Cross-Country 15th November 2020

The times & results from yesterday’s races are attached among the photos below…thanks to PJ Coyle for the times, Eamonn O’Donnell for starting all races and to Michelle Van Kampen, Conor Murray and other volunteers for ensuring the data collection and medal giving went so smoothly.

Firstly, these distances are new and arduous for many. Congratulations to each & every competitor who soldiered to the finish line in adverse conditions. Many athletes might have liked to call it a day with a lap (or two) to go, but made the effort to complete the really tough final lap(s).

Secondly, there were just 3 individual medallists yesterday, but cross country involves 6 for a team, so the first 6 from each category count in that regard. All athletes from yesterday should be encouraged that ordinarily they would be part of (or challenging closely to be part of) a GCH team given their performances and completion of the full course.

Definite firsts were achieved by our under 8s Reidin O’Driscoll, Emma Barry & Matisse Vaux who all completed their 500m so well. Well done to these new members on their first competitive races in club colours!

Under 9 girls top 3 were Anna Cavellleri, Cliona Ward & Pauline Navicke.

In Boys under 9, Rory Tauchen, Darcy Noel and Tom O’Connor were 1-2-3 while Louis Jean Hounkponou, Benas Navicke, Tony Browne and Setanta Gibbons completed.

Rory & Darcy dipped under 2 minutes.

Lucy O’Connor, Aisling Tauchen & Emily Maloney were first 3 under 10 Girls with Ella Heavey, Easkey Duggan, Natalia Jaime-Stapleton and Mary Yonas completing.

The first 2 went under 2 minutes.

In the Under 10 Boys category, Keelan Keady, Conor Barwell & Henry Glynn scooped the medals with Zachary Geraghty, Theo Vaux, Dara Jacobson, Cillian Cawley, Aodán Breathnach and Myles Concannon next home.

No fewer than the top 5 went under 2 minutes.

The first 3 Under 11 girls were Lauren Foley, Orna Dunne & Alannah Joyce with Aoibhe Lydon, Sarah Donald, Emilia Feeney & Emma Hounkponou also finishing both of the two 500m laps.

Seamus Hayes was an impressive winner of u11 boys with Dara Breathnach and Ciaran O’Driscoll taking the other medals.

Luke Barry, James Lydon, Noah Gibbons, Fionn Cavelleri and Nathan Podmore also completed.

Jennifer McCarthy and Keilah Murray were two of the day’s standout runners in the u12 race with Jennifer well under 6 minutes – no mean feat! In the first of a treble medal haul for the Phelan family, Siofra took bronze behind them.

Emily Podmore was pipped for 3rd, also just ahead of Muireann Elliman, Lauren Ward, Rachel Whyte, Laura Campion, Katie O’Haire, Rachel Francis, Saoirse Clancy & Jessica Burke.

Justin McCarthy was a clear winner in u12 Boys, ahead of Hugo Lynagh and Tom Gill. Soon after, Joseph Lord, Fionn Seoighe, James O’Connor and Sam Jacobson completed their 3 laps.

Caoimhe Phelan led from gun to tape in the u13 girls race, pipping Juno Hayes with Elisa Jaine-Stapleton & Isobelle Doorly only separated by 0.03s of a second being them.

Ava Bradley, Isobel Kelly, Katie McGeehan, Amalia Heinz-Ward & Tilly Howard all successfully completed the course.

Oisin Maher ran an excellent 5:26 for the boys 1500m with Odhran O’Driscoll and Cathal Heavy both dipping below 6 minutes.

Oisin’s brother Jack is a well-known senior cross country runner in the club and was among the generous volunteers on the day.

Caitlin Podmore, Sophie Foley and Jane Fahy were first 3 home in the Girls under 14 race, with Caitlin below 6 minutes.Sophie O’Haire, Emma Tannion and Abbie Flaherty also finished the 3 laps.

Shane Meagher, Fionn Dahler and Harry Keaney made up the under 14 boys medallists. Ronan Duggan, Dara Comer, Richard McGrath, Eoin Cunningham & Eoin King were next over the finish line.

Keela Loomes, Saoirse Coleman and Eve Kelly took the u15 girls 1-2-3.In the Boys version, Oisin Phelan made it a 2nd gold for the Phelans ahead of Conor Burke and Senan McDonnell.

One of the highlights of the morning was to see Isabella Burke back to her best when winning the under 16 race, just ahead of top middle distance athletes Fauve Aylmer and Aoibhe Joyce. Leanna Nic Donnacha finished the 4 laps well as did Gillian McGrath who was the sole under 17 in the field.

Sean Duggan was the only under 16 Boy present and ran well.

There were 5 under 17 boys involved and William McDonnell, Eoin Killeen and Robert Urquhart secured the medals, with Luke Dahler & Daithi Kilcommins next home.

William’s time of 6:38 for 2km was very impressive.

Overall, the consensus was that it was a great day and a taste of things to come, with a corresponding track & field event already being touted for early Spring!

Strength and Conditioning Sessions

Strength & Conditioning

Dave is starting the next batch of his excellent Strength and Conditioning sessions, starting on Monday 16th November for five weeks until 16th December. They which include a Monday and Wednesday session. People have the option of signing up for one of the days or both. If you haven’t tried these before why not give them a go. You can contact Dave if you have any questions.

Level 5 Restrictions and Fit4Life Challenge


Galway City Harriers are very disappointed that we cannot hold training sessions for our adult members under Level 5 Restrictions.  We have all been very grateful for the opportunity to train together over the past few weeks and months.  Thank you to everyone who came along to the sessions in Dangan.

Juvenile Training is continuing, with details of sessions being posted on the GCH Juvenile facebook page and usual channels.

There is also an exemption for Elite Runners and we are currently getting clarification on athletes who will be included in this.

New Members

We have over sixty members who have renewed or joined us in the past two months and you are all very welcome. 

The Club had very much hoped that we could have continued to hold sessions as permitted under Level 3 and Level 4, but as you are aware it is not possible under the current restrictions.

Training Plans

Coaches Brian and Jerome will continue to post training plans and sessions over the coming weeks to keep you motivated and on track.  This will start with a 3km Time Trial in the next few days which will be repeated later so you can be amazed by the improvements in your times.

There is a WhatsApp group for members following Jerome’s Marathon Training programme and another one for those Brian’s Training Group, if you would like to be included in either of those please let us know.

Fit4Life Challenge

We have over 190 members signed up Fit4Life and booking their sessions on Team App.  It has been fantastic to see all the High Viz jackets back on the road.  While we would much rather train as a group we are encouraging everyone to “keep it going’ over the next six weeks.  Your future self will thank you!

To keep you motivated and on track over the next six weeks, we are setting up a Fit4Life Challenge.  We want you to sign up to this Event on Team App today.

  • Sign up for Six Week Challenge on Team App today – “Challenge Accepted!”
  • Sign up for every run/workout you complete, three per week

To complete the six week challenge, We want you to continue to run on Mondays and Thursdays, as you have been doing, and we are adding in a Strength and Conditioning/Core Workout (S&C) or a walk for you to complete over the weekend.

The S&C/Core workouts are guided by Miriam Wall, GCH Club member who did a six week series for Salthill Knocknacarra during the last lockdown.  They are 45/60 minutes in duration. Miriam is happy for us to share them with GCH Members, and now seems like a perfect time.

If this session does not suit you, just go for a 45/60 minutes walk instead.

This is the weekly schedule with a new workout each weekend.

Runners12K10KWorkout or Walk
Fast Joggers10K8KWorkout or Walk
Intermediates8K6KWorkout or Walk
Improvers6K5KWorkout or Walk
Beginners5K/45 mins5K/45 minsWorkout or Walk

There will be session set up for on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7pm and you sign up as “I am going” when you commit to each run.

You can, of course, complete the run and workout whenever it suits you and run a different distance but this will give you some accountability as we can all see who is doing them!

Take this opportunity to make an commitment to yourself and your physical and mental health and get up and keep going during the lockdown.

You can run solo within 5 km of your home and within Government guidelines.

“It is possible to meet with 1 other household in an outdoor setting which is not a home or garden, such as a park, including for exercise.” –

Any questions about the Fit4Life Challenge

Any help/advice regarding training feel free to contact Bernie Kelly  by email or phone 086 8253661

The  ‘comment’ option has been turned on for all sessions on Team App so please feel free to add any comments, motivational tips and advice for your fellow Fit4Lifers to keep them going.

Run Safe

These are challenging times, but as runners we are so lucky to be able to continue to get out there to go for a run, it is so important to keep moving and stay fit for the body and mind.

  • Run Safe
  • Wear your high viz
  • Keep your distance
  • Run 5km from home
  • Run Happy

Update from Galway City Council regarding O’ Sullivan Park / Chluain Mhuire Athletic Track

This project is completed and in 12 month defects period. To mark the completion of theproject an opening ceremony was officiated by Mayor Mike Cubbard at the running track on Tuesday 6th October, 2020.

The completedworks includes: Grass training area (35m X50m), 5 lane synthetic running track (200m)around grass training area, complete with linemarkings, 2.0 m wide grass running trackaround synthetic running track, Floodlightingfor training area and track, Outdoor gymequipment and Upgrade existing natural soccerpitch with underground slit and pipe drainage

Booking inquiries to or Galway City Council at 091-536400

Strength and Conditioning Sessions

Dave is starting the next batch of his excellent Strength and Conditioning sessions, starting today 12th October, which include a Monday and Wednesday session. People have the option of signing up for one of the days or both. If you haven’t tried these before why not give them a go.

XC Training Session

Fabulous XC training session on the trails this morning coached by Brian Bruton.

Next Fit4Life Beginners Group

Start to Run in 2019 with Galway City Harriers

Our next Beginners group will start on Monday 4th February at 7pm.

New and returning members are welcome. 

So whether you are new to running or getting back into it after a break you will find like minded people who will support you.

Membership is €45 for 2019 (January to December).  For more information click READ MORE

Do you want to get fit?

Do you want to go out and jog a few miles? Do you want someone to give advice and guidance? Maybe you just want a bit of company and a bit of craic as you run? Whatever your reasons Fit4Life is here to help you.

What is Fit4Life?

Fit4Life is an initiative by Athletics Ireland to provide an opportunity for recreational runners/joggers both male and female to train under the guidance of specially trained Fit4Life Leaders. Runners/joggers will have a support structure where they can enjoy all the benefits of running in a social, safe and organised environment.


Westside Library Carpark on Seamus Quirke Road. Park in Dunnes Stores carpark and walk through Church grounds to Library. DO NOT PARK IN CHURCH GROUNDS.


Every Monday and Thursday evening. Beginners can only start at certain times usually January, April and September.

What time?

7pm sharp. Warm up session followed by jog/run and then a cool down session

How much?

The cost is membership of Galway City Harriers Athletic Club which is €45. Please complete your membership online here and bring your receipt to the Fit 4 Life session.

What do I get for my money?

Insurance cover when taking part in any Athletics Ireland event or organised club activity.

Organised training runs twice weekly with plenty of advice, encouragement and training tips

AAI starter pack of Hi-Viz vest and training diary

Exercise in a safe, friendly and fun environment and…

Any questions?

Further information from Bernie at 087-7504066 or e-mail secretary@galwaycityharriers.comPlease Note: All participants must complete membership online here and bring the receipt and the attached medical assessment form with you. Anybody who isn’t currently engaged in regular exercise must consult their doctor before starting this programme.

Call out for teams for National Masters & Intermediate Cross Country Championships

The National Intermediate and Masters Cross Country Championships takes place on Sunday 3rd February. Dundalk IT is the venue for this year’s Championships ( link to race schedule below). The club are looking to put teams together in the various races. The Master individual categories begin at over 35 through to over 75s.

Any interested club athletes contact the secretary ( details below ) by Friday 27th January.

Master Team categories are : o35, o50 and o65. Club athletes will also be considered for the Galway County Teams.

Master race distances: All Master women & over 65 men run 4000 metres. Master men ( m35 – 64) run 7000 metres.

Intermediate distances: Women run 5000 metres, Men run 8000 metres.

Contact:        (or 087 9234224)

Seniors and Masters Cross Country

Well done to everyone who competed in the Seniors and Masters Cross Country today. Thanks to the organisers for a great event. Thanks to Jane Walsh for the photos.

Fit4Life is Back


We were delighted to welcome back all our Fit4Life Groups last week. Booking system is working well once we got everyone set up initially. Thanks to all our Leaders who are taking groups of up to 14 runners at different paces. We still have some space in our Beginners and other groups. Paces are from walk/jog to 8 minutes per mile. If anyone is interested in returning to Fit4Life or joining us for the first time please email with any questions you may have. It’s going to be a long winter so it is great to get out there training with a group.

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