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19 hardy GCH runners will brave the volcanic ash and descend on the Scots this coming weekend for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. The festival comprising of a Marathon, Half Marathon and the Hairy Haggis Marathon Relay, expect to have in and around 23,500 entrants this year. For some of our runners this will be their first attempt at the half and full marathon distances and for others its will mean completing the distance at a milestone age! We'll be back early next week to regale you all with our individual tales.
News for senior members and athletes
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[acidfree:3795 title=" " rotate=right size=120 align=right]And so the rain came to the 5K series. We probably deluded ourselves 3 weeks ago in Athenry by claiming that the evening had dried up before the racing commenced, and last week in Craughwell sure weren't we all home and hosed before it really came wet. Tonight was a different bag of cats altogether. It was (very) wet all evening around Galway, what could be described as a soft Irish summer's evening.
Sean Breathnach had a quadruple win at the AAI Games in Castleisland on Sunday. He won the Discus with a new Personal Best of 46.92m, the Javelin with 49.05m, the 56lb with 7.10m and the Shot Putt with 15.58m. At the end of a long days competition, he actually had a Shot Putt effort measured at 16.35, however he lost balance with this attempt, stepping out of the circle for a foul throw.
Seventeen year old Keith Fallon finished 3rd in the men's 800m with a time of 2:01.68s. This was Keith's first outing of the outdoor season and a great start to his season.
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Once more into the breach for the Galway 5K race-series, as this spectacular roadshow of racing descended on an overcast and then damp Craughwell last night. Again, much thanks is due to all in Craughwell AC for hosting another great race on the local athletics calendar.
Based on the provisional results-set, times for GCH participants have been extracted to the attached PDF document. Once again, any errors or ommissions can be highlighted to email@example.com and we will address same ASAP.
The summer road racing action started in earnest last weekend, and as well as the local 5k series, G.C.H. athletes travelled far and wide to race. Here is our round up of the GCH athletes in action:
John Devlin, 3:01.50
Damien Ridge, 3:00.06
Jean O'Connor, 3:30.07
Niamh Broderick, 46:57, 3rd woman
Kelly Kilbane, 59:18
Limerick Half Marathon:
Michele Villaruel, 1:42.33
Mary Doyle, 1:58.01
Michelle Moran, 46:32
Laura Molyan, 58:20
[acidfree:3795 title=" " rotate=right size=120 align=right]Updated with a cleaner set of GCH times for the series to date (see attachment). There are photographs from the Tuam 5K available on the Athenry AC web-site compliments of race-series coordinator Mick Rice - enjoy!
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Joey Hannon TRI-A-TRI Sun 2nd May 2010 ... As experienced by new "TRI-BIES" Breege McGath, Pauline Murray & Debbie Flynn
Report by Debbie, with help from Pauline & Breege...
This was for me, in particular, was going to be the biggest challenge as was still slowly building up my lengths (in 18M pool), briefly pausing to recover my breath after each one. So how was i going to cope with a 50M pool?
The Payton Jordan Invitational, hosted by Stanford Track & Field is one of the most elite meets in the U.S. athletics calendar. It is named to honour the famous Stanford coach Payton Jordon and many American distance records have been set there over the years, in what are usually perfect running conditions at Stanford in early May. Yesterday, Chris Solinsky became the first non-African runner to run under 27 minutes for the 10,000m in 26:59.6. He smashed the American record by 13 seconds.
The official National 10k results are finally available, and as well as Gary Thornton's outstanding run, G.C.H. has three other medalists. Nono McHugh continues her impressive return to athletics by winning Silver in the F60 category. Nono was an accomplished competitor on the high achieving G.C.H. womens teams of the 1980s and 1990s, and coached by Seamus O'Donnell to sub 40 minute 10k times. Mary Doyle, a winner in the Dublin marathon last Autumn, was on form again winning individual Bronze in the Phoenix Park in F55.
[acidfree:3795 title=" " rotate=right size=120 align=right]Updated with some final adjustments and additions. Of the 173 GCH athletes registered for the series, 131 ran in Athenry on Tuesday last.
The Galway 5K race-series got off to a flying (if somewhat damp) start for 2010 last night in Newcastle, Athenry.