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.
Here are the standings after the National Novices cross country where our ladies team did the club proud bringing home a national bronze team medal. Not a lot changed at the top of the standings but Alvy Carragher, Barbara Dunne and Helen Corbett showed they would be serious contenders for the Club Challenge title if they put their mind to it. Niamh Hennelly had another great run on the country and looks like she can't be stopped now. Still plenty up for grabs though with the other placings and the age category awards.
On the men's side Martin Kearney, recent recruit to the M60 category, can technically still be denied the the overall award but it will take a perfect storm of results for this to happen. St. Stephen's Day in Athenry will decide all.
Next start date for Beginners to Fit4Life is Monday 12th January 2015. 7pm Westside Library. Any queries to Bernie 087-7504066
Congratulations to Alanna Lally, of Galway City Harriers and Presentation College Athenry who last week was presented with the School Girl's Athlete of the Year award.
The award was presented by Michael Hunt, President of the Irish Schools' Athletics Association, during the National Athletics Awards Ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, Co. Dublin.
Round 1 of the penultimate club challenge event was the Inter-County Cross Country in Dundalk IT last weekend. It produced a big move in the women's challenge. Niamh Hennelly has leap-frogged to the top of the leaderboard and it will take some fancy footwork and equally fancy mathematics to dislodge her.
In the men's challenge things were largely unchanged at the very top but Gary Thornton, Keith Fallon, Brian O'Connor and John Cronin made great strides up the leaderboard. But have they left their dash too late?
Round 2 of the penultimate event is the National Novice Cross Country Santry on 7th December (best of this and the Inter-counties to count). Of course, the Club Challenge wraps-up with the Fields of Athenry when it looks like final positions could still be up for grabs.
The last of the years training plans only a few weeks remain in 2014 so keep motivated and following the plan till Xmas.
Many thanks to Matt Lockett for putting the training plans together all year.
Why not come along and join the Fit4Life group at Westside Library for a run/jog to celebrate the start of the 8th year?
From very humble beginnings back in November 2007 Fit4Life has grown immensely into the biggest Fit4Life Group in the country. Its main function was and still is in getting participants started on the road to becoming regular joggers/runners. There are 2 training sessions per week on Mondays and Thursdays at 7pm from Westside Library. There are 7 different groups each training at different paces from beginner to advanced runner. Each group has dedicated leaders who plan routes and pace each training session.
Bernie Kelly is pictured above with her 2013 European Athletics Women’s Leadership Award for her dedication to Fit4Life participants. She'll be embarrased seeing it up there but she deserves enormous credit!
The second day of the Connacht cross country held in Westport House last Sunday. The venue was superb for a more traditional cross country course with lots of hills and muck. The heavy passing showers made underfoot conditions difficult and several GCH participants fell during the races but everybody finished.
With the results now in, there have been some small but significant changes at the top of the leaderboards in both the men's and women's events.
Jane Walsh by managing to stay upright in Westport has eked out another 3 points in her lead over Mags Sheridan. In a sport of miles these 'inches' may makes all the difference come St. Stephen's Day.
On the men's side of things Martin Kearney and Martin McEvilly put further daylight between themselves and the chasing pack and the major honours are surely between the two of them now. The elder statesmen of the club are showing the young bucks the way to do it. Vincent Jordan is still keeping his name in the mix and has moved back into third place overall due to his efforts in Mayo.
Next up is more cross country. The National Senior / Novices.
October Round up of Results
Gary Thornton took the mens title in 25:01 while Alvy Carragher of GCH took the top women’s result in 31:09. Grainne Ni Uallachain (GCH) in her build up to DCM came second in 31:25 while the ever smiling Emer O’Leary was 3rd having just come back from injury in 32:09.
Day 1 in Bushfield, Loughrea on Sunday 2nd November
Day 2 in Westport House, Westport, Co Mayo on Sunday, 9th November
Race distances for both days
Senior, novice and master women 4K
Senior, novice and master men 8k
Entries for both need to be sent to me before next Thursday October 23rd.
Please indicate whether you are taking part in Senior, Novice or Master.
Races start on both days at 1pm with juvenile races followed immediately by the adults.
No late entries. Contact Bernie on email@example.com