It was quite a busy and successful weekend for GCH athletes, with great performances all round at the various competitions – local, National and International.
Information Board notices for club members
With some of last weekends competitions cancelled due to the weather, this Saturday (10th March) will see GCH athletes compete around the country in three seperate events. The National Master Indoor Championships takes place in Athlone IT.
The All Ireland Schools Cross Country takes place in waterford IT, while the Inter Varsity Cross Country takes place in the Trinity Sports Grounds in Santry Woods in Dublin.
Good luck to all.
The Irish Life Health National Master Indoor Championships scheduled to take place this Sunday 4th March has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions. The championship has been rescheduled for SATURDAY 10TH MARCH in Athlone IT.
Entry to the event has now reopened until this Sunday evening. Link to timetable here (ignore the old date of the 3rd on this)
Please Note: There are 2 GAA matches in Pearse Stadium this Sunday 11th February- one at 12pm and one at 2pm, so anyone heading to Clarinbridge to the Cross Country from that direction, please leave Galway City early to get out to Clarinbridge ! Galway Athletics are looking for more marshals / helpers for the Cross Country this Sunday, 11th February in Clarinbridge. Quite a lot of volunteer work has gone in up to this point to ensure the event happens here in Galway and is successful.
Galway City Harriers Junior Men’s Cross Country team competed in Mira in Portugal at the European Clubs Cross Country Championships on Sunday last and the five-man squad did the club and the city proud, with a great ninth place finish in their first outing at European level.
Galway City Harriers women’s and men’s teams competed in two rounds of the Indoor League to make it to the final last weekend. The final was held at the National Indoor Arena, in Abbottstown, Dublin. After a lot of last minute reshuffling due to illness and injury, both teams really stepped up with many of the athletes doubling up in events.
GCH’s Gary Thornton is the 2018 World Marathon Challenge Champion after completing 7 Marathons in 7 Continents in 7 Days. Amazingly, Gary was first marathoner across the line in six of the marathons and co first in one when crossing the line with Jason Cousins of Great Britain. The Challenge began on January 30th with the first marathon in Antarctica (Novo) in 2:58:39. Africa followed on January 31st (Capetown). Marathon number three took place in Australia (Perth) on February 1st, and the following day it was onto Asia (Dubai).
Galway Athletics Club information document is attached here. It is full of useful information about Athletics in Galway and when various competitions take place. It will particularly useful for anyone new to the Club. Thanks to Michael Tobin for doing most of the work in pulling this together.
The very best of luck to our under 20 Cross Country Team of Aaron Brennan, Eanna Folan, Michael Healy, Gary Martyn and Thomas McStay who compete at the European Clubs Cross Country this Sunday, 4th February in Mira, Portugal. Coach Matt Lockett and Team Manager Brian Bruton will accompany the team.