Results catch up 3rd November

Connacht Cross Country League. Leg 2 of the Senior/Master Cross Country League was held on a testing course in scenic Calry, Sligo. There was some fine running from the GCH women’s and men’s teams. In the women’s 4k, Eilis Ni Dhuil, Eleanor Whyte, Deirdre McCrae and Eileen McCarty packed well, with back up from team members Cora Grimes, Barbara Bergin, Majella Ni Chriocháin and Mags. The GCH senior women’s is bidding for a podium finish going into the final leg in Ballina, with Eilis currently holding third master position, and Cora third novice position. The GCH men’s comprising Eanna Folan (great to see Eanna back competing), Naoise O’ Gibne, Brian O’Connor and Kieran Whyte had good strong runs on the day over a daunting eight laps of the course.

The Connaught juvenile even ages and junior races took place prior to the adult League races and there were some fine performances from our younger athletes. Check out our juvenile section for reports on the juvenile and junior races.

Corofin Races. Corofin Athletics Club, held two road races Sunday morning last with good fields in attendance at both the 8km and the 10-mile events. In the 8k Louis Coyne was third home in 29.51, while Barbara Dunne of GCH made a strong return to action winning the Ladies event in 30.56, ahead of clubmates Tara Whyte and Clare Rowe.

In the 10 mile race, Michelle Browne finished second female, with Mary Kealy third master.

Marathon Season Roundup

GCH had numerous members competing over the past two weekends in marathons near and far. Well done to everyone who ran the Dublin City Marathon, Frankfurt Marathon and New York Marathon. There are bound to be some names missing so apologies to anyone not listed. Do let us know if you are running /competing in any event.

Dublin Marathon. Our first three male finishers were Gerard Cuddy 2 hrs 45 mins, Louise Coyne 2:53:49 and Seamus Coyne 3:23:04, while our first three female finishers were Grainne Ui Uallachain 2:57:23, Katie O’Regan 3:14:18, and Christine Kennedy 3:26:25 and 3rd F60. Michael Greene 2nd M70 in 3:50:29.

Big shout out also to Marie Shiel, Larry Kelly, Mirko Warnke, Eamonn Brennan, Richard Simpson, Clare O’Shea, BB, Tom Breen John Moran Sinead Flannery Sandra Glennon,

Bridget Jacobsen, Elaine, Aoife Power, Lorraine Naughton, Mary Kealy Eve Daly, Paul Fallon

Niall Daly, David Niland, Mags, Helena Scannell, Emer O’Byrne, Imelda Ferguson, Mark Flaherty, Martina Acton, Izabela Polchowska, Jayne Killian, Tim Donnellan, Patrick Kenny. Well done everyone.

Frankfurt Marathon. Well done to our group of Frankfurt marathon athletes. Great running all round: Tony O Connor 2:53:03, Culan O Meara 2:57:06, Neasa de Burca 2:59:48, Sinead Foran 3:05:19, Jan Van Der Bergh 3:09:05.

New York Marathon. Congrats to Catherine Keane Murphy, Sinead Kelly and Riona Johnson who completed the New York marathon. Great achievement ladies.

Upcoming Events/News

Sunday 8th December:  European Cross Country Championships. The Very Best of Luck to Thomas McStay and the Irish Junior Mens Team in Lisbon this Sunday.

Sunday 8th December: Claregalway 5k Jingle Bells Fun run/walk @ 11am . Plus Juvenile 1k run for u11s and u14s @12pm. Late registration on the morning 9.30am-10.45am in Coláiste Bhaile Chláir.

https://www.active.com/claregalway-cogalway/running/distance-running/claregalway-5k-christmas-fun-run-walk-08-dec-2pm-2019

Wednesday 11th December: AIT Baseline 2019. Indoor Track & Field Meet, Athlone IT @6.30pm. Closing date 9th Dec.

Sunday 15th December: National Novice Cross Country Championships, Dunboyne. The club are currently putting men’s and women’s teams together. Any more takers – Wednesday 4th December by 10pm is the deadline for team entry. Contact club secretary.

Thursday 26th December: Fields of Athenry 10k.  Start @11am

https://athenryac.wufoo.com/forms/s1guvrzk0n79500/

Wednesday 1st January 2020: Resolution Run 5k. Galway.  Start @11am.

https://www.runireland.com/events/resolution-run/

Recent Nov/Dec results

Well done to our GCH mens senior team that competed at the recent National Senior Cross Country Championships over a tough 10k course. And to our Junior Men’s team led in by bronze medalist Thomas McStay. Check out our Juvenile section for Juvenile and Junior race reports/news.

Volunteer at the Streets of Galway 8KM

Streets of Galway Volunteers

Some typical tasks that our race day volunteers carry out include:      

– staffing the race pack collection desk over race weekend;

– preparing the race route including the start/finish areas;

– acting as race marshals along the race-route;

– handing out water to participants at the 5K mark in Salthill (Rockbarton Road) and at the finish line on Nimmo’s Pier in the Claddagh;

– clean-up afterwards.

Note – you do not have to be a member of host club Galway City Harriers AC to help out. Please contact hugh.p.odonoghue@gmail.com or streetsofgalway@gmail.com for more details.

NB GCH Annual General Meeting WEDNESDAY 30TH January

The Galway City Harriers AGM will take place on Wednesday, 30th January 2019 in the Menlo Park Hotel, at 8pm.

As members, any thoughts/ideas you may have will contribute towards the development of our club. We would greatly appreciate your attendance this year.

For more details contact secretary@galwaycityharriers.com or Mags at 0879234224

2019 Galway Clinic Streets of Galway – Registration now Open!

Click here to register now!

https://www.active.com/galway-galway/running/distance-running-clinics/galway-clinic-streets-of-galway-8k-2018?int=

GCH who are one of Ireland’s largest athletics clubs, will host the 34th edition of the famous Streets of Galway 8K road-race on Saturday 10th August 2019 at 7pm around the city centre and Salthill.

This event is the jewel in the crown of road races in the West and is a fixture on the Irish running calendar. The race route starts at Fr Griffin Road in the city and takes in many of the sights of Galway city. including the Spanish Arch, Eyre Square , the landmark Galway Cathedral and NUI Galway early on in the race. The course then routes out towards Salthill, past Pearse Stadium and then back in on the ‘Prom’ along Galway Bay for the last , fast section into the finish at the historic Claddagh.

The event was first staged in 1986 and the ethos from the start to the present day has always been “sport for all”. The race attracts runners of all standards and ages from all over Ireland and abroad – from elite international athletes, to athletics club runners, competitors from other sports and fun-runners, joggers and walkers alike. This year well over 3,000 runners will take part in what is a truly iconic race on the calendar and is one not to be missed.

GCH are delighted to have the Galway Clinic as the Streets of Galway 8k race sponsor. The Galway Clinic, is a Galway institution and is a major health provider and employer for the city and county, The Clinic aims to improve the health and quality of life of the individuals and communities its serves, and to promote health and wellbeing across society and a partnership with Galway City Harriers, its running activities, and the Streets is a perfect match. We would like to thank the Galway Clinic for coming on board with GCH in what will be a very exciting partnership. For more information see www.galwayclinic.com.

You can follow us on Facebook again this year at: https://www.facebook.com/StreetsOfGalway and our Twitter handle is @StreetsofGalway We look forward to your company for a great night of sporting endeavour in the city of the tribes. Enter here: https://www.active.com/galway-galway/running/distance-running-clinics/galway-clinic-streets-of-galway-8k-2018?int=

2019 Galway County Track & Field Championships

The 2019 Galway County Outdoor Track & Field Championships will take place over a number of days throughout May and into June. 

JUVENILE younger ages Day 1 (u9 to u12) : Sunday 5th May. Start:10am. ( entry closed)

JUVENILE older ages Day 2 (u13 to u19 only): Sunday 12th May. Start:10am (sign up at Juvenile training no later than Friday 3rd !)

Any help would be very much appreciated for either of the above two dates-even for part of the day. This will enable the Championships to go ahead smoothly and efficiently.

THE ADULT County Championships for Senior, Master and Junior will be held over 3 THURSDAY evenings: 23rd May, 30th May and 6th June. Further details re entry and schedule/events will be available in due course.

Again- any help will be greatly appreciated on any of the evenings.

Contact: secretary@galwaycityharriers.com  or Mags at 0879234224

Upcoming National Road Race Championships and Relays

National 10k: The National 10k Championships will take place on Sunday April 14th in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.  Note that the closing date is April 10th and AAI club members must use the specific entry link below to enter the National 10k Championships. The option of having your number posted out may still be available. (note start time is 10.45am)

Link here: https://athleticsireland.entry4sports.com/#/

AAI National Road Relays: National Senior and Master Road Relay Championships will be held on Sunday 28th April in Raheny. (Closing date 22nd April).

Senior Women, Master women, and Master men – three to run. Senior men – four to run. Team entry. Contact club Secretary for team entry.

National 5k Road Race Championships: Takes place on Saturday 4th May in Dublin in conjunction with the Streets of Dublin 5k. (Closing date 26th April)

Link here: https://athleticsireland.entry4sports.com/#/

Upcoming Races & Fixture List

Attached is a fixture list with a mix of Cross Country/Indoor Track & Field and some local Road Races. Please Note the following upcoming fixtures:

The Ballinderreen 10k this Sunday 18th November at 12.30pm, organised by South Galway Athletic Club, will incorporate the Galway County 10k Road Race Championships.

Two upcoming National Cross Country events – entry information:

1) Sunday 25th November: National Senior and Junior Cross Country Championships (Abbottstown). Entry to club secretary by Wednesday night 14th November.

2) Saturday 15th December: National Novice Cross Country Championships (Navan Racecourse). Entry to club secretary by Wednesday night 5th December.

The 2019 Dublin City Marathon will incorporate the National Marathon Championships. Marathon entries are selling fast. Link to entry on attached fixture list.

The Streets of Galway continues to win the hearts of athletes and the public in Galway

Streets of Galway Athletes

Full results from the Galway Clinic Streets of Galway 2017 can be found here.

http://www.redtagtiming.com/results/SoG2017.pdf

The  sun shone brightly last Saturday evening in Galway with over 3000 athletes taking part in the 32nd Galway Clinic Streets of Galway which was sold out once again.

What is now a major event in the Summer Calendar in Galway grows each year and offers athletes and fun runners a unique chance through run through the heart of Galway City.

Included in the sold out race was local runners, elite athletes and over 1000 visitors from Dublin, Cork and Limerick,

This year the male race was won by Kevin Maunsell from Clonmel in a time of  23.44 followed in 2nd place by Freddie Keron Sittuk from Raheny Shamrock and in 3rd by Hugh Armstrong from Ballina AC.

Siobhan O Doherty from Borrisokane AC  claimed the Ladies prize in a time of 27:44 followed by Caroline Crowley in 2nd and  Nicola Duncan from GCH in 3rd place.

Many of the top employers in the city had teams such as Boston, Medtronic, Avaya, Alere and the Galway Clinic. There was a carnival atmosphere at the start with Joanne Murphy MC the event and Galway Bay FM  broadcasting live at the start line.

The fine weather ensured the route was lined with tourists and family & friends of the runners shouting encouragement at every corner.

The 8km route showcases all the iconic attractions of  the city including the  Claddagh, Long Walk, Eyre Square, Galway Cathederal and the glorious Salt hill promenade.

The race attracts many runners each year and features 3 gents who have ran each year since its conception, Congrats to Patrick Larkin, Ger Murphy and Ger Meehan.

Thanks must be given to Garda, Civil Defence and the 300 marshals who ensured the safety of the runners.

Galway City Harriers the organisers of the ‘Streets are delighted to have started a  3 year partnership with the  Galway Clinic as the Streets of Galway 8k race sponsor. The Galway Clinic, is a Galway institution and is a major health provider and employer for the city and county, The Clinic aims to improve the health and quality of life of the individuals and communities it serves, and to promote health and wellbeing.

GCH are already looking forward to 2018 with  date of  Saturday 11th of August as the date

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