Galway Clinic Streets Of Galway 8k

We are delighted to announce that the Galway Clinic Streets Of Galway 8k has been given the go ahead for 2021.

New date, new time for 2021 only. Run through the Streets of Galway and experience all the wonderful landmarks.

We can’t wait to welcome you on Sunday 24th October at 10.30am.

Included in your entry is this fabulous T shirt.

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

Corofin Loops – 8k and 10 Mile

After a COVID enforced break in 2020, the annual Corofin Loops races are back this year!

Once again Corofin Athletic Club are offering two options, an 8k race over a very flat course, and a 10 mile race that is a little more challenging, but nothing too steep or taxing!

The 10 mile race will start at 9am with the 8k starting at 9.30am. Please note the early start, which has been chosen to take advantage of quiet roads at that time on a Sunday morning. The good news is that you should all be home well before lunchtime to enjoy the rest of your day (or soak your weary bones in a bath!!)

Race entrants for both races are asked to assemble at the local Community Centre (Dr. Duggan Hall) 15 mins prior to the start of their chosen race.

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded for men and women in each race, plus multiple age category winners. The top prizes in the 10 Mile race (men and women), are €200 cash plus a perpetual trophy, with €150 cash plus a perpetual trophy for the 8k race. These are amongst the best prizes on offer for road racing in the west.

In compliance with Athletics Ireland Covid protocols, only online registrations are permitted. Entry for the 8k race is €20 until 30th September (early bird rate) and €25 thereafter. Entry for the 10 mile race is €30 until 30th September (early bird race) and €35 thereafter.

Further details are available from our facebook page – Corofin AC or email Niamh on

Numbers for each race are limited to 200, again in accordance with Athletic Ireland protocols.

Please support if you can.

Strength & Conditioning Sessions

Strength & Conditioning Sessions

New Block of Strength & Conditioning Sessions with David Fitzpatrick – Monday the 4th of October at 6:45pm.

The block is 4 weeks long and will consist of only Monday sessions. However, it is not necessary to do all 4 weeks. There are are ticket sales for either individual days or for the entire block.

Mondays – 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of October.

Each session will be approximately 45 minutes in length. Monday’s session will be starting at 6.45pm exactly.

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.

Congratulations to NUI Galway Athletics Club on winning the 20/21 Cross Country Intervarsiti

Congratulations to NUI Galway Athletics Club on winning the 20/21 Cross Country Intervarsities in DCU. Well done to GCH members Thomas Mc Stay, Aaron Brennan, Neill Keane and their colleagues and Coach Matt Lockett.

Delighted to see the trophy coming back to NUIG for the first time since 1979 when our own PJ Coyle was on the winning team.

Galway Cross Country Championships

A reminder that Day 1 of the Galway Cross Country Championships (Even Ages) will be held Sunday 3 October at the Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit & entries deadline is this Tuesday 29th September.


The Senior/Masters events are as follows:
WOMEN Senior/Masters: 4000m
MEN Senior/Masters O35, O50: 8000m
Men over 65: 4000m

All outstanding Senior/Masters Entries to be sent to


The Juvenile events are:
U10 (born 2012 and 2013): 1000 m
U12 (born 2010 and 2011): 2000 m
U14 (born 2008 and 2009): 3000 m
U16 (born 2006 and 2007): 4000 m
U18 female (born 2004 and 2005): 4000 m
U18 male (born 2004 and 2005): 6000 m

The Uneven Ages will be held 10 October. Please enter at this link for juvenile, which was sent out to members recently:

The Juvenile deadline is midday Monday 27 October.
As before, you will need your Athletics Ireland registration number to enter. If you need instructions on how to obtain this, please email:

Berlin Marathon 2021

Great to finally get a chance to put all that training to good use. GCH members Danny (3.16) Tony (2.51 new PB), Neasa (2.59 new PB 1st F45) Martin (3.02 1st M65) Dave (2.57) and Mirko (3.46) giving it their all in Berlin today. Running PBs and winning their age categories! Fabulous running, well done everyone!

You can’t beat that feeling of pride with a new marathon medal hanging around your neck. All the months of training paying off. Time to celebrate!

Well done to Martin Kearney on new Irish Marathon Record. He’s like a fine wine, getting better and better.

Plenty of high vizs back at the Westside Library

Fit4Life back tonight at the Westside Library for all groups. What are you waiting for?

We’re delighted that Fit4Life can all meet up together again from Monday 20th September. Groups for every pace. Beginners, returners and new members all welcome.

Venue is the Westside Library at 7pm on Mondays and Thursdays. We will split into our different paced groups from there.

Please contact if you would like to join us.

Remember no parking in the church grounds and no bathroom facilities. See you there.

East Galway AC 5k

East Galway AC hosted their annual 5k on September 4th last, on a fast course in Skehana

David Carter won for GCH in 16.09, with Gary Scully of Nenagh second in 16.29 and David Bohan also of GCH came home third in 16.34, First lady home was Aine Kenny of Crusaders in 20 minutes flat, ahead of Monika De Almeida and Lisa McGrath of Ennis Track.

John S O Connor took some great photos. Explore the full photo album on Flickr!


There will be plenty of events taking place over the coming months with the return to open road races and cross-country fixtures in Galway and nationally. First up is the Castlegar AC sponsored Cross Country event, which takes place in the Racecourse in Ballybrit on Saturday 18th September next .

Irish Life Health Masters Track & Field Championships

GCH enjoyed a fantastic day out at the National Masters Championships in Santry today. There will be more photos & details to follow, possibly a few amendments too, but here is a summary of what we know now that the dust has settled on a superb return to the kind of days out we are in the sport for!

Amazingly, we finished the day with medals in all 4 of the relays, with a Gold in a quality 4x400m women’s race one of the highlights of the day. The Women also earned silver in their 4×100 while the men chipped in with a great 2nd in their 4x400m category and bronze in the 4x100m.Relay runners included Karen, Kathryn, Linda, Niamh & Sinead in Women’s and Jim, Ronan & Gerry, Peter & Eoin…full teams for each of the four medalling teams to be confirmed later!

We also had 13 individual medals across the day, with Linda Nally’s double gold in the 100/200 sprints a notable highlight and further National titles for Martin McEvilly, Deirdre McRae, Kathryn Casserly & Sinead Foran.

Individual Results as follows:


Linda Nally v50 double gold (100m&200m)

Karen Quirke v40 two bronze 100m/200m

Kathryn Casserly 1st v40 in 1500m

Sinead Foran 1st v45 in 1500m

Niamh Hennelly bronze v35 in 1500m

Deirdre McCrae 1st v40 in 3000m


Lloyd Malcolm 3rd v45 in 5000m

Jim Phelan 2nd v45 in 400m

Martin McEvilly 1st v70 in 1500 and 1st in 5000

Richard O’Hanlon 2nd discus 28.42 as well as second in shot.

Just outside the medals were:

Gerry Carty 4th v50 in 5000m

Seamus Lynch 4th v50 High Jump

Eoin Daly 5th in v35 100 & 6th in 200m

David Niland 7th in v65 1500m

David Mannion 7th v35 1500m

Thanks to everyone who sent photos & to Mags who made this post so much quicker by gathering the results nice & early!

More detail & possible amendments to follow – but congrats to all who took part on a really wonderful day for the club.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Congrats to two track & field athletes in action earlier at the Paralympics in Tokyo;

Mary Fitzgerald was a hugely impressive 6th in the F40 Shot Putt and has a bright future ahead of her as this was her debut Games.

On the other side of the experience spectrum, Michael McKillop has nothing more to prove at this level, with 4 Golds over his career; he bowed out in a creditable 8th place over the T38 1500m which was a more difficult task compared to the T37 category he ran in before.

All things considered, the beginning & possible end to two wonderful Paralympic careers evident today!

Elsewhere, best of luck to GCH athletes in action at the National Masters Championships tomorrow and to the impressive contingent from the county who are also competing.

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