GCH is a great club. I believe in our club, the athletes, volunteers, parents are all amazing. However sometimes at senior level we don’t show this as a club at elite level competition, we always have some great individual performances but rarely as a team. This is beginning to change, we’re showing it in Cross country and now we’re showing it in track & field.
News for senior members and athletes
At last month’s AGM held on January 20th, Bernie Kelly’s service as secretary of GCH for the past 8 years was appreciated by a voucher and flowers.
Bernie was also awarded with her Honorary lifetime membership for her generous service to the club and GCH committee.
And Gottarun in Oranmore kindly donated a pair of runners for Bernie.
A special thank you to Bernie from all her friends at GCH.
GCH athlete, Marie Mulkerrin, Acting Senior Dietitian - B.Sc (Hons), will lead a workshop on 'Nutrition for Performance athletics' on the 25th Feb at 7pm at the Galway Bay hotel. The talk will be aimed at athletes aged 13+ from juvenile club, and senior and masters athletes planning to do intense training (training 4-5days per week or more).
It was a great start to the yar for GCH with the first big local race of the year taking place in Tuam on January 17th. The Tuam 8k is renowned and always gathers a big crowd and a competitive field. This year was no differenct with GCH taking a hattrick in the mens.
Gay Thorton took first place in 24.22, follwoed by Matt Bidwell in second in 25.54 and in thrid came Michael O'Connor in 27.10.
National Indoor League Round 1
Saturday 16th January – National League Round 1. First race of the
year, so every winner here sets a National Leading best!.
GCH has a men’s team entered. We have a strong team overall but were
missing 1 or 2 athletes who will be around for the final.
A massive congratulations to Keith Fallon who won the U23’s Bonze at last weekend’s National Inter Cross Country 8k in Santry. And was 40th overall in one of the most competitive Cross Country Races we have seen to date. Keith has also been selected for the U23 team to represent Ireland in the European Cross Country Championships in France on December 13th, a massive achievement!!
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A massive congrats to almost 20 GCHers that took part in the 36th Dublin City Marathon 2015 held on Monday 26th October. It was not the most ideal of conditions for 26.2 miles but it didn’t make much of a difference to our brilliant GCH athletes with many coming home with PB’s and even some new silver wear for their efforts.
Cross Country season is well under way and a big hitter as always is the Gerry Farnan XC. This year marked the 32nd year of the race which is also the trial race for men and women wishing to represent Ireland in next month’s British & Irish Masters CC International, scheduled for Saturday 14th November in Santry.
Galway City Harriers had 3 great performances from athletes Keith Fallon, Michael O’Conner and Martin McEvily.
Keith came in second in U23’s and 13th overall in 27.01.
Conditions were perfect??? Not a sentence we’ve heard a lot of lately in the West for any sport but once in a while it all comes together and we are blessed with the ideal conditions to run. Saturday was one of those days………….
Three events took place this year……… 10k, Half Marathon and the addition of a Marathon saw approx. 2600 runners invade the prom with their own individual missions….to participate…….finish……PB…….win!!!