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.
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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.
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.
The Club is delighted to announce the club challenge for 2015 for all runners. The aim is to encourage all club members & club teams to take part in a broad range of events including many of the top regional and national events. The objective is to encourage team spirit whilst promoting our club. There are 15 chosen races and the best four results count for the Fit4Life section and the best seven for others.
Next start date for Beginners to Fit4Life is Monday 13th April 2015.
Meet at 7pm at Westside Library.
Any queries to Bernie 087-7504066
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Senior training plan attached thanks to Matt Lockett.
Track Training from 7.30 (warm up done) at Dangan Track every Tuesday.
Unoffical Training session every Thursday (see attachement.
Training from Dangan Pavillion every Saturday from 10.00am.
Sunday Morning Long run from the Cathedral at 9.00am.
Check out Facebook for updates.
Many runners log their miles using a GPS-enabled watch. The map below shows the areas in Galway that have been most logged for running. Dark blue means it's a route used a lot, and red used even more. Cappagh Rd (Parkrun), The Prom, Dangan and the racecourse are all heavily logged. A similar view is available for biking routes, or biking and running combined:
All members are invited to join us at a social gathering in Munroes, Dominic St. on Saturday 21st February from 8pm. As well as a chance to catch up with friends and glam-up there will be some Club Awards to recognise the achievements over the past year.
Awards will start around 8:45pm, including awards various county, provincial and national team medal winners, as well as for the Club Challenge and our club leaders. See you there!
So after all the sweat, tears, sunshine, rain, sleet, wind, (more rain, sleet and wind it seemed than sun) the final results of the 2014 GCH Club challenge are in. Congrats to all participants!!
- Gerry Carty 196
- Martin Kearney 194
- Martin McEvilly 182
- Niamh Hennelly 201
- Jane Walsh 195
- Margaret Sheridan 192
Men Over 40
- Vincent Jordan 171
Women Over 40
- Carmel Brannigan 185
Women Over 50
National Masters and Intermediates All Ireland Cross Country is on in Tuam, Co Galway, Feb 8th next, in the Palace Grounds, along with Juvenile Development events
This is the first National Cross Country Championship held in Galway since 1999.
Theres already huge interest and some strong teams are likely to be fielded for these events.
The event list below shows how many can be entered and how many score on all teams and race distances