Senior Training

This section provides details for routine and once-off club training activity.

GCH Senior Training

Run Locations This page shows the main group training sessions for the club. Click on the image to the right for a map showing the locations. Keep an eye on the homepage for any last-minute updates to the sessions below.

If you are an established runner come to one of the sessions in Dangan, introduce yourself and chat with the leader to find out what session will suit you. If you want to start jogging/running please check out our Fit4Life training section.

Tuesday 7.30pm-8:30pm Intervals/Hills/Long Repetitions - Track at Dangan

A regular club track session at the athletics track in Dangan. Warm-up beforehand at 7pm around hockey pitch.

Thursday 6:15pm Tempo Run - Dangan Pavilion

Warm-up starts at 6pm, with tempo run 6:15pm sharp

Saturday 10am Long reps/Hills/Tempo Session - Dangan Pavilion

Starts with a warm-up.

Sunday 9:00am Long Run - Cathedral

The Sunday morning run starting at the Cathedral (on the footpath opposite main Cathedral doors) has become an institution. This is about 11 miles although shorter options are available.

What I read about when I read about running...

I started the recent May bank holiday weekend by tumbling off the bike on the way home from work on Friday evening. A few hours later I walked out of UCH stitched, plastered and patched. My plans for the weekend were just as tattered.

Fortunately it was only a couple of days since I'd visited Westside Library. Many of you will know this as the congregation point for a multitude of runners on Monday and Thursday evenings who get to run with guidance from Bernie and a team of volunteer leaders. I've been lucky that it's my local library since it opened in January 2004.

If you haven't ventured inside there's a treat awaiting you. It's one of the nicest library's I've had the pleasure to frequent. Apart from the lovely building, good reading and study spaces it's also staffed by some of the most helpful librarians I've encountered. Dee, one of the team there, introduced me to the dedicated running section when I last visited. What a treasure trove it was. I saw copies of many books I own myself but a lot of new books I don't have.

Along with a great selection of running, triathlon, and nutrition books there was a shelf of DVDs. I left the building that evening "fully loaded" with five books and a DVD, all out of the running section. It's not unknown for me to leave with a full stack, but typically I'd bring many back having got no further than the back cover, and maybe a page or two inside. But

February Training

track in the Snow

Update to training on February 11th, session was 8x3 mins off 60 seconds

Well done to everyone who braved the weather conditions tonight

February training plans attached. Thanks Matt

Track Training Schedule for January.

Track returns Tuesday 7th January at 7.30pm at Dangan Pavilions.

To begin the year with some structure, Matt Lockett has put together a plan for both track and tempo running for the month of January.

Thanks Matt.

Please see the attached file for details

6 week Training Plan by Matt Lockett

Matt Lockett has put together a training program for the next 5 weeks which explains the rationale behind the training plan and types of sessions to include.

Thanks Matt!!

Fit4Life returns Monday 16th Sept

Just a reminder that Fit4Life recommences Monday night Sept 16th at 7pm at Westside Library and continues thereafter every Monday and Thursday night (except for Bank Holiday Mondays when we do not meet)

Regular running has many benefits, read this article just to remind your self of some of the benefits. 
http://www.galwaycityharriers.com/fit4life/10-reasons-start-running-chri...

Matt Lockett's Summer Training Plan

Please find Matt Lockett's 8 week Summer Training Plan attached

Wishing Matt every success on his travels!!

GCH at National League Final - Pinnacle of Domestic Competition

The Final of the National League took place on Sunday in Tullamore. Everywhere you looked, there was Olympians and International Athletes and amongst them all was the Galway City Harriers Mens team competing in the Premier Final.

This is GCH's first year in the the premier, making the final was an amazing achievement but we were determined to prove we desreved to be there and we done just that.

Training for the week 8 July

Training for the week for those aiming for middle distance, the national half-marathon or something in between.

Track & Field for Everyone - A Different View of Galway T&F Day 1

Last night saw Day 1 of the Galway Track & Field Competition. It was a fun night, I know I certainly enjoyed myself.

Track & Field is for everyone. Some people seem to be reluctant to give it a go and when questioned the answer is generally along the line " Oh I'm not good enough" or "that's only for elites and young speedsters"

Well I'd like to put it out there that Track & Field, along with all running is something that can be enjoyed by everyone! Don't be afraid to come out and give different events a go!

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