Leg 1 of the Connaught Senior/Master League is this Sunday 13th October in Moyne Community School, Longford. Entries for Leg 1 need to be submitted this Tuesday evening 8th October. Anyone who would like to compete contact club secretary ASAP for entry to this weekends’ races. Individual categories are Novice, Senior and Master o40 (master begins at o40 for Connaught League), master o65. Team categories are Senior and Master (o40). You must remain in your chosen individual and team category for all three races.
Congratulations to GCH sprinter Alex Lee who has been selected by Paralympics Ireland for the Irish team to compete at the World Para Athletics Championships. Alex will compete in the 100m and 200m at the Championships which take place from 7th - 15th of November in Dubai. Tremendous achievement for Alex who only began running and competing in 2018 ! His dedication and hard work is an inspiration to many. Deserving reward for an equally deserving athlete. Well done to all of Alex's back up and support crew, including coach Brendan Glynn and all of Alex's sprint mates!
The County Cross Country Championships (Day 1 ) takes place in Tuam on Sunday 6th October. As a result there will be no juvenile training in Dangan for U9 to U12s as athletes and coaches attend this event.
Wishing everyone participating an enjoyable day.
Attached results of yesterday's 2019 Galway AAI Primary Schools Cross Country Championship Finals held in Renmore. Well done to all who competed and helped out ! Connacht qualifiers ie the top 15 and top 3 teams in each race will be notified with further details shortly!
Some Cross country fixtures below. This is not a comprehensive list.
Sunday 6th October: Galway County Senior/Junior/Master xc & Juvenile uneven ages. Venue: Palace Grounds, Tuam. 1pm (strictly no entry available after 2nd October)
Sunday October 13th: Connaught Senior/Master league Leg 1 & Connaught National Schools xc. Venue: Moyne Community School, Longford.
Sunday October 20th.:Galway County Intermediate xc & Juvenile even ages. Loughrea.
Sunday 20th OCTOBER: AAI Autumn Open xc (incorporating master trials). Abbotstown
Berlin Marathon. Well done to our GCH athletes who ran the Berlin Marathon last weekend. An impressive 2:19:06 from Ciaran Faherty who placed 65th overall. Martin Kearney finished second in his age category in a terrific 2:59:10, Malachy Wolohan ran 3:14:58, Dave Keaney 2:53:15, Karen Quirke 3:49:36, Leonor Rodriguez 4:14:02. Well done all!
Loughrea 10k. In Loughrea, first GCH male was Paul Keane in 38.19 while first GCH female was Mary Kealy.
Castlegar AC Open Cross Country (incorporating County Novice championships). Castlegar AC hosted a gala open cross-country event for Juvenile and Adults ages on Saturday 21st September, at Merlin Woods City Park, Doughiska. GCH athletes were well represented in the 4k and 6k races as well as the mixed relay event.
The European Masters Track and Field competition concluded on September 15th after 12 days of competition in Venice, Italy. A belated congratulations to GCH sprinter Jim Phelan, pictured below with his relay medals along with sprint coach Brendan Glynn. Jim had a fantastic week of competition. After two terrific performances in the qualifying rounds Jim made the 400m o45 individual final where he placed a credible fifth in a new personal best of 53.23 seconds!
Westport festival of Athletics. At the Westport 10k, Laura Shaughnessy finished first female in 35.49 with Regina Casey third in 37.09. Along with Adrienne Walsh (second o65) the GCH women took the second team prize. The previous evening the four-man GCH squad of James Frizzell, Barry Murphy, Jack Maher and Keith Fallon won the 4 X 1 Mile Relay event held at the Westport track.
Rathoath Half Marathon.Christine Kennedy posted a terrific time of 1 hr 30mins 45 secs at the Rathoath half marathon in County Meath. (2nd o50).
Results from Tuesday last's Primary Schools Cross Country semi finals held in Renmore are attached. The top 30 and the first five teams in each race qualify for the finals which will be held Tuesday next 1st october at the same venue . Many thanks to all who helped organise and well done to all schools and pupils who took part - over 2,000 entered these events!