Weekend Round up 16th/17th February
National Senior Indoor Championships
It was a hugely successful and momentous weekend for Galway City Harriers’ athletes at the National Senior Indoor Championships held in Abbottstown, Dublin last weekend. A haul of four National medals, two of them gold: Cillin Greene winning a fantastic maiden National Senior title, and Sean Breathnach adding to his haul of over twenty National Senior titles.
Greene stormed to victory to win his first National Senior title over 400m, in just his fourth race at the distance. Greene tore off in the first lap and held an all-important lead at the break leading into the second lap, with athletes behind including the famed Thomas Barr running into difficulty. Greene held on to his lead all the way and took a memorable victory with a top-class display of front running over the 400m. In claiming gold, he also set a European qualifying standard with his 47.19 clocking, all in all a truly remarkable day for the hugely talented GCH athlete.
Not to be outdone, the erstwhile Sean Breathnach of GCH claimed yet another National title, winning the Shot Putt with a best throw of 16.22m. GCH throwers made it a clean sweep for the city club, as Brendan Staunton of Galway City Harriers won Silver and Michael Breathnach, younger brother of Sean claimed the bronze medal.
GCH had a number of other athletes competing : Aisling Joyce and Kathryn Casserly competed in the Ladies 1500m heats on Saturday with Aisling finishing 8th in the final on Sunday. Laura Nally competed in the 400m heats on Saturday while Jack Maher and Neill Keane also competed in the 1500m heats on Saturday.
Connacht Schools Cross Country Finals
The Connacht Schools Cross Country Finals were held in Bushfield, Loughrea on Saturday last with a number of GCH athletes competing for their respective schools. In the Junior boy’s race, Daragh Jennings representing SCC Carraroe finished in first place with his club mate William McDonnell representing St. Josephs Galway close behind in second. In the Intermediate boys race, Barry Murphy representing St Enda’s finished third with club mate Eoghan Jennings, representing SCC Carraroe in sixth place. Aaron Brennan, representing Colaiste Bhaile Chlair finished second in the Senior boys race. The athletes qualify for the Irish Schools Cross Country championships which will be held in Clongowes College, Clane, in County Kildare on 9th March.
Next upcomong Fixture: Connacht Indoor Championships
The Connacht Indoor Track and Field Championships takes place over two days next weekend, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February. Day one sees the U12 and U13 competitions take centre stage, while Day two features the U14 to U19 Juvenile events, and the Senior and Masters competitions. The event will be held in Athlone IT arena and commences from 10am each day. A large GCH contingent is expected to compete!