National Cross Country Championship

Thomas McStay

Glorious conditions at Santry for today’s National Cross Country where the cream of Irish distance-running gathered. GCH enjoyed a Top Ten finish courtesy of Thomas McStay, a momentous 8th place in the hotly contested Senior Men’s race. And it was enough for a superb bronze at under 23 Level, a performance that had been touted but it takes something great to deliver the goods as Thomas did today.

Team mate Aaron Brennan (62nd) & David Carter were also inside the Top 100 Seniors, while David Bohan & Conor Byrne were not far behind. Aaron was a brilliant 21st in the u23 category.

Aine O’Farrell showed great form in the stacked-with-stars Senior Women’s race to place 86th. At u18 level, Isabella Burke stormed to a brilliant 32nd out of age, so will relish the u17 event in two weeks. She took the time afterwards to get a photo with hero Ciara Mageean! Eoin Killeen performed very well too with a 152nd place in the u18 Boys race.

Thomas McStay gave us more good news when he was annnounced as part of the Irish Under 23 Cross Country team for the forthcoming European Cross Country Championships on December 12th.
Congrats to Thomas and two fellow Connacht athletes Keelan Kilreehill (Moy Valley) and Thomas Devaney (Castlebar) on their selection: for Connacht to have half of the 6-man team is very encouraging for the province.

Another GCH connection at today’s announcement was AI’s National Endurance Co-ordinator, Matt Locket who spoke of the hard work put in by athletes and coaches to reach this milestone and of his confidence in the squads’ ability to compete with Europe’s best.



The following dates are known or suggested for important 2022 fixtures. This list will be updated as we know morethroughout the year… Schools events are relayed thru the schools so please keep them informed of your child’s interest.

January 2022

  • 8th/9th County Indoors, AIT
  • 15th/16th possible date for National Indoor Combined Events, TBC

February 2022

  • 19th Connacht Indoors Day 1 AIT
  • 20th Connacht Indoors Day 2 AIT

March 2022

  • 12th All Ireland Schools XC, Mullusk, Belfast
  • 13th National Junior & U/23 Indoor C’ships, Athlone
  • 19/20th National Juvenile Indoors Day 1 & Day 2, Athlone

April 2022

  • 2nd National Juvenile Indoor C’ships – Day 3, Athlone

May 2022

  • All TBC
  • County u9/10/11/12 Outdoor, Dangan
  • County u13-19 Outdoor, Dangan
  • County Relays Outdoor, Dangan
  • South Connacht Schools, Dangan (Minor & Junior)/AIT (Inter & Senior plus all hurdles)
  • Connacht Schools, AIT

June 2022

  • 4th (Sat) All Ireland Schools Track & Field, Tullamore
  • 11th (Sat) Connacht Children’s Games and Under 12/13s TBC
  • 18th (Sat) Connacht u14-19 & Junior/Senior/Masters TBC

July 2022

  • 3rd National Juvenile T & F, Day 1, Tullamore
  • 9/10th National Juvenile T & F, Days 2 & 3, Tullamore
  • 17th National Junior T & F
  • 23/24th AAI Games & Combined Events

Strength & Conditioning Sessions

Strength & Conditioning Sessions

New Block of Strength & Conditioning Sessions with David Fitzpatrick – Monday the 8th of November at 6:30pm.

The block is 6 weeks long and will consist of only Monday sessions. However, it is not necessary to do all 6 weeks. There are are ticket sales for either individual days or for the entire block.

Mondays – 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of October, and 6th and 13th of December.

Each session will be approximately 45 minutes in length. Monday’s session will be starting at the slighltly earlier time of 6.30pm.

These sessions are open to anyone, not just runners, but the sessions will be tailored towards getting stronger, more robust for running and exercising and general injury prevention. If you own or have access to equipment then great bring it along. If not do not worry just bring with you anything at all you can that can add an extra challenge to the workout. Examples of this could be a bag pack full of clothes or books or a mixture, a bag of potatoes etc.

Connacht Cross Country Results

Results of the Connacht Cross Country for Senior/Novice/Masters & Juvenile Even Ages thanks to Connacht Athletic.

Ellen Moran continued her stellar season when she was first home in the Senior Women category, while David Bohan ran superby again to be the second-placed Novice male. Olive Gleeson & Niamh Hennelly were a very impressive 1st & 3rd respectively in their 35+ Masters category.

GCH’s top placed under 18 performers were William McDonnell (2nd) and Isabella Burke (3rd), while Eoin Killeen (4th) & Ella O’Connor (8th) placed in the top 10. Well done to the organisers on a very well-rated event with great feedback from far & wide.

The following is a list of the participants from the club & finishing positions:

Senior/Masters/Novice categories:

Ladies Senior
1st Ellen Moran

Women 35+
1st Olive Gleeson
3rd Niamh Hennelly

Novice Men
2nd David Bohan

Men 35+
6th Malcolm Lloyd

Men 50+
9th John Moran

Under 18 Girls
3rd Isabella Burke
8th Ella O’Connor

Under 18 Boys
2nd William McDonnell
4th Eoin Killeen

In the younger Juvenile age categories, the following competed:

Under 12 Girls
12th Emily Maloney
13th Lauren Foley
41st Sarah Donald

Emily & Lauren were scoring members of the Galway team that won team gold.

Under 14 Girls
32nd Caoimhe Lydon
51st Jessica Burke

Under 14 Boys
9th Oisin Maher
11th Odhran O’Driscoll
30th Eamon Lydon
38th James O’Connor
GCH team were 5th

Oisin was a scoring member of the Galway team that won gold in the team competition.

Under 16 Girls
15th Caitlin Podmore
19th Keela Loomes
25th Saoirse Coleman

Caitlin was a scoring member of the Galway County team that finished 2nd.

Congrats to our fellow Galway Athletics clubs who delivered many memorable performances across the programme. It is always a very nice feature of Connacht & National Cross Country that Galway athletes get to compete together as a team.

Ballinderreen 10km

Sunday, 28th November 2021

12:30: Race starts in Ballinderreen village (5 mins walk from the Community Centre/GAA pitch).

10.00-12.00: Race Number pick up for online registration (€20), & Day Registrations (€23), at Ballinderreen Community Centre
(Car parking close by in the GAA pitch).

The course is AAI certified measured, CHIP TIMED, & qualifies as a 2021 Galway County Championship 10k event.

  • Prizes for various categories.
  • Water station close to the 5k mark.
  • Race finishes at community centre.
  • Toilets available at the community centre and GAA grounds.

Event location: 53.182785, -8.906285

Juvenile 1km Race

(Age 8 to 16) at 12:00 pm

Galway Clinic Streets of Galway Results

Streets of Galway 2021

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Galway Clinic Streets of Galway this morning. Well done to all the runners and the volunteers that make it happen

Galway Clinic Streets of Galway 2021 race results are now available on Red Tag Timing

Congratulations to our top 3 Ladies Galway & Limerick Clinic 35th streets of Galway
2st Lizzie Lee Leevale
2nd Regina Casey Galway City Harriers
3rd Ellen Moran Galway City Harriers

Our 3 Male winners for 2021
1st Donal Devane Ennis track
2nd Niall Shanahan An bru AC
3rd William Fitzgerald Craughwell AC

What a great morning we had for the Galway Clinic Streets of Galway 8K this morning. Thanks to the Race Director, Committee members, friends and neighbours who helped out to put on this great event.

New Location for Streets of Galway Race Number Pick Up

Important Galway Clinic Steets of Galway race information regarding number pick up.

Pickup is at the Captains Deck area in Leisureland, Salthill
See map link for location of Leisureland

Race-pack collection times are as follows this year:

12 noon – 6pm on Saturday October 23rd
8am to 9.15 am on Sunday October 24th
There are no other options available so please do not message GCH looking for one.

Due to Public Health guidelines only a limited amount of people will be allowed into hall, please be ready to queue for short period and please follow relevant guidance for indoor settings.

Please note that the Claddagh Hall will be closed.

Covid Questionnaire – Athletics Ireland

This is a self-assessment from for your personal use. If you have answered “YES” or “UNWELL” to any of the questions or have indicated to us that you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should NOT attend the race.

NOTE: When on the race route, please adhere to our on-site standard processes/procedures regarding infection control, i.e., social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing/hand sanitising and general coughing/sneezing etiquette

Athletics Ireland fully supports the Government approach and the HSE best practice advice that your COVID-19 vaccine will offer you protection from COVID-19. We strongly encourage all eligible individuals involved in athletics to avail of the Government vaccine programme, mask wearing when required, regular hand washing and appropriate social distancing whilst participating in our sport.

SATURDAY : You can park at Leisureland, or along the prom or at Baily point or Salthill Prom Car Park

SUNDAY : Please park for pick up at Salthill Prom/Baily Point or Salthill Prom Car park opposite ie not Leisureland as it has other events on.

  • Note the start is 2km+ away from Leisureland.
  • NO PARKING available at Claddagh Hall or Grattan Road, or at GTI Start or Finish areas- Do not attempt to Park here!
  • Due to Public Health guidelines only a limited amount of people will be allowed into hall, please be ready to queue for short period and please follow relevant guidance for indoor settings.
  • Parking for Pick Up – Please follow marshal’s instructions for parking when picking numbers.
Streets of Galway Route Map

Clogher Half Marathon

Well done to everyone who ran in the Clogher Half Marathon today. Great day out!

Fit4Life Virtual Croi Night Run 5k

Fit4Life Virtual Croi Night Run 5k

Well done to everyone who took part in the Croí Night Run 5K on Friday night. Great crew from Fit4Life on the prom. Many thanks to the leaders and Carol and Sarah for the post run treats

It was hard to get good photos in the dark, but it was a night run! A great time was had by all at the Virtual Croí Night Run 5K on the Prom. Thanks to Irish Life for their sponsorship and support of athletics in Ireland.

Run Galway Bay – 10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon

Great to see all the runners out racing on the Prom today (October 2) in Run Galway Bay. Well done to everyone who took part.

There were three separate start times. The races took runners on laps including South Park, the prom and around by the golf course.


10k winner was Jake O’Regan St John’s AC 29:32. First woman Edel Gaffney Trim AC 36:46.
2021 Galway Bay 10km

Half Marathon

Half marathon: winner Greg Lundon South Galway AC 1:18.44 with GCH second and third – Diarmuid Hennesy 1:13:12 and Ray O’Connor 1:19:29. First woman was GCH’s Gráinne Ní Uallachain 1:24.07 with Sinead Foran third 1:26:56.
2021 Galway Bay Half Marathon

Full Marathon

Marathon winner: Andrew O’Neill 2:36.20; first woman Dolores Duffy Watergrasshill AC W50 3:21.47. Great running from GCH’s David McGurrin 2:57:39 and Shane Slattery 3:02:16.
2021 Galway Bay Marathon

Well done to all Galway City Harriers runners. Great running! Thanks to Jerome Debize for the videos and photos.

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Connacht Athletics Awards

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Strength & Conditioning Sessions

Strength & Conditioning Sessions
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Run Galway Bay – 10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon

Great to see all the runners out racing on the Prom today (October 2) in Run Galway Bay. Well done to everyone who took...