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Galway Outdoor Track & Field Timetable/Schedule for 29th April

28 April, 2017 - 11:25

Attached is the timtable for the Galway County Track & Field tomorrow .( Saturday 29th April)

Events commence at 10am. Please note that this timetable is a guideline only. Events may run ahead of schedule, so arrive well in advance of your event.

Entry is closed. There will be absolutely no entries of any kind accepted on the day.

Due to unforseen circumstances, the Steeplechase has been removed from the event listing for tomorrow.

Any help will be greatly appreciated on the day.

Best of luck to all competing.


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Galway 5km Series

24 April, 2017 - 06:54

We are looking forward to the 1st leg of the 5km series tomorrow evening.

Please find attached map of the course.


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Upcoming dates to note & fixture list 23rd April - 27th August 2017

15 April, 2017 - 22:24
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Upcoming dates to note:

Sunday 23rd April. National Road Relay Championships. Raheny.Closing date 18th April.

Saturday 29th April. Galway County Outdoor Track (up to 1500m) & Field events.

Events for u13 to u19s, Senior & Master (o35, o50, o65). Closing date Thur. 20th April

Venue: Dangan @10am.

Please note that the furthest track distance on this day is 1500m. Contact the secretary no later than Thursday 20th April please for entry.  Ensure that you are currently registered with the club for 2017.

Contact: [email protected]  or Mags at 087-9234224


Attached is a fixture list to 27th August 2017. Happy Easter everyone !

Links to note:

Galway Clinic Streets of Galway:

AAI National Half:

National Marathon:












Categories: Member Notices

No Juvenile Athletic Training on Good Friday or Easter Sunday

10 April, 2017 - 16:16

There will be no athletic training in Dangan for Juveniles on either Good Friday or Easter Sunday.

Anyone wishing to compete in the Galway County Championships  ( U13 - U19) will need to sign up on either Wednedsay 12th April or Wednesday 19th April.

Sign up sheets for U8 to U12 will be available at the track from Friday 21st April to Friday 28th April.


Categories: Juvenile News

GCH Athletes Shine at the National Indoor Championships

4 April, 2017 - 19:58

Three days of exciting racing came to a close at the Weekend at the  2017 National Indoor championships in Athlone I.T. The Club was well represented with over 40 athletes qualifying for this years Championships.

Jack Dempsey secured three medals at the Championships. Having been so close to Gold in the 60m at the Junior Championships earlier in January where a well timed dip by his opponent cost him the Junior title.   Jack took control of the U19 race from the gun, establishing an early lead.  He held on for a strong finish clocking 6.97 sec, leaving his competitors to fight out for the silver and bronze positions. Jack also competed in the 200m last weekend where he claimed a bronze medal.  Our Boys U19 4 X 200m relay  team won silver medals on Day 1 of the Competition after an enthralling battle with old rivals Menapians A.C.  The GCH team consisted of Sean Kilmartin, Jack Dempsey, Luke O’Shaughnessy and Darren Costello.  Three of this  quartet  ( Jack, Sean and Luke) have been together since U12 and have won several national titles and set numerous championship best performances over the years and it was great to see them make the podium once again in their final year of Juvenile competition.

Lydia Doyle continues to go from strength to strength in 2017. She was the clear winner of the U18 Girls 60m hurdles at the weekend. Fastest out of the blocks Lydia took the lead from the gun clearing all hurdles seamlessly in a time of 8.99.  Lydia, who has worked hard on her speed over the winter also took Silver in the U18 girls 60m sprint in a very competitive field.

Emma Moore ran a perfectly executed 800m race in the U14 Girls 800m to claim the National title in an outstanding time of 2.17 seconds. Emma tucked in behind the race leader Maeve O’Neill for the first three laps of the race . With 200m to go Emma made her move to the front and dominated the race from there with her lightening speed and went on to win by over a second.

Seren O’Toole took on a number of events in this years Championships. She earned a well deserved bronze medal in the U16 Girls 60m hurdles having placed 5th earlier in the day in the 200m final.  Seren also placed 5th in the Long Jump the previous weekend.

Eoghan Jennings continues to develop his skill at the Pole Vault where he was the well deserved winner of a silver medal in the U16 Boys competition on Day 2.  Eoghan achieved a great new personal best of 2.75m.

Our 1500m runners Aaron Brennan and Eanna Folan put in tremendous performances in the U17 and U19 Boys races with both lads finishing just outside the medals in 4th place.  Aaron and Eanna have both put in a strong cross country season and will no doubt be encouraged by their progress so early in the year.


The following athletes also qualified for finals with many  achieving new pbs and all will have gained valuable experience for the upcoming Summer Outdoor Season.

Ava McKeon 6th in 800m and 8th in 60m hurdles.

Aoife Sheehy 6th in U18 Girls 400m

Rachel Hughes 7th U17 Girls 800m

Robert McDonnell 8th  U16 Boys 60m

Thomas McStay 8th U18 Boys 1500m

Paula Crissan 12th U15 Girls High Jump

Aoife Waldron 14th U14 Girls Long jump


Well done to all our athletes who qualified for this years National Indoor Championships.


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Training for 9 Year Olds and Older to move Outdoors from Friday 31st March

27 March, 2017 - 16:23

Now that the long evenings are here at last training for children aged 9 years  and older will move oudoors onto the Running Track in Dangan. It commences at 7p.m. and finishes at 8.15p.m.

Children aged 7 & 8 train on Sunday mornings at 10.30 a.m. until 12 O'Clock.

Categories: Juvenile News

Planning for athletes and coaches

24 March, 2017 - 15:22

We had a great workshop with Liz Egan yesterday evening. Liz led us through some practical exercises with key life skills of goal setting, prioritising and planning. It was superb to have a mix of our youth, senior and masters members learning together.

These were a great complement to the workshop by Karen Weekes in February on applying the mind to maximum effect. The planning templates and advice sheets are available here for all.

A related podcast is "How to be more productive" from Freakonomics Radio

Have a great 2017 season of many accomplishments!


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Galway 5km Series

20 March, 2017 - 22:03
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The annual Galway 5km series are pleased to announce registration will open this Friday night March 24th at 8pm

Enter here :

For more details please visit



Categories: Senior News

Chris McGrath - RIP

13 March, 2017 - 18:21

All at Galway City Harriers were saddened to hear of the tragic death last weekend of Chris McGrath, a recent member of city club GCH.

Chris had competed with the club since juvenile days in the 1990s, and was a very talented and committed athlete who won numerous titles at Juvenile level. In recent years he competed at cross country and road races at regional and National level for GCH and Galway county. A terrific win at the Connacht Intermediate Cross Country in St Marys in 2012 and a top 50 National senior cross country finish in Tullamore in 2013 were among the highlights of his career. Chris was a hugely keen, enthusiastic, talented and very competitive runner who always gave his best...

We wish to express our condolences and sympathy to his family and friends, and to the many GCH members, and athletes around Galway, who grew up, coached, trained and raced with Chris over the years. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.


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International Call up for Cillian Jordan

12 March, 2017 - 18:47

Congrats to Cillian Jordan  who had an outstanding run in Mallusk Co. Antrim yesterday to finish 8th in the Junior Boys competition at the All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships securing his place on the Irish team for an upcoming Schools International Competition.  Cillian was representing St Enda's Secondary School.

Barry Murphy and Eoghan Jennings ran fine races also in the Junior Boys race with Barry finishing in 17th and Eoghan in 29th position.  

In the Inter Boys race Thomas McStay who has been hampered by injury in recent weeks did well to finish in 46th place .  Aoife King was impressive in the Senior Girls race taking 19th place and in the Senior Boys race Eanna Folan secured 14th place,  Gary Martyn 26th and Michael Healy in 51st position.



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Connacht Indoor Results

1 March, 2017 - 17:53

The Connacht Indoor Track and Field Championships were held at the Athlone IT Arena last weekend, over two days of exciting competition. A huge entry of almost 900 athletes competed in a packed programme of over 100 events.

At Senior level  GCH secured plenty of silverware , with golds coming via Eoin Lyons in the Men’s 800m, Nicole King, who cruised to victory in the Senior Ladies 200m, as did Majella Loftus in the Senior Ladies 60m .Kathryn Casserly took 1500m silver after an exciting battle with Aisling Joyce of NUIG, and the GCH Ladies relay team also secured silver as well as a TV slot on TG4 - well done to Majella Loftus, Jean O Connor and to Sonya and Nicole King ! .

In the field , Cliff Jennings won the Pole Vault title, and Brendan Staunton was a clear winner in the Senior Men’s Shot Putt, while  Henrique Nkolovata won the Triple Jump title and took silver in the Long Jump.

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GCH athletes produce top class performances at the Connacht Indoor Championships

27 February, 2017 - 21:30

GCH had a hugely successful day at the Connacht Indoor Championships in Athlone at the weekend. 

Jack Dempsey and Seren O’Toole were the stars of the Games each winning triple Gold medals in their age groups.  Jack won the U19 Boys 60m , 200m and helped team mates Sean Kilmartin, Kacper Poniatowski, and Darren Costello to Gold in the 4 X 200m relay.  Seren won the 200m, 60m hurdles and the long jump.

Emma Moore won Double Gold in the 800m and 60m and helped team mates Gillian McGrath, Aoife Waldron and Nicole Quirke to silver in the Girls U14 relay.  Ava McKeon also won double gold winning both the 60m hurdles, 600m and then went on to claim silver in the 60m and anchored her relay team of Leana McDonncha, Isabella Burke and Kelsey wall to bronze in the U13 Girls relay.

Robert McDonnell won the U16 Boys 200m and came 3rd in the 60m.  Darragh Jennings won the U14 Boys 800m and was 3rd in the Shot Putt.  Lydia Doyle won the U18 Girls 60m hurdles and was 2nd in both the 200m and 60m sprint.  Darren Costello won the 60m sprint .  Rachel Hughes won the U17 Girls 800m and Mary Duggan won the U16 Girls Shot Putt.  Aaron Brennan won the U17 Boys 1500m and was 3rd in the 800m. Eoghan Jennings won the U16 Boys pole vault and was 4th in the Shot putt.


Other notable performers were Sean Kilmartin who claimed silver in both the U19 Boys 60m and the 200m sprints.  Diego Brule won silver in both the 400m and 60m hurdles.  Rita Lahoe won silver in both the 60m hurdles and  was 4th in the 60m sprint .  Kacper Poniatowski won bronze in the 60m sprint.  Other qualifers for the National were Gary Martyn finishing 4th in the U18 Boys 1500m ,  Sinead Duggan in the U15 Girls 60m and Jonathan McGrath in the U16 Boys 60m hurdles and 200m.

Our U12 Girls performed really well to finish 5th overall in the 4x100m relay.  Well done to Caoimhe Callaghan, Mia Craughwell, Kayla McKeon and Sadbh Farthling.

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Workshop: Planning for Success

26 February, 2017 - 22:02

Following on from our Sports Psychology Talk earlier in the month, we are holding a workshop on Planning and Goal setting.  This will be facilitated by Dr Elizabeth Egan.

Thursday 23rd March 7.30pm - 9.30pm Croi House, Moyola Lane.

The aim of the workshop is to introduce some basic lifestyle principles that athletes can apply to their sporting and non sporting lives over the coming year.  It will have a strong emphasis on weekly, monthly and annual planning, making informed decisions and ensuring sustainable balance.

Numbers are limited for this workshop and Club Members are encouraged to sign up early before the event is opened to non Club Members.

Tickets and more information on Eventbrite.



GCH Bursary/Athlete Support Fund

25 February, 2017 - 18:25
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GCH Bursary/Athlete Support Fund is now open for applications.  Forms are attached and should be completed returned to [email protected] by 10th March. 

Bursary payments will be dependent upon club funds being available and will be awarded at the discretion of the Galway City Harriers bursary committee and/or management committee .  The committee retain the right to withhold payment if the conditions below are not satisfied.

Applicant must be a paid up member of Galway City Harriers.



Two categories are available

GCH Under 23 Athlete Development

This bursary is open to athletes who have been a National champion at senior or age group level in the past 12 months . Athletes that are not national champions but have recorded outstanding times or distances   will also be considered and may apply.
Applicants must be Aged 18-23 at date of application.

Bursary fund of €1500 with up to three slots available.

GCH Athlete Bursary

This bursary is intended to provide a level of support to competitive national and international level GCH athletes.  The bursary is open to athletes who meet two or more of the following criteria:

  • Have been an individual National medallist or finalist at senior or age group level in the past 12 months  .
  • Athletes that have recorded outstanding times or distances  in their event.
  • Athletes that intend to compete for GCH in a recognised EA/IAAF international level event

Applicants must be Aged 18 and over at date of application

Bursary fund of €500 available

Return forms to Galway City Harriers c/o [email protected] by 10th March.

Decision regarding granting of bursaries will be made by Committee by the following weekend.

The remainder of this year’s Bursary Fund has already been allocated to support the development of GCH athletes (including the upcoming Running Endurance Camp in Portugal for 16-18 juveniles age group and support of individual senior international athlete)

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Juvenile Training Cancelled on Sunday 26th Feb

22 February, 2017 - 18:35

There will be no Juvenile training in Dangan on Sunday 26th Feb due to the Connacht Indoor Championships in Athlone.  Best of luck to all our athletes at the event.

Categories: Juvenile News

Round up of Senior/Master Cross Country Season 2016-2017

20 February, 2017 - 12:04
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The 2016-2017 Cross Country Season has finally ended. Some may well have said good riddance, never again, while others are already looking forward to the beginning of the new xc season in October. The long hauls to some of the events and hard slogs around some of the courses, not to mention the training sessions -  well... they say variety is the spice of life !

Well done to all who competed over the season, and hope to see many of you back for the new season !

Attached below is a round up of the season.

Categories: Senior News

Indoors Entries for Connaught Senior and National Masters events

16 February, 2017 - 22:43

The Indoor season will soon come to a close. If you havn't already declared your interest in either event the details are as follows:

Sunday 26th Feb. : Connaught Senior Indoors, Athlone IT. Closing date for entry , Sun.19th Feb.

Sunday 5th March: National Masters Indoors, Athlone IT. Closing date for entry , Friday 24th Feb

Contact: [email protected] or Mags at 0879234224

Categories: Senior News

Provisional Timetables for Connacht Indoor Championships

14 February, 2017 - 20:55
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Please see below the links to the  Provisional Timetable for the Connacht Indoor Championships on 25th & 26th February.  Please check for any updates nearer the event.

Categories: Juvenile News

2017 Provisional Fixtures

14 February, 2017 - 20:37
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Please see the links below for 2017 fixtures.  

Please note event dates and venues may be subject to change and always check for updates on our Facebook Page.

Also please see the link to the AAI 2017 Competition Booklet below;

Categories: Juvenile News

Summary Notes from Karen Weekes

14 February, 2017 - 17:17
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A great talk last night from Dr Karen Weekes - lots of practical advice on how to deal with the boredom, fatigue and pain of training and tips on motivation. Plenty of food for thought for us - I'm sure everyone came away with something they can apply to their training and racing.

A follow-on session around goal-setting is being planned for GCH members in late March/early April. Watch this space.

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