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One For The Girls

  • Posted on: 3 November 2009
  • By: Jane C

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.

Dublin 2009 - A Strange Kind Of Glory

  • Posted on: 30 October 2009
  • By: seamusc

[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.

Dublin 2009 - Something Inside So Strong

  • Posted on: 28 October 2009
  • By: seamusc

[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.

Welcoming Back Christine Kennedy

  • Posted on: 21 October 2009
  • By: seamusc

[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.

Gary 3rd in Gerry Farnan XC

  • Posted on: 19 October 2009
  • By: mel

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:


Dublin Can Be Heaven

  • Posted on: 18 October 2009
  • By: seamusc

[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:

Renmore Photos

  • Posted on: 15 October 2009
  • By: mel

[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:

DCM 2009 on Setanta Sports

  • Posted on: 15 October 2009
  • By: seamusc

[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.


Ich bin ein Berliner

  • Posted on: 14 October 2009
  • By: Jane C

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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.

Galway Cross Country Results & Report

  • Posted on: 9 October 2009
  • By: mel

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.