Senior News

News for senior members and athletes

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.

Galway AAI Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Dangan. 6:30pm 26th May 2006

  • Posted on: 23 March 2006
  • By: Vincent

The Galway AAI outdoor T&F Championships will take place in Dangan, Newcastle at 6:30pm Friday 26th May 2006. All athletes who are members of an AAI club are invited to attend. Entries are to be made in advance through your club secretary.

The running order for all events is given below. In age groups where two age groups are competing (e.g. U17 & Senior) the lower height hurdle or weight will be used. See safety notes at the end.

Track Events Schedule
First event starts at 6:30pm. Subsequent events will begin immediately thereafter. Also see safety notes below.

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.

Runners Meeting Planned for Thurs 23rd March

  • Posted on: 8 March 2006
  • By: Vincent

Following the very successful Galway Senior Athletes meeting in Athenry in early February the working group have prepared a proposal for additional racing, training and improved communications amongst Galway athletes. A further general meeting has been arranged to explain, discuss and finalise the proposals. All interested people are invited and welcome to come along. Please pass these details on to people you think may be interested.

Location: Quality Hotel Oranmore
Date: Thursday 23rd March
Time: 7:30pm departure for a 40 minute run and 8:30pm sharp for the meeting.

Free Pancakes, Wine & Councillor Niall O’Brolochain in Drag!

  • Posted on: 23 February 2006
  • By: GCH Web

Galway Rape Crisis Centre are looking for volunteers to help raise funds by running the Dublin mini-marathon . They have issued an open invitation to attend the launch of their annual mini marathon fundraising drive, on Tuesday 28th February at 6pm in the Galway Golf Club, Salthill. Pancakes, wine and yes, Councillor Niall O’Brolochain will be in Drag!

If you've thought about doing the mini-marathon for the first time, or plan to do it yet again please come along. More details are available from Jenny (GRCC administrator) on 091 583 149 or email:


Successful Galway Senior Athletes Meeting in Athenry

  • Posted on: 10 February 2006
  • By: GCH Web

Last night, 9th February, a very successful meeting of senior Galway athletes and club members was held in Athenry. The objective was to generate ideas to improve participation and competition at a senior level across the county. A wide range of issues were discussed including racing, training and communications. Nearly forty very enthusiastic and positive participants helped to make the meeting a success. The meeting will be reported to the Galway County Board meeting next week.


Club award for Martin McEvilly

  • Posted on: 6 February 2006
  • By: GCH Web

Tom Porter and Martin McEvilly
At our AGM Tom Porter, club chairman, presented a special commemorative award to Martin McEvilly on his winning of the masters world championship last September.

Martin won gold in the men's 3000m steeplechase M55 in San Sebastian, Spain. His time of 10:58.88 was a season's best.