Galway Athletics Report

National Juvenile Track and Field Championships

Galway County Ladies team who won National League team silver
L to R  Sarah Finnegan, Aisling Joyce  Rachel Finnegan, Kathryn Casserly,  Nicole Walsh , Sinead Treacy, Laura Cunningham, Freya Bohan, Sinead Treacy, Arlene Earls, Regina Casey, Sinead Gaffney, Laura Cunningham and Lydia Doyle 

The National Juvenile Outdoor Track and Field championships concluded last weekend, in Tullamore with the Juvenile B championships, and the Inter Club Relays taking centre stage on Sunday last.

Galway City Harriers’ athletes secured more great success at the All Ireland B Championships with two golds going the club’s way via Jack Barry who brilliantly won the U12 Boys 60m dash and Christian Ogbemudia, who stormed to victory in the U15 Boys 100m in a championship record of 11.91, and later won silver in the U15 Shot Putt.

Other GCH individual medalists included Elisa Jaime-Stapleton who won silver in the U12 Girls Long Jump, Shane McGovern who took a fighting silver in the U12 Boys 600m, Emmanuel Chinagorm, who placed second in the Boys U15 High Jump and Aisling Healy, who secured a bronze in the Girls U16 100m.

GCH U18 Girls double National relay champions- L to R: Seren O’Toole, Aoibhe Deeley,  Chloe Casey, Eimear Rowe and Emma Jane Moran along with coach Dave Shaughnessy

In the Inter Club Relays, Galway City Harriers teams were outstanding, winning seven team medals.GCH U18 Girls team were in great form, winning double gold in 4x100m relay and the 4x400m via the same squad of Seren O’Toole, Aoibhe Deeley, Eimear Rowe, Chloe Casey and Emma Jane Moran. GCH U19 Girls also took relay gold, with the squad composed of Chloe Casey, Aoibhe Deely, Miriam Greene, and Seren O’Toole.

The city club won the U16 Boys relay gold via Christian Ugbemudia, Luke Dahler, Robert Urquhart, Conor Hoade, and Callum Healy while GCH U17 Boys team continued their clubs strong run with gold via the squad of Conor Hoade, Shaun Gilligan, Niall Breathnach, and Andrew Egan.

The GCH Boys U15 team won silver medals via Christian Ugbemudia, Evan Moran, Senan McDonnell, Nick Ukaga, Emmanuel Chinagorom and Franco Jara. South Galway also took bronze in this event. The GCH U18 team won bronze. the squad comprised of Andrew Egan, Jonathan McGrath, Richard Kamsen, Shaun Gilligan, and Niall Breathnach.

Galway City Harriers Mens team, National Track and Field League bronze medallists – L to R Thomas McStay, Aaron Brennan, Brendan Staunton, Henrique Nkolovata,   
Rob Meagher, Jonah Erugo, Jack Maher, Eanna Folan, James Frizzell, Darren Costello, John Moroney, Andrew O Donnghaile, Keith Fallon, Sean Breathnach, manager Cliff Jennings and Michael Breathnach

International athletics

Laura Nally of GCH had a dream international debut at the European U 20 Championships held in Boras, Sweden last week. Nally featured on the fastest U20 women’s 4x400m team in Irish history as they qualified from their heat and eventually made it to fifth place in Sunday’s final.

In the heats the four strong quartet of Simone Lalor, Miriam Daly, Nally and Rachel McCann smashed the Irish U20 record with a fast 3:41.28, and the squad later broke that record again by four seconds in the final, with Davicia Patterson coming into the squad.

Kyle Moorhead of Presentation College Athenry competed with distinction on the Irish team in the 1500m Steeplechase at the Schools International Track and Field held last Saturday in Swansea, Wales as he placed sixth overall, in a match versus the best of Irish, English, Welsh and Scottish Schools

Robert McDonnell of Galway City Harriers will compete on the Irish team for the 400m and 4x400m relay for the European Youth Olympics to be held in Baku Azerbaijan, from the 20th to 28th July

National Track and Field League Final

Galway County Ladies and Men’s teams, and GCH men’s teams all competed in the finals of the National Track and Field League, held last Saturday in Tullamore and came West with two National medals after a high-quality competition.

Galway Ladies, under the stewardship of Sarah Finnegan, won team silver in the Premier Division, for the second year in a row, just losing out by four points to Dundrum South Dublin AC.

Galway had victories from Veronica Burke in the Race Walk, Emma O’Hara in the Hammer , and the 4x400m relay squad, and some other top performances from the talented squad of Regina Casey, Nicole Walsh, Mary Barrett in the field, Sarah and Rachel Finnegan, Laura Cunningham, Freya Bohan, Sinead Treacy, Arlene Earls, Aisling Joyce, Lydia Doyle, Sinead Gaffney and Kathryn Casserly.

Galway City Harriers Men’s team, under the guidance of Cliff Jennings, won bronze medals with third place in the Premier Division, continuing their consistently high performances in this competition. The club’s star performers were Cillian Greene over 400m and Sean Breathnach taking victories. The GCH squad all contributed valuable scoring points from the likes of Eoghan Jennings, Henrique Nkolovata, Michael Breathnach and Brendan Staunton in the field, Jack Maher, Andrew O Donnghaile and John Moroney in the middle distances, Seamus Leddy on the Walks and sprinters Rob Meagher, Jonah Erugo and Darren Costello.

Galway County Men’s team led by Sean McDermott and Michael Tobin, placed a fine fifth overall in Division One with Brendan Lynch putting in some amazing performances, including a 1.90m High Jump and 55 second 400m hurdles. Lynch, along with Justin Lane, Tommy Farragher, Luke Evans, Gavin Cooney, Jack Miskella, Ryan Gallagher, William Fitzgerald and Samuel Erugo combined well to place fifth team.


National Senior Track and Field Championships

The highlight of the domestic track season, the National Senior Track and Field championships will take place next weekend, 27th and 28th July in the Morton Stadium in Santry, Dublin. Galway will be well represented, with the likes of Sean Breathnach, Cillin Greene, John Moroney and Nicole Walsh all likely to feature in their respective disciplines.

Streets of Galway 8k

Saturday August 10th next, at 7pm, sees the 34th edition of the famous Streets of Galway 8k Road race, this year sponsored by Galway Clinic. The race routes from the start line at Fr Griffin Road through the city, and onto Salthill and the Claddagh into the finish at South Park. The Streets is one of the most prestigious and high profile in the Irish running calendar. This year a record field of 3,400 will race the event with some of Ireland’s top athlete, club runners, many visitors, along with thousands of locals will take on the 8km challenge, Limited registration is still available on or on race organizers Galway City Harriers’ website.