Membership Open for 2021

Membership of Galway City Harriers for 2021 is now open.

Current membership is valid until 31st January 2021.

You can sign up on https://clubforce.com/clubs/athletics-galway-city-harriers-galway/

Any queries contact

Adult Section gchmembership@gmail.com

Juvenile Section secretary.gchjuvenile@gmail.com

Virtual Cross Country Challenge Results

The final results* of the nationwide Virtual Cross Country Challenge (which was as close to an All Irelands as we got in 2020) have just been released by Athletics Ireland and the Regional Development Officers who drove this great idea. A massive 4600 juveniles took part and -as per normal years – to finish in the top 100 in any category represents a superb performance as there literally hundreds in most races, closer to a thousand in some.

Galway City Harriers had a wonderful participation rate and we congratulate all who took part and all who made the 100* listed (below) in their categories today…William McDonnell was highest placed of our athletes, finishing in 18th place of 138 u17 boys, while Seamus Hayes was a brilliant 27th of the u11s. Further details of final national placings* are listed below and in the attached link.

*It must be noted that all these results need to be taken as a guide or benchmark as courses and conditions varied across the events held by individual clubs.

https://www.athleticsireland.ie/…/athletics-ireland…

U10
Lucy O’Connor 90th
Keelan Keady 98th

U11
Lauren Foley 61st
Orna Dunne 66th
Alannah Joyce 91st
Seamus Hayes 27th
Dara Breathnach 60th
Ciaran O’Driscoll 78th

U13
Jennifer McCarthy 69th
Oisin Maher 63rd

U15
Caitlin Podmore 100th/355
Oisin Phelan 73rd/304
Senan McDonnell 97th
Conor Burke 76th

U17
Isabella Burke 46th/139
Fauve Aylmer 49th
Aoibhe Joyce 53rd
Leana Nic Donnacha 77th
Gillian McGrath 85th
William McDonnell 18th/138
Eoin Killeen 29th
Robert Urquhart 38th
Luke Dahler 51st
Sean Duggan 58th
Daithi Kilcommins 61st

Well done to all our athletes who took part in this and the Cross Country season overall. Fingers crossed we may see more similar opportunities for these runners in 2021.

Galway City Harriers wish all our members a very happy Christmas & a successful year in 2021.

We thank you for your involvement throughout 2020 and share some of the images that show how we have continued to thrive as a club.

Huge congrats to GCH athlete Jonathan McGrath

Jonathan McGrath

Huge congrats to GCH athlete Jonathan McGrath on playing a big part in Galway’s wonderful u20 All Ireland final win today against Dublin.

Jonathan’s family are significant members of the club, with John a long-standing coach & siblings Gillian & Richard still training at juvenile level. Jonathan had a prolific time as an excellent sprinter & all-around athlete during his juvenile years which have only recently elapsed. Many congrats to Jonathan and family on this great achievement which will make Christmas 2020 extra special for them & Galway.

https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2020/1219/1185448-dublin-v-galway-all-ireland-u20-fc-final-updates/?fbclid=IwAR0svJHOLOqSP-uhKP9QLEgCt-5FaWOFukS5vQF36ZxAiFc-8OZD1Br9VDo

Eimear Rowe & Robert McDonnell named on the Irish Relay Squad

Seren O'Toole, Robert McDonnell, Eimear Rowe

As though last night’s breaking news re Seren O’Toole wasn’t great enough, additional info received this morning is that two additional juvenile athletes have also been named on the Irish relay squads for those major international championships in 2021.

Eimear Rowe was a national champion in 2019 for both 400m and Relay – and medalled over 200m also. This outstanding form made her an obvious selection candidate and we are delighted for her, her family and the coaches involved. Like Seren, she has already represented Ireland internationally.

Robert McDonnell has been making waves internationally for quite some time; his selection for both 4×100 and 4x400m was not a surprise! Robert took the National 400m title this year following multiple titles, records & accolades for 2019.He has also brought his 100m time down significantly to count himself among the country’s leading sprinters – as well as being among the nation’s most promising 1 lap athletes.

The coaches who helped make this happen deserve applause also – notably PJ Coyle, Brendan Glynn and Dave Shaughnessy – among many juvenile coaches past and present.

After we pause to take a deep breath from this ultra-exciting news we will add further details; for now, we acclaim & celebrate this history-making trio in creating one of our club’s best ever moments.

Gallery – Track 2020

International call-up to the Irish squad for Seren O’Toole

Seren O'Toole

Massive Congratulations to GCH Juvenile, Seren O’Toole who has received a richly-deserved international call-up to the Irish squad for the Women’s and Mixed 4x400m Squads for the European u20 Championships in Estonia and the World U20 Championships in Kenya.

This is the culmination of many outstanding years in the club and testimony to her dedication & talent. In August, Seren won National Junior gold over 400m Hurdles; she has won numerous national titles as an individual and (relay) team player, and has already represented Ireland (pictured).

We are thrilled for Seren, her family and club coach Dave Shaughnessy. Already there’s a big reason for GCH to look forward to 2021! Wishing you the very best in your preparation, Seren – we are all behind you!

Running after dark

Galway Night Running

For those of you that like night running there are two bits of news from Galway City Council. The installation of lights at the Swamp and on the walkway beyond Blackrock will be complete by the end of January 2021, making those paths much safer for running after dark.

And at today’s Galway City Council meeting, funding was approved to put lights on the Westside running track. That work will be completed during 2021.

Athletics Ireland – Strategic Planning Members Survey 2020

Strategic Plan

We greatly encourage members to take a few minutes out to take part in the Strategic Planning survey for Athletics Ireland. The input of members on this will influence the future direction of our sport into the 2020s.

The current Athletics Ireland strategic plan concludes at the end of 2020. Covid-19 has delayed the progression of the strategic plan development and we are now initiating this survey to give all our members an opportunity to contribute to the future of Athletics Ireland. We welcome your input on this planning process.

The current strategic plan can be accessed at the following link: https://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/other/Strategic_Plan_low-res_(2).pdf  

Thank you for your time in completing this survey

We attach some relevant pages from the previous survey for reference.

GCH National Outdoor Champions

T.F. Smythe

Given the weekend just past where we re-lived some of our country’s history and enjoyed the remarkable symmetry of Mayo, Tipp, Dublin and Cavan re-emerging as All-Ireland semi-finallists, here’s a list of GCH National Outdoor champions that helps us as a club to remember some heroes past and present from our own club’s history.

These are athletes from 1899 to 2020 who have won national titles for the club.

In total, the titles won seem as follows:

Sprints (to 400m inclusive): 32

Middle Distance (600 to 2km): 27

Long Distance (3k to Marathon): 33

Cross Country: 24

Hurdles: 18

Jumps: 11

Throws: 54

Relays: 58

Notably Sean Breathnach – with 22 – has the joint highest number of National Juvenile titles for males.He has amassed 37 additional national titles (according to these lists) since.Please contact us if there are any omissions you know of.

Many thanks to Pierce O’Callaghan of Tuam AC and Athletics Ireland who has assembled the source national data for this & to Brendan Glynn (pictured) for some additional data.

Brendan Glynn

This list and many others are available at the Club Records section of this website.

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GCH Committee 2021

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GCH AGM

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Juvenile AGM

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