4th October 2014
Elverys Sports: title sponsor of the Galway Bay Half Marathon and 10K
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2014 Entry Open

The 2014 Elverys Sports Galway Bay Half Marathon & 10K will take place on October 4th.

Entry is open now HERE

Elverys Sports Title Sponsors for 2014 - BOOM!

Elverys Sports Title Sponsors for 2014 - BOOM!

Yes, that's right, Elverys Sports will be adding their usual professional spark to the event again this year. As well as providing great Technical Tee-shirts for all finishers, Elverys Sports always put on a top class Expo at registration with guest speakers, free advice and samples. One of the highlights of the day, for many, is the pre-race warm up with the Elverys Power Team.

Time to get serious about training...

Time to get serious about training...

Check out our 10K and Half Marathon Training plans and connect with us on Facebook to get regular training tips from the Elverys Sports Power Team. Keep an eye out for our Facebook product competitions.

Mother Nature Won't Stop Us!

Mother Nature Won't Stop Us!

Despite the destruction to the coastline during the storms in January, the Salthill Prominade is looking as magnificent as ever. We want to send a huge 'Thank you' to Galway City Council and the businesses in Salthill for restoring the area so quickly. The route may change very slightly but we think you'll like what we're proposing - full route plan coming soon...

Another amazing day in Galway

marathon photos.comThe atmosphere was incredible throughout the event this year with the Elverys Sports Power Team's energetic warm up and cool down sessions ensuring that all participants minimised their aches and pains by stretching properly before and after their run. Loman Caulfield from Elverys Sports commented 'We are delighted to be associated with events like the Galway Bay Half Marathon and 10K where runners and walkers of all levels of fitness participate together and achieve their own personal goals. It's also a great event for our own team - over 120 of our staff ran on Saturday.'

Clonliffe Harriers Steal the Show at Elverys Sports Galway Bay Half
Marathon & 10K

Thousands of runners lined up along the famous Claddagh quay on the edge of Galway City for the start of the Elverys Sports Galway Bay Half Marathon and 10K in glorious sunshine last Saturday. For the second year in a row Sergio Ciobanu claimed the Men's Half Marathon title in 1:07:11 representing his club Clonliff Harriers and former olympian Pauline Curley from Tullamore Harriers winning the Women's Half Marathon also for the second time in 1:20:03.

The 10K winners were Gary O'Hanlon from Clonliff Harriers in 33:31 and Sarah Mulligan from DSD in 35:05. Shortly after winning the 10K Gary lined up to take on the half marathon also where he finished 4th.

The event offered a generous team prize which was scoped by Clonliffe Harriers for the men who came in first, second, third and fourth place represented by Sergiu Ciobanu, Brian MacMahon, Declan Power and Gary O'Haloran. A local win by Athenry AC women's team was celebrated lead by Jane-Ann Healy with Sinead Foran, Ruthann Sheahan and Siobhan Guinan close behind.

The flat course is favoured by elite runners aiming for a fast finish time but equally loved by novice runners who want to enjoy some of the most superb scenery that the West of Ireland has to offer. This year the weather was perfect - no wind and bright blue cloudless skies offering visitors to Galway a clear view of the Clare mountains across Galway Bay.
Sharon Fitzpatrick from Cancer Care West commented, 'This is one of the key fundraising events of the year for Cancer Care West and we were delighted with the support we got from our regular funraisers and there were lots of new faces this year, many of whom had personal reasons for running for Cancer Care West. Every cent is appreciated!'


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A Word from our Sponsor

marathon photos.comTo each and everyone that took part in this year's Elverys Sports Galway Bay Half Marathon and 10KM a Massive Well Done!

All the hard work and training has paid off, so make sure to keep up the good work and start your planning for 2014's event.

Don't forget to redeem your 20% OFF Elverys Sports Coupon. It is valid until 27th October, so drop in to any Elverys Sports store.

Lost And Found

If you lost a key during the event we may have found it.
Email info@galwaybayhalfmarathon.com for details.

2013 Race

2013 Race

2013 Updated Race Results

CLICK HERE to download the updated 2013 10K results (pdf, 250kb)

CLICK HERE to download the updated 2013 Half Marathon results (pdf, 195kb)

CLICK HERE to download the 2013 Marathon Club results (pdf, 42kb)

Prizes Announced

Prizes AnnouncedThe Elverys Sports Galway Bay Half Marathon and 10K have announced the overall prize fund for this year's events.

Prize structure as follows
Team prize: €1,000 for 1st male team in the Half Marathon and €1,000 for 1st female team in the Half Marathon. Teams must be made up of members of same AAI club. See website for details.

Individual for both Half Marathon and 10K: €500 1st, €125 2nd, €75 3rd - for male and female plus trophies.

A message from Cancer Care WestA Message from
Cancer Care West

Cancer Care West is delighted to continue our association with the Galway Bay Half Marathon and 10K.  During the past 4 years, over €175,000 has been raised for our charity through Galway Bay Half Marathon and 10K entry fees, sponsorship and donations.  €5 from each half marathon and 10K entry fee is donated to Cancer Care West and we use these funds to help meet the costs of our residential and cancer support services, which we provide free of charge to cancer patients and their families from the West of Ireland.  Find out more about our services: www.cancercarewest.ie


Many runners and walkers decide to do more for Cancer Care West by raising funds through sponsorship as part of their half marathon or 10K participation.  We supply a fundraising pack and online fundraising support to anyone who registers with us, and there is no minimum sponsorship requirement. Simply email info@cancercarewest.ie or phone 091 545000 for further information and to get started.


We welcome donations of all sizes - would you consider celebrating your Galway Bay race participation with a donation to Cancer Care West - donations can be made online at www.cancercarewest.ie or by phoning us at 091 545000.

The demand for Cancer Care West's services is always increasing, therefore all fundraising support and donations are very much appreciated.  Help us to raise our Galway Bay Half Marathon & 10K fundraising target of €50,000, so that we can continue to support cancer patients and their families throughout the West of Ireland. Thank You!

Contact Cancer Care West for further information:
091 545000

Tips and Advice from Elverys Sports

Tips and Advice from Elverys Sports

Less than 4 weeks to go until the 2013 Elverys Sports Galway Bay Half Marathon and 10km! Fret not…The Power Team will be there to help you on the day!

This year Elverys Power Team will be hitting the event again in the black Power Team Truck and will be present the night before at registration in our Galway Retail Park store. We’ll be bringing our expertise, advice and “banter”! The Power Team is a team of highly educated and inspirational athletes, from around the country who are qualified through Coaching Ireland and working for Elverys Sports in and out of store; visiting, schools, companies and events nationwide.

Warm Up and Cool Down on Race Day

As we did last year on race day of The Elverys Sports Galway Bay Half Marathon & 10k, the Power Team will be conducting the Warm Up on stage beside the start line for all of you 10km runners and Half Marathoners, focusing on elevating your heart rate and warming up the muscles, joints, central nervous system and most importantly, preparing your brain for your race ahead! We’ll also be doing an easy cool down stretching session after both races, to ensure optimal recovery post race!

The Power Team will be based from the Power Team Truck all weekend, giving expert advice on all of the things we stand for:
Positivity, Optimum hydration, Wholesome diet, Exercise & Recovery – see what we did there?!

Gait analysis and offers!

As well as this, we’ll be distributing discount vouchers redeemable in Elverys Sports from our truck, we’ll advise you on Elverys product, clothing, injury prevention and the all important footwear that is essential for exercise and running. As we mentioned last week, Elverys Sports provide a fantastic Gait Analysis service in over 28 of our stores nationwide that have a “Total Running” section. Depending on your foot type, our in store Total Running Experts will advise you on the best possible shoes, product and or/”prehab”/rehab equipment to support your running style and needs, and to protect your body from injury. We recommend getting analysed in one of our stores before race day, and if you hurry, we have a fantastic Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price offer on at the moment in all Elverys Sports stores, which runs until close of business on Sunday 8th September! The cheaper pair of shoes is half price, so bring your son/daughter/partner/friend, get analysed, and stock up on runners!

The night before

If you have no time to get into store to get analysed, don’t worry, Gait Analysis will be available from the Elverys Power Truck at the Galway Bay event and the night before when you have to register in Elverys Sports, Galway Retail Park. In addition, Elverys Sports and Elverys Power Team are planning a fantastic event that will take place that night as you guys are registering and collecting your packs in our store, including interactive pod stations, top advice, free food and lots more!

One last piece of advice – be careful not to go too crazy on the training in these last few weeks leading up to race day. Don’t “run away” with yourselves as this could be a shock to your body and result in unwanted niggles and injuries! Keep your training steady and stick to your training plans. Read up on and follow some great training, diet, warm up and cool down tips on the Elverys Sports Blog www.elverysblog.com and follow us on Twitter @ElverysPowerTm and @Elverys.

So if you still haven’t made up your mind on whether to run the The Elverys Sports Galway Bay Half Marathon/10km event, we say do it. Challenge yourself, push yourself and break boundaries.

Elverys info: Blog: www.elverysblog.com
Elverys Website: www.elverys.ie
Elverys Twitter: @ElverysPowerTm and @Elverys
Galway Bay Race info: www.galwaybayhalfmarathon.com

Training Plans

With just four weeks to go you may want to check in with our training plans to see how your progress compares.

Half Marathon Training Plan

10K Final Buildup Training Plan

Road Closure

Road ClosureThe Elverys Sports Galway Bay Half Marathon and 10K organisers would like to thank Galway City Council once again for tremendous support. As experienced event managers in their own right, their advice has been crutial as we plan for another exciting event in Galway City. Having a road closure makes a huge difference to the event and while it adds considerably to the overall management, It made the run much more enjoyable and safe for participants and that is the most important thing. So, subject to approval from City Hall we'll be enjoying traffic free roads again on September 28th

NOTE: The road closure will not affect access to any homes or business premises along the route as it is only the westbound road which will be closed to traffic. A detailed Traffic Management Plan has been submitted to Galway City Council and minimum disruption is expected. The organisers would like to thank the Gardaí for their assistance in the planning of the event.

Scenes from the Galway Bay 10

About the event

What is the Galway Bay Half Marathon?
This event includes a half marathon (13.1 miles) and the Galway Bay 10 km run/walk.

How do I enter?
The online entry fee is €45 for the half marathon and €35 for the Galway Bay 10km. You can enter HERE.

When is the event taking place?
The event takes place on Saturday 4th October 2014 at the following times:-

9:45 am on Saturday 4th October for the 10Km Galway Bay 10 walk/run
11:00 am on Saturday 4th October for the Half Marathon (13.1 miles)

When is the closing date for registering?
This event is expected to sell out sometime before September 29th. If it does not sell out, the closing date for registering will be Thursday 2nd October. Please note you cannot register for either event after this date.

Number Pick Up?
Race Number pick up will be held in Elverys Sports, Headford Road Retail Park, Galway on Friday 3rd October (11am to 9pm) and Saturday 4th October (7.30am - 9.00am.)

Click here to download a Map giving directions from Expo to race start line.

Where can I stay?
We recommend the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill.

Can I transfer between events?
You can transfer up to 15th September 2014. After this date it is too late.

What does my entry fee to the Half Marathon and Galway Bay 10 include?
The €45 entry fee includes:

- Race entry
- Technical T-shirt
- Finishers Medal
- Timing Chip
- Fruit and light refreshments after the event
- Water, first aid stations and toilets every three miles

What is the route?
Route details are available on the route page of our website.

10K is one lap and Half Marathon is two laps.

Where is the Race Start and Finish Line?
The start and finish line is located in Nimmo's Pier in The Claddagh, at the edge of Galway City towards Salthill. See route map.

What facilities are available at the start and finish line?
Storage area for belongings for registered participants (at owners risk)
Water stations
First Aid Centre

No changing rooms are available

Is there parking at the start and finish line?
There is street parking available in the area in public spaces on the roadway. There is car parking available in Jury's Inn, Hynes Car Park and Eyre Square Shopping centre on Merchant's Road. There will be parking restrictions in place at the race start and finish line.

How is the race sign posted?
There is a mile marker at each mile and the race is measured and accredited by the Athletics Association of Ireland. The route will be clearly signposted and the route details are available on our route map.

Is the race being timed?
Yes the Galway Bay Half Marathon & 10K will be chip timed and results will be available online after the event and top places will be announced on race day.

Are there prizes?
The Elverys Galway Bay Half Marathon and 10K have announced the overall prize fund for this year's events.

Prize structure as follows
Team prize for Half Marathon: €1,000 1st male team and €1,000 1st female team. Trophies for 2nd & 3rd teams. Team result will be decided by the sum of the top 4 from gender-ranked places (not times). Team must be made up of members of same AAI club. See website for details.

Half Marathon & 10K Individual: €500 1st, €125 2nd, €75 3rd - for male and female plus trophies.

Are there Water stations/First Aid?
Yes there are Water stations every 3 miles and First Aid facilities at the start/ finish line.

Will the roads be closed to traffic?
Yes the roads will be closed.

How can I contact the race organizers?
Please contact info@galwaybayhalfmarathon.com



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