Galway teen excels at national athletic event

Conor Hoade of GCH won a super silver medal at the National Combined Events in Dublin on Saturday.

Competing in the U15 category, Conor achieved a great total of 3,019 points over five events.

He ran 12.45 seconds in the 80m hurdles, threw 10.35m in the shot putt, jumped 4.62m in the long jump, and 1.56m over the high jump. He then went on to clock 2.32 in the 800m to secure second overall.

Galway 5km Series

Shauna Bocquet of Craughwell AC was first across the line in the fifth race of the 2018 Galway 5km Series in Athenry.

On a fast and flat course, the wheelchair athlete clocked a very quick 15.15. before Kevin Mooney, also of Craughwell AC, then stormed home to victory, clocking 16.27. He came in ahead of Limerick’s Dave Richardson in 16.41 and young Craughwell star William Fitzgerald in third in 16.51.

In a clean sweep for the Galway Harriers, Regina Casey continued to impress, claiming her fourth win of the series in 17.27, with Aisling Joyce second in 18.05, and Barbara Dunne third in 18.08. GCH were to host the final leg and series finale in Kilcornan Estate, Clarenbridge, on Tuesday.

Galway Track and Field

Day one of the 2018 Galway Track and Field Senior/Masters Championships was held in perfect conditions at Dangan track, NUI Galway, on Thursday.

There were some impressive performances on the night, most notably by Katie O'Donoghue of Craughwell AC, who claimed an amazing four senior titles, the long jump in a PB of 4.92m, javelin, shot putt and the 100m hurdles.

Michael Breathnach of GCH also had a successful first day – winning the 110m hurdles, javelin, and long jump.

On the track, Conor Duggan of Craughwell looked impressive on his return to action, winning the Galway senior 100m in 11.20 . Conor Naylor of NUI Galway took the men’s 400m crown in 53.31. Ciara Barry of NUI Galway ran strongly to claim both the women's 100m and 400m titles. In the distance events, Brendan McDonnell of GCH and Sinead Gaffney of Craughwell took the 1500m titles, while Seamus Leddy of GCH and Fiona Doughan of Athenry AC claimed the 3000m walk golds. In the field, Brendan Staunton of GCH claimed gold in the shot putt.

The second day of the championships will be held in Dangan today.

Universities' match

Six NUI Galway athletes travelled to Scotland with the Irish Universities squad for last weekend’s Celtic Games match versus the hosts. The college had some super results with Sarah Quinn second in the 100m hurdles and third in the 200m, Sinead Treacy fourth in the 200m, Aengus Meldon second in the 800m, Bridget McDyer fourth in the shot putt, and Finley Daly and Talon Thompson, first and second in the 3000m steeplechase, respectively.

International meeting

Cillin Greene and Jack Dempsey, both of Galway City Harriers, competed in the prestigious Oordegem track meet in Belgium last weekend, Greene clocked 11.04 for 100m and 21.69 for 200m while Dempsey ran 11.18 over 100 and also ran on the Irish sprint relay team.


The refixed Kinvara series of races takes place this weekend, with the 10k, full and half marathon events on Saturday June 2.


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