Senior Athletes

This section contains articles relating to our club athletes.

All Roads Leading To Athenry

  • Posted on: 21 December 2008
  • By: seamusc

[acidfree:1634 title=" " align=right]Are you heading to Athenry on St. Stephen's Morning (26th December) for the 10K road-race?

If so, check out the following important transport notice as posted on the Athenry AC web-site: http://www.athenryac.com/why-not-take-bus

Our own Ian Egan is the man behind this initiative and he needs a quorum to make it happen, so do consider it as an option and save any unnecessary cars descending on the town on the day.

Great News From Cavan Cross-Country!

  • Posted on: 7 December 2008
  • By: seamusc

[acidfree:1486 title="Matthew Lockett" align=right]Unconfirmed reports are reaching us all the way from Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan of an incredible 3rd-place finish by GCH's Matthew Lockett in the all-Ireland senior men's novice cross-country championship earlier today. Matthew was running as part of the county Galway team and when full and final confirmation of his performance is received, we hope to provide more details of this fantastic achievement in a high-powered national competition.

Call For Articles

  • Posted on: 12 November 2008
  • By: seamusc

[acidfree:1543 title=" " size=150 align=right]With the upsurge of new members in GCH recently, particularly through Bernie Kelly's trojan work with the Fit4Life program, we're always interested in your own personal experiences of running and racing, what it means to you, and what you get out of it.

Gary Thornton Wins BUSA Outdoor Championships 10k

  • Posted on: 9 May 2007
  • By: mel

Gary ThorntonGary Thornton won the British Universities 10k on the track last weekend in a superb time of 29:30.47s. This represents a personal best performance for Gary, who is now based in London and was competing for St. Mary’s.

BUSA Outdoor Athletics Championships 2007 – Bedford - 10000m MEN
1 Gary Thornton St. Mary’s 29:30.47
2 Jonathon Thewlis Nottingham 29:59.48
3 Matthew Janes Westminster 30.23.09

This follows excellent performances over cross country this winter by Gary, including 3rd at the BUSA Cross Country Championships in February and 5th at the English National Cross Country Championships in March.

Galway 5km series 2007 - G.C.H. to host final leg

  • Posted on: 26 April 2007
  • By: mel

Dangan viewG.C.H. will host the final leg of the County Galway Spring 5km Series, in Dangan, on Tuesday 29th May, so...

Dig out your runners! Dust off your shorts and get running…

A series of 5km races will take place around Galway on Tuesday evenings during May, as follows:
* Athenry, 1st May [Venue, Newcastle Community Centre]
* Tuam, 8th May [Venue, Palace Grounds]
* Craughwell, 15th May [Venue, Community Hall]
* Loughrea, 22nd May [Venue, Temperance Hall]
* Galway City, 29th May [Vanue, Dangan Sport Grounds, NUIGalway]

Each race will commence at 8.00pm.

Open Meeting for Adult Athletics in Galway

  • Posted on: 28 February 2007
  • By: Vincent

Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 8:30pm
Location: The Quality Hotel in Oranmore.

Galway's adult athletes convened a productive get-together last year which resulted in, amongst other things, the highly successful May 5k Series.

It is felt around the county that it would be worthwhile to stage a repeat of this meeting which will give adults involved in athletics in Galway the opportunity to discuss the development of our sport in County Galway.

Seamus O'Donnell interview - 3 Times National Marathon Champion

  • Posted on: 3 May 2006
  • By: Vincent

In this article Seamus O'Donnell provides some insight into his distinguished career as an endurance athlete.

What got you interested in running?

I started running in 1971 at the age of eleven with St. Johnston AC. The local club had just been founded and everybody else was joining.

What kind of running did you do as a Juvenile?

I ran both track and cross-country events. Sports days were big in Donegal at that time and during the summer there would usually be a sports somewhere in the county every Sunday. I was mostly mid-pack in competition but I got a few podium finishes later on including a silver in the Ulster U-17 3000m. I also qualified to represent Ulster in the O'Duffy cup in 1978.

Gary Thornton - From Strength to Strength

  • Posted on: 23 March 2006
  • By: Vincent

Gary Thornton has been running with Galway City Harriers since the mid 1990s. His first run was a city schools cross-country race "just to get a half day" but when he came second PJ and Ollie invited him to join the juvenile section.

In this article Gary outlines some of his recent race performances, his training regieme and his plans for the year ahead.

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