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No Juvenile Training for U8s to U12s on Sunday 1st October

24 September, 2017 - 21:16

There will be no Juvenile training in Dangan for U8s to U12s on Sunday 1st October due to the County Cross Country Championships which take place at the Palace Grounds in Tuam at 1 O' Clock.  Many of our young athletes and  their coaches will be attending the event.  

Please arrive at 12 O'clock to get your race number.  If you need a club singlet they will be available to purchase at training on Friday night or at the event on Sunday. The cost is €15.

Best of luck to all our athletes , many of whom are racing for their first time.

Please note entries are closed for this event now.  However if athletes wish to enter the Uneven ages X Country on Sunday 8th Oct in Kilcornan they can still do so by signing up at training .

The Older Sprint group will train as normal on Sunday.



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22 September, 2017 - 23:32
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Its Cross Country season again and time to 'dig out' the spikes. There is quite a 'congested' fixture list from this weekend up to December, between cross country events and also some permitted local road races. This weekend will see the Castlegar Open cross country races and the Loughrea AC 10k road race.

The County Cross Country Championships take place in Tuam on Sunday 1st October.

It would be great to see the Club represented at the upcoming various County, Connaught and National Cross Country events. Its a fun (don't listen to anyone who says otherwise), great team event, run in all kinds of underfoot conditions and over different courses. Below is a list of Cross Country events and local AAI permitted road races.

Anyone interested in running the County Cross Country please let the Secretay know by 5pm on Monday 25th September

[email protected]                Mobile: 087 9234224

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Results of the Primary Schools Cross Country Semi finals

21 September, 2017 - 15:48
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Please see the Semi final results attached below.

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Galway Primary Schools 2017

19 September, 2017 - 20:03

The 2017 Galway Primary Schools Cross Country Semi Finals were held today in Renmore. A huge crowd of over 1,600 runners, their teachers,  parents and supporters were in attendance  and all enjoyed the day Attached are the Provisional Semi final results . The Top 40 in each race plus the top 5 teams in each race will go forward to the County Finals , which will be held next Tuesday 26th September in Renmore , Galway again ( start of first race will be 12 noon. ) . There will be four races, 3rd and 4th Class Girls, 3rd/4th Boys, 5th /6th Girls and 5th /6th Boys

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Coach Education Course

18 September, 2017 - 14:31


  • Course:                Assistant Coaching Course
  • Venue:                  Dangan Track
  • Time:                    10am
  • Date:                     Satuday 23rd September 2017

To register for this course please follow the following link:-


GCH Club Coaches and those who commit to a term of coaching with the club can apply to have their fees refunded.

To avail of a refund please forward Athletic Ireland receipt to [email protected] or hand in receipts to Noeleen Healy at the gate or to any of the coaches in attendance at any of the scheduled Juvenile track sessions which take place each week.

Categories: Juvenile News

Sign up at Training to enter the Galway Cross Country Championships

14 September, 2017 - 19:37

Cross Country 2017

The County Cross Country Championships  ( Even Ages) take place at Palace Grounds in Tuam on Sunday 1st October.  Start time tba.  Please see details of the events below.  Anyone interested in competing should sign up at Training before Friday 22nd September.  Please keep an eye out on our Facebook Page for any changes/updates prior to the Event.


Events & Distances                           

U10s - 1000m;                                    Born 2008/2009

U12s - 2000m ;                                   Born 2006/2007

U14s - 3000m;                                    Born 2004/2005

U16s - 4000m ;                                   Born 2002/2003

U18s - 4000m (girls) 6,000 (boys)     Born 2000/2001



Please arrive at least 1 hour before the First race so that athletes can walk the course and identify the Start and Finish areas.  These events are busy and it can take a bit of time to locate these areas.  It can be stressful for children if they arrive late and havn’t had time to check out the course.

 Athletes need to collect their Race Number from their Coach before the Race.


Athletes are advised to warm up approx   20/30 min  before their Race time.


Athletes need to wear a Club singlet to compete.  Singlets will be available to purchase at Training in the Shed and on Race Day at cost of €15.


Athletes should bring the following; 

·         Waterproof  jacket for before and after the race

·         Tracksuit

·         Running Spikes /Trainers

·         GCH Singlet  ( available to purchase at Training or on the day for €15)

·         Running shorts/tights

·         Bottle of water/snack

 All athletes must have signed up for this event at Training, it will not be possible to enter the competitions on the day.   Best wishes to all our athletes for an enjoyable day. 

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Autumn Training

14 September, 2017 - 16:17

Cross Country
The track season may only just be coming to an end but, if athletes have aspirations of being competitive this winter then thoughts need to shift towards cross country fairly lively!
All Ireland Championships take place at the end of November and December (For masters athletes the trial for the Irish team to compete against England, Scotland and Wales takes place the third weekend in October). It is proposed that we get those interested in competing at these events together for a meeting on 5th September, 8pm at the Westwood, to see who is available to compete for the u18, u20, senior and masters teams and to set out a plan for training.

Jerome has groups in the final stages of marathon preparation so whilst there may be scope for some overlap I will try to co-ordinate preparation for cross country. With such a shortened season due to the major races taking place before Christmas (apart from maybe intervarsity), the training phases need to be condensed more than I would like but the overall work done towards cross country can serve as a base upon which to build a track season or prepare for spring road races.

Suggested Training phases for cross country

• Preparing to train- start to build up volume of running back up towards at least what you managed last year. Initially keep to easy and steady aerobic work, some strides after runs to keep in touch with speed, and start building up your strength and conditioning taking care to address any weaknesses that may have lead to previous injuries.

• Base phase-Supplement your easy and steady runs by starting to incorporate increasing amounts of threshold and tempo work. A-lactic hills can help develop power without lactate loading. Continuous hills can build in endurance whilst still working on aerobic power.

• Event specific training-Lots of tempo work at just faster than cross country pace on grass in spikes is the best way to help translate your fitness into good race performance. More hill work and gradual introduction of some 3km/5km paced work will also be of benefit. Use races as part of your training to prepare for your key race, experimenting with different tactics.

• Pre-competition- Cut the volume slightly in the final 10 days leading into your key race whilst maintaining the pace.

Given you probably want a minimum 8-12 weeks for the base phase and event specific work, which is still less than ideal, you really want to get cracking with the first phase and start building up your steady running a.s.ap.

September will involve some longer tempo and threshold work so we will try to run on trails and pitches to reduce the impact on legs and to take advantage of the last of the longer evenings. So I suggest we meet at 6.15 pm for drills, with a view to starting the session at 6.30pm, for 4 weeks from the 5th September. Jerome's marathon group will continue to meet at the usual time. If anybody can't make the earlier start they should be able to join in with the marathon group. There is likely to be a big group at Tuesday’s sessions in September so this should also help to smooth the integration of new members and students.

Cross country is the sport in its purist form and can benefit any endurance athlete. The All-Ireland cross country is the best race of the year.  It’s worth noting that the best of the Irish u20 1500m runners last winter were also some of the best performing cross country runners in their age group this summer, and in recent years the Irish men’s euro cross team has been heavily dependent on the marathon guys. There should be a strong team element and it would be great to see lots of people having a go and our teams making an impact at regional and national level. We can’t let a Mayo club win the Connacht champs!

Jerome's sessions :
Tuesday 7.30 pm -> track in Dangan
Thursday 7.00 pm -> Tempo / Threshold session on the trails (meeting at the pavilion for 3km warm up)
Sunday 9.00 am -> long run from the cathedral

Juvenile Training resumes on Sunday 10th September

9 September, 2017 - 16:53

Looking forward to welcoming our Juveniles back to training after the Summer Break on Sunday 10th September at 10.30a.m.

Training will continue as usual on Friday evenings at 7pm and Sunday mornings at 10.30am.

There will be a short information session for Parents of athletes after training on Sunday 10 th Sept in the Pavillion in Dangan at 11.50am.



Categories: Juvenile News

Juvenile Cross Country Fixtures

7 September, 2017 - 19:40


2017 Cross Country fixtures

Tue 19 Sep - Primary Schools Semi-finals Renmore

Sat 23rd Sept, Castlegar Open Cross Country –  incl

Juvenile relays (4 x 500m)  U8 – U14, plus  3K & 4K course

Tue 26 Sep - Primary Schools Finals - Renmore


County Cross Country Championships


1st Oct – Even ages 10 – 18yrs – Tuam

8th Oct – Un-even ages  9 – 19yrs – Venue tbc


Connacht Cross Country Championships


Sat 14th Oct, Connacht Primary Schools Roscommon, venue tbc

Sun 29th Oct, Connachts  Evens ages 12-18yrs - Calry, Hazelwood, Sligo

Sun 5th Nov, Connacht Uneven ages 9- 19yrs Moyne Community School, Longford


National Cross Country Championships


Sun 26th Nov, Evens and Inter-Club/Counties, Abbotstown,

Sun 17th Dec ,Un-evens and Novice., venue tbc



Categories: Juvenile News

Juvenile Membership to re-open for New Members

30 August, 2017 - 16:22

Juvenile Membership is to re-open on September 1st for any  new members who wish to join the Club from Sept to December 2017.    The Cost is €50 for each new member and payment can be made online on this Website.   Athletes must have reached 7 years of age in order to join.  (Please note if you are already are a GCH Club member this fee does not apply)

Training will resume on Sunday 10th Sepember at 10.30 am at Dangan Track.



Categories: Juvenile News


19 August, 2017 - 19:58

Our annual summer social takes place at Crowe's Bar Bohermore next Saturday, 26th August from 8.00pm We hope to see as many as possible in attendance and finger food will be served. Great way to fuel up after the Claregalway 10K !
This is a great chance to meet and recap all the highlights of the year so far.
We need definite numbers. If you are attending, this needs to be done by Wednesday at the latest.


email: [email protected]    mobile: 087 9234224


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Claregalway 10k

19 August, 2017 - 19:23

Support our neighbouring Club, Clare River Harriers 10k next Saturday.


30th CLAREGALWAY 10K Road Race/Fun Run/Walk - Saturday 26-Aug-2017 at 6pm

Enter online at:…/claregalway-10k-road-race-fun-run-w…

Flat one lap course:

Entry Fee €20 [€5 from each entry fee goes to Galway Hospice] T-shirt for all entries. Timing by RedTag Timing.

Race pack pick-up and Late Entries (taken up to 5.30pm) at the Community Centre, Claregalway, Co. Galway. Start outside Claregalway National School. Finish outside Claregalway Community Centre.

The Claregalway Community Centre is located approx 500 meters from the Claregalway Corporate Park just outside Claregalway on the N18 Limerick/Dublin road

Prizes for the first 5 individual men, the first 5 individual ladies and the first 2 men and ladies over 40, 50 and 60.

Brendan Gavin memorial plaque for the largest team entered. Refreshments afterwards in the Community Centre.

see for full details.


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Galway Clinic Streets of Galway 8k - Prize list

15 August, 2017 - 15:35
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The 2017 Galway Clinic Streets of Galway 8k provisional prize list is attached. Congratulations to all those who won a prize,  to all who competed,  and especially to all who visited Galway for the race, on what was an amazing and hugely enjoyable evening of running , watched by thousands on the iconic route. GCH would ask that any queries or amendments be notified by Friday next at noon ,to race email [email protected] .The final list will be published Friday at 5pm . Any prizes not yet collected will be posted out .  

Categories: Streets of Galway

The Streets of Galway continues to win the hearts of athletes and the public in Galway

14 August, 2017 - 15:53

Full results from the Galway Clinic Streets of Galway 2017 can be found here.

The  sun shone brightly last Saturday evening in Galway with over 3000 athletes taking part in the 32nd Galway Clinic Streets of Galway which was sold out once again.

What is now a major event in the Summer Calendar in Galway grows each year and offers athletes and fun runners a unique chance through run through the heart of Galway City.

Included in the sold out race was local runners, elite athletes and over 1000 visitors from Dublin, Cork and Limerick,

This year the male race was won by Kevin Maunsell from Clonmel in a time of  23.44 followed in 2nd place by Freddie Keron Sittuk from Raheny Shamrock and in 3rd by Hugh Armstrong from Ballina AC.

Siobhan O Doherty from Borrisokane AC  claimed the Ladies prize in a time of 27:44 followed by Caroline Crowley in 2nd and  Nicola Duncan from GCH in 3rd place.

Many of the top employers in the city had teams such as Boston, Medtronic, Avaya, Alere and the Galway Clinic. There was a carnival atmosphere at the start with Joanne Murphy MC the event and Galway Bay FM  broadcasting live at the start line.

The fine weather ensured the route was lined with tourists and family & friends of the runners shouting encouragement at every corner.

The 8km route showcases all the iconic attractions of  the city including the  Claddagh, Long Walk, Eyre Square, Galway Cathederal and the glorious Salt hill promenade.

The race attracts many runners each year and features 3 gents who have ran each year since its conception, Congrats to Patrick Larkin, Ger Murphy and Ger Meehan.

Thanks must be given to Garda, Civil Defence and the 300 marshals who ensured the safety of the runners.

Galway City Harriers the organisers of the ‘Streets are delighted to have started a  3 year partnership with the  Galway Clinic as the Streets of Galway 8k race sponsor. The Galway Clinic, is a Galway institution and is a major health provider and employer for the city and county, The Clinic aims to improve the health and quality of life of the individuals and communities it serves, and to promote health and wellbeing.

GCH are already looking forward to 2018 with  date of  Saturday 11th of August as the date

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Race List

10 August, 2017 - 07:30

This page will contain the list of runners registered (online and offline) for the 2017 Streets of Galway. 


Data to be uploaded Thursday 10th 

Upcoming Galway County AAI 5k Road Race Championship

9 August, 2017 - 18:31

The 2017 Galway County AAI 5K Road Race Championships will take place in conjunction with the Caltra and District AC 5KM road race on Saturday 19th August 2017 at 10am

The results of these championships will be based on the race's official result and it's incumbent on all local athletes to be correctly registered, both club and category. Galway AAI will produce the County Championship result and get the winners their medals as soon as possible thereafter.

County Championship Medals will be assigned to the following categories:

* 1st/2nd/3rd Male/Female Senior, Masters 035, O50 and O65

*1st/2nd/3rd Male/Female teams of four finishers.

Link this link to entry  the County 5K Road Race Championship.


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Galway Clinic Streets of Galway Race number Pick Up

8 August, 2017 - 08:40

Important Information for all Streets of Galway athletes Unless you have specific arrangements with an associated charity or other organisation, individual race-pack collection times are as follows this year:

2pm - 8pm on Friday 11th August 2017
9am - 4pm on Saturday 12th August 2017 (race-day)

Please follow marshals instructions for parking when picking numbers, You can park along Grattan Road in front of South Park Fri or Sat or in the car park beside hall ( on Friday only & very limited spaces)

Remember, the race starts at 7pm sharp on the evening of Saturday 12th August, with the start-line located again at the Galway Technical Institute, Fr. Griffin Road, Galway – see the course map for full route details.

Please also consult the race FAQ on the website of host club Galway City Harriers AC for all race logistics and to brief yourself fully as to what is involved. As the race starts and finishes in a residential area, we would ask that you respect the local environs by not obstructing access to private residences and to use the bins and toilets provided.

As traffic will be extremely busy in and around the race location, we ask that you allow ample time to travel into and through Galway city on race-day and car pool/use public transport where possible.

We hope that you enjoy the race and your evening in Galway and look forward to seeing you on the 12th August. 

Remember there will be post race refreshments at the Claddagh Hall and the Race Marquee for all finishers! 

If you have any further queries in the meantime, please contact us at [email protected].

Yours in running,
Streets 2017 Race Organising Committee


Galway Athletes join forces for Team Ireland

6 August, 2017 - 07:39

Eight Galway athletes were selected  for this years Celtic Games International V teams from Scotland and Wales in Morton Stadium yesterday demonstrating  the current growing  strength of athletics in Galway .   This is attributed to a huge voluntary effort by Club Coaches, the County Board and parents within the various clubs. 

GCH has three representatives on the team.  Aoife Sheehy ran a magnificent race in the 400m hurdles to claim 3rd place.  Lydia Doyle  finished 4th in the 100m hurdles.  Aoife Sheehy donned the tri colour for a second time to join Club mate Laura Nally in the 4 x 400m relay where Aoife ran the 3rd leg and Laura the anchor leg to bring the team home  4th position.

Athenry AC were well represented by Ryan McNeilis in the 400m hurdles.  Daniel Callanan Forde from Loughrea AC competed in the Triple Jump and Craughwell’s Jerry Keary competed in  the High Jump, Laura Cunningham in the Triple Jump and Chloe Casey in the Discus.

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Galway Clinic Streets of Galway

2 August, 2017 - 19:49


Race Day is less than 2 weeks away:

Here is a map outlining the key areas on the day :


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Upcoming Fixtures to Note

19 July, 2017 - 15:03
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FIXTURES. Please find attached a brief fixture list with some dates to note

The following are upcoming fixtures of note for July.

Track & Field:

Thursday 20th July.Dangan Track @7.45pm: Series of 1 mile time trials. (8, 7,6,5,4 minute) All clubs and athletes welcome.

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd July. National Senior Track & Field championships, Morton Stadium, Santry.

Sunday 30th July. Round 2 National Track & Field League

ROAD RACES: Saturday 29th July. Balla 10k, (25th running of) Mayo @7pm


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