Galway City Harriers AC in conjunction with main race sponsor Kearney Cycles are pleased to announce that entries are now open for this year's race via our online registration partners ACTIVE.com at: REGISTER HERE
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.
FLAT & FAST, (two words loved by runners)......let's hope for no wind!!!
Route map for the GCH leg of 5k Series which will be held at Galway Airport next Tuesday 26th May.
The course is a two lap course on the airport runway and surrounds. First lap is 2k followed by a 3km lap.
Parking is available for 500+ cars at airport grounds, which is on the R339 road just before Carnmore cross and is directly opposite Topaz garage.
This weekend the Juvenile section will be conducting a survey of parents and guardians of our juvenile membership. The aim of this survey is to inform the development agenda for the juvenile programme at GCH.
We ask every parent and guardian to come down to the track for five minutes this Sunday to complete a copy of the survey. Surveys and pens will be available at the track.
There was a fantastic turnout of more than 60 GCH members at the seminar on psychology in sport last night at the Galway Bay Hotel. We had some of the newest members present with some of the longest standing members of the club and the speakers kept us enthralled.
In our recent members survey 82% of respondents reported they run to keep fit and healthy. The good news it they are doing just the right thing. The April editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine says:
A recent report from the UK's Academy of Medical Royal Colleges described ‘the miracle cure’ of performing 30 min of moderate exercise, five times a week, as more powerful than many drugs administered for chronic disease prevention and management. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers by at least 30%.
Interestingly 25% of our respondents reported they run to lose weight. The news on this front is less good:
However, physical activity does not promote weight loss.
This is a great article jointly written by a cardiologist, sport physiologist and nutritionist and well worth a read. Or if you're interested the lead author cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra discusses the article in a BJSM podcast.
Keep your ear to the GHC ground as we'll be holding a seminar on nutrition for sport in the not too distant future.
The Members Survey showed members are looking to upskill in various ways. One great way to do that is to learn a bit about coaching. Athletics Ireland are conducting an Assistant Coach and GCH will pay the course costs for members and parents of Juveniles.
Course Starts: 10am 17th May in Dangan.
The National 10k in the Phoenix Park on April 11th was the 3rd event in the GCH Club Challenge 2015. It proved to be a high scoring day in the challenge with 9 participants collecting the 30point medal bonus and two collecting the 10k PB bonus.
In both the mens and women's tables three of the top four slots are taken by our masters runners reflecting very strong national performances by this element of our club.