Senior Racing

Gary Thornton wins North Pole Marathon

  • Posted on: 16 April 2013
  • By: JoanneOB

Congrats to Gary Thornton who beat 50 other international competitors to win the North Pole Marathon on Tuesday 9th April.
Facing brutal conditions of -30 degrees, he completed the marathon in 3:49:29. The race took place at Camp Barneo, an annual Russian military camp, which is close to the geographical North Pole.
"The course was brutal. It’s like you’re on the moon up there,” he said afterwards. “I’d only raced in two before this, in cities, so this was totally different to what I’ve ever done. I had to wear a face mask and really needed that, it was brutally cold.”

Connemara Marathon 2013

  • Posted on: 13 April 2013
  • By: JoanneOB

The Connemara Marathon series of races took place for the 12th year on Sunday 7th April. Conditions were cold and windy and yet a field of almost 2800 competitors across all races took part. There were three races on the day, a Half marathon, Full marathon, and Ultra-marathon (39.3 miles)

The Half Marathon was won by Matt Bidwell (Galway City Harriers) for the second year in a row in a time of 1:19:29. He was followed by Phil Kilgannon (Sportsworld) in 1:21:18 and in 3rd place was Clive Brown in 1:22:29.

Galway Sports Partnership 10K

  • Posted on: 13 April 2013
  • By: JoanneOB

Galway City Partnership host their 2nd Annual 10k run/walk/jog event in Labane, Ardrahan on April 20th at 11am.
Entry Fee: €15 online entry or €20 register on the day
Category prizes include: Senior Men/Women 1st / 2nd /3rd 1st, Over 40/50/60 Men & Women, 1st Local Man & Woman, 1st Junior U-19 and spot prizes for Fit4life participants.
Approved by AAI.
Attached is the map of the course The is route map is

GCH leave Colemenstown 10k laden down with prizes

  • Posted on: 2 April 2013
  • By: JoanneOB

The Galway City Harriers came home from this year’s Colemanstown 10k with an abundance of honorable prizes.
In the mens category it was a clean sweep for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place, with GCH claiming all 3 top places. Last year’s winner Matt Bidwell held his 1st place title in a time of 33:39. Owen Byrne also held his 2nd place title in 34:39 and Gearoid Hynes completed the trio of prizes in 3rd place coming home in 36:11.

Colmanstown 10K

  • Posted on: 28 March 2013
  • By: BernieK

There is a 10K run in Colemanstown this Saturday, 30th March at 12pm. AAI permitted and official measured course.

Colemanstown is situated off the main Monivea to Menlough Road (R339) by turning off the main road at Garbally Castle. It is easily accessible from the M6 taking the exit for Athenry.

Online registration is available through until Thursday, 28th March. The cost of registration is €20. Registration will also be accepted on the morning of the run between 10.00am and 11.30am at the Colemanstown Utd Clubhouse.


Woodie’s DIY AAI Road Relay Championships (April 7th)

  • Posted on: 28 March 2013
  • By: JoanneOB

The Woodie’s DIY AAI Road Relay Championships will now take place on Sunday 7th April in Raheny, Dublin at 2pm.

Entry Fee: €25.00 per team (Senior Women, Master Women and Master Men)
Entry Fee: €35.00 per Senior Men’s team

Rules and Info
* Athletes must be registered with AAI for the 2013 season.
* All competitors must wear club colours.
* Championships medals will only be awarded to registered athletes.
* A male athlete becomes a master on his 35th Birthday.
* A female athlete becomes a master on her 35th Birthday.

Galway 5k Series

  • Posted on: 27 March 2013
  • By: JoanneOB

Entry to the series is now closed

For those registered, all details can be found at

Where and When:
Athenry - Tuesday 30th April, 7:45pm
Venue: Athenry Boys School Note - NEW venue

Claregalway - Tuesday 7th May, 8:00pm
Venue: Claregalway Corporate Park, Oranmore Rd.

Loughrea - Tuesday 14th May, 8:00pm
Venue: Gaelscoil Riabhach off the Gort Road.

Craughwell - Tuesday 21st May, 8:00pm
Venue: Community Hall.

Galway City - Tuesday 28th May, 8:00pm
Venue: To be finalised.

Tuam - Tuesday 4th June, 8:00pm
Venue: Ard Rí House Hotel, Milltown Road

GCH wins Gold at County Championship AAI Team Event

  • Posted on: 27 March 2013
  • By: JoanneOB

Congratulations to both the GCH Ladies and Mens teams who won Gold in this years County Championship AAI Team event.

Results are as follows

1. GCH 3:52:16
2. Craughwell 3:54:09
3. Athenry A 4:17:06

1. GCH 4:46:38
2. Athenry 4:50:32
3. Craughwell 4:59:37