Athletics is a fun way to stay in shape, meet new people and show your competitive side. Whether you are a beginner or elite, our club welcomes and caters for all! The vast range of events open for athletes to try include cross-country, mountain running, distance running, sprinting, jumps, and throws. As a club, we have grown over the years to encompass both High Performance and Recreational Running. Our club is made up of athletes of all levels, from Dangan trail runners to Olympians.
The club has a history of success in both sprinting and distance disciplines. Matt Lockett is the passionate coach and mentor to the distance runners and is highly commended for his commitment. Brendan Glynn works tirelessly with the sprinters. Owen Scully has recently joined our coaching team and guides new athletes in our development team towards achieving their potential.
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University of Galway Athletics club has a tremendous background in track and field and cross country competitions. It has been home to world-class international athletes such as Paul Hession and Olive Loughnane. Recent representatives at elite international level include Sarah Quinn and Robert McDonnell. Everyone who joins the club is part of the team and has a special role, regardless of whether or not they partake in competition. The club competes in all intervarsity events and there are no individuals in these competitions as points are scored by all and everybody cheers everybody else on. The driving force behind the club is the committee, which is elected at the AGM. The Events page holds the AGM dates, details and committee members. New members are the lifeblood of any committee and are encouraged to join each year.
University of Galway Distance Team Achievements
Outdoor Track and Field Championships 21-04-2023 DSD, Dublin
Fiona Everard emulated her cross country dominance with another gold medal-winning performance, this time over 5000m.
Kyle Moorhead earned an impressive silver medal in a fast 800m final, while Sean Cotter was a decisive bronze medallist in the 5000m.
Aaron Brennan narrowly missed out on a medal in the 1500m, finishing 4th in the final.
NUIG AC 3rd overall
In the most successful season in the clubs history NUIG AC rounded up the outdoor intervarsities finishing 3rd overall the highest standing the club has reached in its history for the first time ever.
Aoife Oâ€™Brien had a Gold medal performance in the steeplechase with a NUIG record of 11:46.41
Sarah Quinn found silver in the 100m sprint with a NUIG record of 12.10
Damien Landers earned silver in the 10000m with an NUIG record of 30:47.65 and the 5000m still to come.
The womanâ€™s 4 x 400 of Ciara Barry, Ellie Oâ€™Toole, Sarah Lanigan and Nicole Walsh raced to silver medals.
The womanâ€™s 4 x 100 of Nicole Walsh, Sarah Quinn, Ciara Barry, and Ashling Forkan raced to silver medals in a thrilling race tainted with drama.
Fergus Cox produced a stunning performance in the Menâ€™s javelin to see him take a Bronze medal and also an NUIG record 56.28
Damien Landers followed up an earlier silver medal with a bronze in the 5000m with an NUIG record of 14:51.22
Finley Daly crossed the line after the 3000 steeplechase with a hard fought bronze medal in a time of 9:48.67
Nicole Walsh was 3rd in the 400m with NUIG record of 56.98.
The Menâ€™s 4x100 of Shane Mooney, Jonah Erugo, Owen Scully and Robert Meagher ran 43.40 to claim bronze and a new NUIG record.
To Finish off the weekend the Mens 4x400 stepped up to take Bronze Aengus Meldon, Jonah Erugo, Owen Scully and Robert Meagher
Other NUIG records went to:
Eoghan Rodgers in the Weight for Distance with a throw of 7.36
Bridget Mc Dyer in Shot Putt with a putt of 10.14
Jonah Erugo in the 200m with a time of 22.31
NUIGs Women were 3rd overall NUIGs Men were 5th overall
Individually we had Podium performances from:
Damien landers was silver in the 3000m setting a new NUIG record of 8.23.41.
Shane Parle was silver in the high jump setting a new NUIG record of 1.90
Nicole King, Ciara Barry, Sarah Quinn and Sinead Treacy were gold in the womenâ€™s 4x200m relay setting a new NUIG record of 102.7
Bridget Mc Dyer won bronze in the Ladies Weight For Distance setting a new NUIG record of 6.60m
Other point scoring performances included:
Ciara Barry 6th in the 200m
Aengus Meldon was 5th in the 800m setting a new NUIG record of 1.57.72
Nicole King was 4th in the 200m setting a new NUIG record of 25.51
Sarah Quinn was 6th in the 60m hurdles setting a new NUIG record of 8.97
Cormac Lynch, Robert Meagher, Owen Scully and Jonah Erugo were 4th in the men 4x200m relay setting a new NUIG record of 92.12
Bridget McDyer 6th in the Shot Putt
Aisling Keady 5th in the long jump
James Frizzell 6th in the 1500m.
Other performances on the day included: Aisling Joyce, Matthew McKernan, Jonah Erugo, Mark Carmody, Robert Meagher, Owen Scully, William Flynn, Cormac Lynch and Talon Thompson
NUIGs Men 3rd overall NUIGs Women 4th overall
An individual medal on the day for NUIG won by Damian Landers who came 2nd in a trilling men's race. A unique and special medal to the club as the intervarsity cross country competition was hosted in Galway by NUIG AC.
Track Slots for UGAC are as follows:
Monday 18:30-20:00 (Development and High Performance)
Wednesday 17:00-19:00 (High Performance)
Thursday 18:30-20:00 (Development and High Performance)
Sunday 18:00-20:00 (High Performance)
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