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Galbally Runners Club Notes 01 Aug 2020

Oliver Murphy Storms Iron Man

Oliver Murphy conquered the famous long distance triathlon on Saturday at Celtic Warrior in Mullingar.

Galbally Runners are graced to have another Ironman within their ranks, as Oliver Murphy

conquered the famous long distance triathlon on Saturday at Celtic Warrior in Mullingar. The

Ironman mantra of ‘Anything is Possible’ was epitomised by Oliver’s endeavours when he conquered a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile marathon run in succession. To excel in any one discipline takes hard work, but to become so accomplished in all three disciplines takes incredible dedication and commitment. Oliver has done himself, his family and Galbally Runners proud, overcoming many challenges including only learning to swim in the past few years. A relentless block of training has been undertaken by Oliver over recent months which has been an inspiration to all his fellow runners. Oliver doesn’t have much time to recover though as he prepares to take on a 200+ mile one day cycle next weekend with other local Galbally cyclists, from Galbally, Co. Tyrone, to Galbally in Co. Limerick, Galbally Runners send Oliver and all other hardy cyclists our best wishes on another phenomenal challenge.

Dungannon Parkrun

Galbally Runners at Dungannon Parkrun

A number of Galbally Runners headed over to Dungannon Parkrun on Saturday morning (also known as Parkrun Day) to take on the challenging course. Some of the Galbally Runners take on this as part of their training programme as well as giving them an event to test their progress. It turned out a successful morning for the runners with Fergal O’Donnell taking first place with a time of 17:59 and course personal best, Brendan Woods taking second with a time of 19:35 and course personal best and Denise McCann taking first lady with a time of 20:27 and course personal best. Great performances from Emer Hand 27:01 and course personal best, Niall McGinty 24:01, Pauline McKeever 29:06 and course personal best, Patsy Rafferty 30:37 and Dominic Rafferty 39:45. A super well done to those who headed out to the event and pushed themselves at these events.

Mary’s Meals

Some of our runners ran into Dungannon from Galbally to support the Mary’s Meals charity last Wednesday evening. The annual event, organised by John McKenna from Donaghmore, seen the Galbally Runners meet the Fianna Runners as well as Galbally Walkers in the square to raise money for this great charity. Some of our runners used this as part of their marathon training long run and got over the 13 mile mark. Well done to them. Raising money for charity and getting some great time of getting some time of the feet at the same time is amazing. The Mary’s Meals charity raises money for children in Africa ensure they get food when they attend school. £15.90 feeds a child for a full year. For more information on Mary’s Meals check out their website here :

Training and Events

Club Training continues this Tuesday and Thursday evening at Galbally Community Centre at 7PM with Tuesday nights session being on the track Thursday the option of Track and road. We encourage all new to running to come along. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s good for you. Sunday morning training will commence at 8am and will be distances to suit everyone.

If you would like to join us please send a us a message to, email or check us

out at We welcome all runners to join our club.

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