News for senior members and athletes
[acidfree:3246 title=" " rotate=right size=120 align=right]GCH paparazzi have been out in force again recently. See who you can recognise in the following two newly created online albums:
Full results of the three races are now attached, courtesy of the Hollymount organisers...
Breaking news from today's races at Hollymount - The men's 10k was won by Gary Thornton, breaking 30 mins with 29.59, second was Gerry Ryan in 30.54. The late night dancing at the GCH club night out didn't effect the performances of Ian Egan, John O'Brien or Danny Carr, as they all ran well, recording 35.15, 35.50 and 38.08 respectively.
The official results of the National Marathon Championships (run in conjunction with the Dublin City Marathon) confirm that the sisters trio of Phylis Browne, Mary Doyle and Christine Kennedy have won the Women's Team Masters W2 Championship for GCH. This is a unique and fantastic achievement by the girls who recorded superb runs on the day to win the team event from West Waterford AC.
[acidfree:3225 title=" " rotate=right size=120 align=right]Marathon fever may be beginning to die down now and road-races are thin on the ground at this time of year as the cross-country seasons kicks into gear. However, for those of us who still like to get out on the tarmac, here's some information about an interesting new race on the local scene. This promises to be a good day out and will raise funds for a great cause at the same time. It's also a good opportunity to get some race practice in at the very manageable distance of 10K which should suit all-comers and is conveniently sandwiched between the Hollymount 10K on Sunday 8th November and the famous fields of Athenry event over the same distance on St. Stephen's Day. We hope to have a good club turnout on the day to support this worthwhile event - what better incentive to get out in the fresh air during the bleak month of November?
I hit the stop button on my watch and looked up, it was like the scene from the opening sequence of Michael Jacksons Thriller video. Grey faces, sunken in eyes and a shuffling gait. How did I get here?….
....DUBLIN MARATHON 2009...(cue Thriller music!)
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I think the hysteria started last year. There were some great performances in the Dublin City Marathon 2008 by GCH and indeed a lot of the other Galway clubs, with some inspirational times by a number of Galway girls. I had completed London Marathon almost 10 years ago in a time of 3:46 and had no desire to do another.
[acidfree:3206 title=" " align=right size=150]Most of the time I don't like writing about my own running experiences - it's much easier to comment on other people's running and racing after all. However, now that the dust has settled on the Dublin marathon, I'm prepared to make one great exception here. I half-committed that if all went reasonably well and I didn't blow-up spectactularly (or at all) on my second day out at the marathon distance in Dublin, I would share some of my thoughts, those being the thoughts of a mid-pack, but hopefully very enthusiastic (ahem!), marathon-runner.
I had the great, great pleasure of watching Dublin 2008 as a spectator road-side and with so many local and west of Ireland athletes out that day and running so well, this served as a great incentive to be part of the action out on the roads myself when October 2009 rolled around.
[acidfree:3208 title=" " rotate=right size=130 align=right]GCH's Andy Power travelled to Dublin last Monday to debut at the marathon distance. Here's his own personal account of the struggle and pain involved, but more importantly, much, much more importantly, the triumph and sense of achievement at getting over the marathon course and completing the distance successfully. Well done Andy and welcome to the marathon club!
Although I was hoping for the sub 4 hour marathon (final chip time 4:06:39), I can put my hand on my heart and say that after completing my first 26.2 mile race, I can appreciate the humbling magnitude of effort involved in even finishing it and feel honestly delighted with the effort I put in. Despite all the long runs and preparations, nobody could really describe to me how difficult it is to keep up a paced run for 26.2 miles.
[acidfree:3180 title=" " align=right size=125]Those of you who are around GCH for a number of years now, may have recognised Christine Kennedy's name in the list of local runners going to the line in next week's Dublin marathon. Christine was one of the leading female athletes in Galway, Ireland and our club throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, and as a former national marathon champion in Dublin, she has been invited back by the organisers to run again this year as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations.
Though US-based now, we're delighted to have her running again "for GCH", albeit for one day only. She will be joined on the starting line in Dublin this year by her two sisters, Mary Doyle and Phyllis Browne.
Well done to Gary Thornton who had a great run yesterday to finish 3rd in the Gerry Farnan Cross Country, behind Mark Christie and Mark Kenneally. Mary Cullen won the women's from Fionnuala Britton. The following video on YouTube shows some of the action in the men's race: