Personal Bests in Santry at the AAI Games

Several Galway City Harriers juveniles & juniors were in action in Santry at the AAI Games over the weekend.

Eimear Rowe recorded a very fine time of 57.43s in the 400m, as did Ella O’Connor, just over the 1 minute mark.

Nicole Quirke improved her Connacht Juniors time in the 200m with 26.52s.

Some under 20s also competed as follows:

under 20 Results:

400m Eimear Rowe 57.43

400m Ella O’connor 1.02.4

400m Robert McDonnell 47.13

400mh Seren O’Toole 1.04.49

200m Nicole Quirke. 26.52s

Aaron Brennan & Laura Nally also featured prominently from among the over 20s – see Senior Club post for more details.

And on the continent, there was the not-so-insignificant matter of Cillín Greene knocking a decent chunk off his 400m PB and club record with a sensational 46.18s. Huge congrats to Cillín!!

Closer to home in Tuam, GCH had a late entrant in the National Race-walking Championsips in Caoimhe Phelan who recorded a fine time of 6:11 for the 1km race. This sets a new outdoor club record for the event. Under 15 Caitlin Podmore holds the clubs Indoor record for the same event.Congrats to Caoimhe’s former club on their very successful hosting of this big event.If other members of the club wish to try racewalking going forward they should advise their coach and some coaching could be arranged if numbers sufficient.

Next weekend we have the National U20 and U23 Championship to look forward to. Best of luck to all competing.

Irish Life Health Junior & U23 Championships Timetable

The timetable is now available for the 2021 Irish Life Health National Junior and U23 Track and Field Championships which take place on June 19th & 20th in Morton Stadium.

Quite a good number from the juvenile club are taking part and we wish them & all GCH, Galway & Connacht athletes well!

View Timetable…

2021 National Juvenile Track and Field Championships

Athletics Ireland have released a very important update today regarding Juvenile competitions for the Summer. There have been some major changes made, of which the key ones are:

  1. There will be NO RELAYS at Nationals from under 9 to under 19
  2. Qualification for Nationals u12 to 19s will be restricted to TOP 3 only via Connachts for each event.
  3. There will be NO OPEN ENTRY for older ages at Nationals as before – with an exception for athletes on international duty when Connachts are being held.This places a much greater importance on attendance & performance at the Connacht championships.
  4. There will be no All-Ireland ‘B’ Championships at end of August. This has been a nice extra opportunity for non-qualifiers to nationals but it will not happen this year.

See amended Calendar of Events (just the final date gone from the previous version) and full press release attached.Next competition is County Championship for Under 9s/10s/11s in Dangan on June 19th.

A reminder for intended participants that registration is now open for the National Juniors in Santry on June 19th and 20th.

All other juveniles are next up on Saturday July 3rd in Dangan for the u12-19 County Championships.

County Relays may be held in advance of this date…TBC.

Read more…

provisional dates for athletics competitions

Connacht Junior/Senior/Masters Championships

Connacht Athletics

Timetable for Junior/Senior/Master Connacht Championships below which will take place on Monday 7th June 2021 at the Regional Sports Centre, Dangan, Galway. 

Connacht Championships Timetable

Note that there are no spectators allowed at the event. Juvenile athletes may be accompanied by 1 adult if required. All attendees at the event will be required to fill in the Covid questionnaire, preferably in advance, and present it at check-in to gain entry. Paper copies will be available for anyone who cannot print their own.

You will not be permitted to enter the track before the designated time of your event. You will be asked to leave the venue without delay upon completing your event . Please see map below for entry.

Junior/Senior/Master Connacht Championships

The map shows a red line and you must be outside of that line.

Public health measures must be followed including social distancing and hand sanitisation. Note that World Athletics rules on footwear will be implemented at this Championship.

Official Club singlets must be worn.

Results will be available on connaghtathletics.com

Senior and Masters Athletes will compete together, there are 3 age group categories for Master; O35-50, O50, 65+Junior and Senior may be amalgamated depending on numbers attending.

Portaloos will be available on site, there is no access to the pavilion. There are no refreshments available at the venue.

3 Days of Athletics for the upcoming National Seniors…

The 2021 Irish Life Health National Senior Track and Field Championships will take place over three days the Friday evening 25th , Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of June. Provisional timetable and entry will be available next week.

Please take note of the current travel guidelines in place if you will be returning from overseas in the lead up to the championships.

All Athletes who have been overseas in the 14-days prior to the Event must quarantine for 14 days unless a negative PCR test result is returned no less than 5 days after arrival into Ireland. This applies to athletes returning to Ireland from overseas via Northern Ireland.

Travel to Ireland from specific designated States is subject to mandatory hotel quarantine. For up-to-date information on designated states please click here.

Full information on the Irish Life Health National Senior Track and Field Championships visit: https://www.athleticsireland.ie/…/national-senior…

AAI Games, CE Championships, & 20k Walks Entry

The 2021 AAI Games and Irish Life Health National Senior/Junior Combined Events Championships will take place on June 12th & 13th in Morton Stadium, Santry. The timetable to be released after entry has closed.

The AAI Games was awarded a European Athletics Permit for 2021. The AAI Games will now be a Category D event for World Ranking Points and will offer athletes a valuable opportunity to gain points towards Tokyo Qualification.

CE Championships
High jump

Online entry is now available for:

  • AAI Games (EA Permit Event) & Irish Life Health National Combined Events – June 12th & 13th in Morton Stadium, Santry
  • Irish Life Health National 20k Walks – June 12th St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam, Co. Galway

Event Information and Entry https://www.athleticsireland.ie/…/aai-games-ce…

Fit4Life is Returning

We are delighted that we can finally start to plan a return to Fit4Life on the 10th May.  Meeting point will be in the Westside.

In the meantime, we would appreciate if anyone who hasn’t already registered with the Club for 2021 would do so before Friday 7th May.

https://member.clubforce.com/memberships_cart_m.asp?LL_ID=1285&CLB=1

This will help us with planning numbers and making sure that we have enough leaders available for each group.

Runners who have not been with the Club before are welcome to join, check out the different paced groups on the Fit4Life Training page for more information or contact gchfit4life@gmail.com

Hope everyone has been keeping well and are looking forward to getting back training together again!

“Running friends make the good runs better and the hard runs easier.”

Become a Galway City Harrier

Become a Galway City Harrier
Do you have a passion for athletics? Then come and train with Galway City Harriers, one of Ireland’s premier athletics clubs.

New Members

Galway City Harriers is a club for everyone, regardless of ability. Whether you are an experienced athlete looking to compete in an array of events, or a beginner who is interested in enjoying running and getting fit, Galway City Harriers is the best place for you to achieve these goals. Membership subscriptions are due annually in January each year. We would be delighted to welcome you!

GCH new membership

Existing Members – Membership Renewal

GCH Membership Renewal

Membership is from 15th December 2020 to 31st December 2021. Your membership fee is due by the end of January to ensure your registration with Athletics Ireland.

Anyone participating in club activities must be a paid-up member of Galway City Harriers for insurance purposes. This fee also includes the membership fee paid by the club to Athletics Ireland for each athlete.

Juvenile Registration

If you were not a member in 2020, please do not attempt to register unless you have been invited to do so by the Club Secretary.. Without invitation, your registration will be rejected. Please direct all enquiries to secretary.gchjuvenile@gmail.com.

GCH Juvenile Membership

Membership Cost

The following membership rates for the year are as follow:

Registration PlanNotesCost
Adult MemberFee includes GCH Membership Fee and AAI membership fee?€ 45
Adult Member including Track FeeFee includes AAI affiliation fee and weekly coaching in Dangan. € 100
GCH Adult Member - Annual Track FeeFee to attend weekly coached Track sessions in Dangan on Tuesday evenings. You must be a current member of GCH.€ 55
GCH Adult Member - Term Track FeeFee to attend weekly coached Track sessions in Dangan on Tuesday evenings. You must be a current member of GCH.Term 1 - January to AprilTerm 2 - May to AugustTerm 3 - September to December€ 22
AAI Club Adult Member - Annual Track FeeFee to attend weekly coached Track sessions in Dangan on Tuesday evenings if you are a current member of another Athletics Ireland Club and would like to join the weekly Tuesday Track session.€ 75
AAI Club Adult Member - Term Track FeeFee to attend weekly coached Track sessions in Dangan on Tuesday evenings if you are a a current member of another Athletics Ireland Club and would like to join in the weekly Tuesday track session. Term 1 - January to April? Term 2 - May to August? Term 3 - September to December€ 33
Juvenile MemberFee to attend weekly coached Track Sessions€ 100
Two Juvenile Members in the same familyFee to attend weekly coached Track Sessions€ 160
Three or more Juvenile Members in the same familyFee to attend weekly coached Track Sessions€ 215

How to Join / Renew

2020 Membership expires on 31st January 2021. To renew your membership for 2021 season, follow the link to the online form. We use an on-line registration and payment system which will make the registration process smooth and secure. Galway City Harriers a club run by dedicated volunteers and is a not for profit organisation. All our coaches are qualified by the Athletics Association of Ireland.

Please note that for some groups there may be a waiting list depending on numbers of athletes and/or coaches.

Covid-19 Update 12th March

Message from Hamish Adams, CEO Athletics Ireland.

We are very conscious that our membership is anxious to return to training and competition when the Government allows us to exit the current Level 5 lockdown. We continue to discuss and lobby for a return for athletics on a weekly basis with representatives of the Sport Ireland Expert Group and other key decision makers. We do note that in the recently released Resilience and Recovery Covid19 document that there is provision for a return to activity for outdoor, non-contact training in pods of 15 at Level 4. We see this as a very positive development for our sport.

We greatly appreciate the patience you have all shown during these pandemic times and we commit to regular, transparent communication with our stakeholders. We will share any developments on the re-opening of sport from the Sport Ireland Expert Group as we receive them.

The country remains at level 5 until April 5th and all sporting activity is on hold awaiting further guidance from Government. Full details of level 5 restrictions can be found HERE.

Lockdown Warmup #1

Regular warm-ups can be done very simply at home as demonstrated here in this video kindly shared by Athletics Ireland & Killarney Valley AC / Killarney Valley AC Arena.

Fingers crossed our members will have warm-ups in Dangan with friends in the near future…

For now, we have our 1 Mile Challenge with Ennis Track , our club’s ongoing Virtual Challenge and our Online Zoom classes on Fridays with coach/Physio Ruth Molloy which started so successfully last Friday; thanks Ruth! Finally, we also have our in-club mini-competition to motivate our members on their return.

Become a Galway City Harrier

Become a Galway City Harrier
Do you have a passion for athletics? Galway City Harriers is a club for everyone, regardless of ability.

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