Galway City Harriers is an athletics club based in Galway city, Ireland, catering for senior and juvenile athletes. Founded in 1899, GCH has been to the forefront of athletics in Ireland throughout the 20th century and many famous athletes have represented both club and country in track and field, cross-country and road competitions.
Close to home this time and the Craughwell 10 saw the second event of the 2015 GCH Club Challenge. Close to 40 GCHers toed the line on a close to perfect day for running. Grainne Ní Uallachain and Matt Bidwell led home the GCH challenge.Bernie Kelly leads up the women's side of the GCH challenge thanks to her bonus points from Ballycotton and strong run in Craughwell. Matt and Conor Dolan share top spot in the men's challenge. Next up is the National 10km in the Phoenix Park.
St. Patrick’s weekend this year was filled with sunshine and so the runners came out in all their glory......all the training in wind, rain, sleet and snow paid off as some fantastic performances ensued.
In the Abbey 10k, Larry Kelly won the Male O40 in 38.12 and was 5th overall, Danny Carr stormed home as first MO50 and in 6th place in 38.25. Sinead Brody was first lady on the button in 40.00 and 11th overall. A storming performance by all!!
And they're off and running (well, jogging anyway) in the 2015 GCH club challenge. After one of the most successful GCH cross country seasons in years XC fatigue set in and the opening event of the Club challenge (Inter-club XC) had no GCH competitors. However, the first bonus event of the challenge did see 2 GCHers travel south for one of the stars in the Irish road racing calendar, Ballycotton 10. Bernie Kelly and Conor Dolan have laid down their markers for the season ahead and sit atop of the GCH Club Challenge table.
As the National 10km is fast approaching and it carries potential bonus points for PBs can anyone interested in earning these bonus points pass on their current 10km PBs to the Challenge administrator at email@example.com.
Also, watch this space for news on the GCH Club away race.
The 30th Annual Streets of Galway 8k Road Race will take place this year on August 8th.
Celebrating 30 years is a massive achievement for the race and the club and we are delighted that we have come this far. From approx.. 100 racers in its first years to 2700 entrants in 2014 and a record sell out two weeks prior to the closing date for entries.
GCH has reserved a small fund to help young athletes to make the tricky transition from promising junior to successful senior. The U23 age group is the time at which many athletes are lost from the sport.
The U23 Bursary assists with the cost of conducting a serious competition campaign: Physio / medical assistance, travel etc. Successful applicants will be required to provide six monthly reports on the progress of their training and racing, alongside a summary of how they used any funding. They will also be expected to compete for the club on a regular basis. Athletes aged 18-23 should send completed forms (as attached) by 19th March to:
Or by post to Galway City Harriers Secretary, c/o Bernie Kelly, Caislean, Inverin, Co. Galway.
The tough conditions didn't hold GCH back at the 2015 Kinvara Rock and Road Half Marathon and 10k.
GCH took 2nd and 3rd in the Men's 10k with Matt Bidwell in 33.19 and Owen Byrne in 35.14.
Sean Hanley also had a great run in 6th place in 38.19.
The GCH ladies stole the show however taking all three top spots in the 10k. Helen Corbett stormed home in first place in 39.39, followed by Sinead Brody in 40.37 in second place and Esther O'Flaherty took thrid place in 42.02.