[acidfree:3290 title=" " rotate=right size=200 align=right]Andy Talbot was out and about at the Clarinbridge 10k capturing some of the action. Check out his photos at: http://www.galwaycityharriers.com/albums/clarinbridge-10k-2009
News for senior members and athletes
In Kilbeggan at the National Inter-Counties Cross Country on Sunday, GCH's Gary Thornton finished a highly credible 7th overall in a very competitive race, as Ireland's top athletes are vying for selection for the Europeans in December. The Galway Senior Men won out Grade B, where the scorers were Gary Thornton, Paul McNamara (AThenry), Gerry Ryan (GCH), Martin Corcoran (Craughwell), Robert Staunton(GCH) and Peter O'Sullivan (Craughwell).
The results of the inaugural Clarinbridge 10k in aid of the IHPCT Lourdes Fund 2010 are attached. The IHPCT travel to Lourdes every year with children with special needs and over 2900 Euro was raised by this morning's event. Congratulations and thanks to the local organisers for putting on a very enjoyable 10k race. Mike Dillon, Bosco Forde and their large team of volunteers, with assistance from GCH's own Bernie Kelly, ensured a very smooth event that was thoroughly enjoyed by all the participants.
[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.