Galway Athletics Report

Sean Breathnach.

Sean Breathnach.

European Cross Country Championships

GCH coach Matt Lockett will manage the Irish Junior and U23 men's teams and the junior women’s squad at the European Cross Country championships to be held in Tilburg, Netherlands, this weekend. Lockett is now endurance coordinator with Athletics Ireland and heads up three teams with great potential.

The U23 men's team which includes Brian Fay, Ryan Forsyth, Cathal Doyle, and Paul O Donnell is certainly in with a medal chance, while the U20 junior women’s team have the likes of Sarah Healy, European champion, in their ranks, and she will be tipped to medal.

GCH awards

Galway City Harriers held their annual awards at the Menlo Park Hotel last Sunday.

At juvenile level, all GCH national medal winners were honoured, as were those who were capped for Ireland in 2018, namely Chloe Casey, Emma Moore, Seren O Toole, Robert McDonnell, Thomas McStay, and Eanna Folan, and the GCH team that competed at the European Clubs Cross Country in February also received an award.

At adult level, the following athletes received awards in recognition of their achievements at national and international level; junior ladies - Aoife Sheehy; junior men - Jack Dempsey; senior ladies - Nicole Walsh; senior men - Sean Breathnach; masters' ladies - Majella Loftus; masters' men - Brendan Staunton; teams of the year - men - GCH track and field outdoor league team; ladies - GCH ladies' road teams at 10k and marathon joint winners, and Hall of Fame - Martin McEvilly.

Fixtures

Major upcoming fixtures include the National Novice Cross Country which will be held in Navan Racecourse on Saturday December 15. On the road, the Fields of Athenry 10k takes place on St Stephen’s Day in Athenry at 11am. The Resolution Run 5k Galway is the first race of 2019 on New Year's Day in Galway city at 11am. Entry is now open for both events.

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