[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!
News for senior members and athletes
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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.
A date for your diaries... The Predator Triathlon Club are organising their 2nd annual 8k race in Kilcornan on Sunday May 16th. This race is AAI certified, held over the trails and tarmac of Kilcornan and all proceeds go towards the up keep of the swimming pool and special needs facilities in Kilcornan. More details and race flyer are attached:
[acidfree:3752 title=" " size=120 align=right]The AAI Games & Track & Field Relay Championships for 2010 will be held on Sunday, 16th May this year, in Castleisland, Tralee, Co. Kerry. GCH intends to enter a number of teams this year to boost our presence at this level of competition in T&F.
A relay entry form, list of events for male/female athletes (senior/masters) together with a provisional timetable are available here for full details.
[acidfree:3748 size=200 align=right] Christine Kennedy ran a fantastic 2:57:19 in yesterday's Boston marathon to win first prize in her age division. Our photo is from the Marin Independent Journal in California, where Christine lives, which ran a feature on her in 2009 http://www.marinij.com/dipsea/ci_12555066. Christine ran 2:56:32 in her debut at Boston in 2009, which also won her first place in her division. In October Christine returned to Ireland to run in the Dublin marathon in the G.C.H. colours.
Gary Thornton had a fantastic run in the Great Ireland run in Phoenix Park. From the start he threw down a challenge to Mullingar's Martin Fagan who flew home from the U.S. for the race. Martin Fagan made his decisive break around 5k but Gary kept him in sight to come home in 29:36, behind Fagan's 29:16. Andrew Ledgwith overcame an early stitch to finish strongly for 3rd in 29:48. This year the first four finishers in the men's race were all Irish, with some of the internationals unable to travel, and all four finished under 30 mins.
Good luck to all in the Phoenix Park in the National 10k on Sunday:
Senior Men (4 to score)
ior Women (3 to score)
Orla Ni Mhuircheartaigh
Vet Men O/35 A Team (3 to score)
Vet Men O/35 B Team (3 to score)