[acidfree:3182 title=" " rotate=right size=100 align=right]Dublin can be Heaven indeed, but there will be no time for "coffee at 11", never mind "a stroll in Stephen's Green" on Monday 26th October next, as marathon mania will arrive on the streets of Dublin for the 30th successive year. The 2009 Dublin city marathon (incorporating the national marathon championships) toes the start-line at 9:00am on October bank holiday Monday and Galway City Harriers would like to extend good wishes and good luck to the following 24 club members who will be taking part on the day:
News for senior members and athletes
[acidfree:3165 title=" " align=right size=200]The Renmore Residents Association hosted a very enjoyable and successful 5k back in September as part of their 40 years celebration. Here are some photos of the prizegiving on the night, courtesy of the Renmore Residents Association: http://www.galwaycityharriers.com/albums/renmore-residents-5k-2009
[acidfree:3158 title=" " align=right size=250]OK, I know, the race has to be run first, but linked here is some advance notice of the scheduled Setanta Sports TV coverage of the highlights of the 2009 Dublin city marathon, to be run on bank holiday Monday 26th October next.
It's a great, great pity that this event is no longer carried live by our national broadcaster, but that particular debate seems to have long since run it's course.
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The following is an unintentional race report from Niall Mc Loughlin who was one of a number of GCH Athletes who completed Berlin Marathon in September this year. It was written in response to an email question on how his time was in Berlin and with a little bit of gentle persuasion, he agreed to let me post his reply here and even supplied a picture! Great running Niall and a super victory shot.
"3:34 and 46 secs.
Was aiming for 3:30 and was spot on pace for first 22 miles, after that things went awol.
The Galway Juvenile & Senior Cross-Country were held in Tuam last Sunday and the results are attached. P.J. Coyle was on-hand to capture all the action and provided us with this report:
The first of the season's cross-country races was held in the Palace grounds on Sunday last 4th October in very benign conditions.
There was a reasonably good turn out for most of the races. For some of the juveniles this was their first ever competition.
[acidfree:3153 title=" " rotate=right size=125 align=right]Details have recently been posted to the Athenry AC web-site about the third installment of the magic mile event for 2009 on the track in Dangan, which is coming our way soon.
The two previous editions of this great event went down a real treat (see below) so be sure that you too get into the "miler club" again on Saturday week.
[acidfree:3137 title=" " size=150 align=left]Orla NiMhuircheartaigh was the women's winner of the recent Dingle half-marathon with a winning time of 1:34:24. John O'Brien was 3rd in the men's race in 1:21:00. Also representing GCH and posting close to a PB was Colm O'Maille. The course was challenging, with plenty of hills, twists and turns and by all accounts the scenery was beautiful as the race headed from Dingle town to Slea Head, finishing in Dunquin with views of the Blaskets along the way. Comhghairdeas Orla, John and Colm!
[acidfree:3130 title=" " rotate=right size=125 align=right] A year on from the 40th birthday celebrations in Loughrea AC, the 2009 running of their annual 5 mile road-race went off last Sunday in dry but quite breezy and blustery conditions. The weather did not however deter close on 400 athletes going to the start-line and the race itself was organised with the usual efficiency that we associate with Loughrea AC. To top it all off, recent world championship medalist and local girl Olive Loughnane was on hand to fire the starting hooter.
To the race itself, there was some very strong running at the front of the field in the men's race with GCH's Gary Thornton and Gerry Ryan having to settle for 3rd and 4th place on this occasion as the Clonliffe Harriers duo of Mark Kenneally and Sergiu Coibanu maintained a hot-pace throughout.
The Lucozade Sport Education Programme in association with GCH are running a series of workshops promoting sports participation and healthy living. Rosemary Ryan, international athlete as well winner of the 2009 Mini-Marathon & Streets of Galway, is delivering the workshops. The first was held last Tuesday night when over 40 GCH club members turned up for an excellent presentation on 'Nutrition for the Athlete' and Rosemary answered plenty of questions put to her afterwards. Next Tuesday's topic is 'Hydration for the Athlete'.