The second national league track and field fixture takes place on Sunday in Athlone. With a strong team, Team Manager Matt Lockett says that G.C.H. should be able to build on a winning start and qualify for a spot in the final in August. Most of the interested athletes have been in touch with Matt but if anyone else is interested please get in touch at Mattdlockett@gmail.com. The timetable is available through the AAI website here: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/content/?p=13823.
News for senior members and athletes
[acidfree:4742 align=left size=200 title=""]Matthew Bidwell won the Headford 8k Road Race yesterday evening in a time of 26:08. Matt is pictured with Bernie Kelly and Gerry Carty, both of whom also picked up prizes. Gerry was 1st Male Vet, coming in 6th overall, while Bernie was 3rd Female Vet. Also, Orla NiMuircheartaigh was 3rd Senior Woman. A large entry of runners thoroughly enjoyed the race and the tea afterwards, despite getting very very wet! Headford is a wonderful
[acidfree:4740 align=right size=250 title=""] Pictured at the launch of the Radisson Blu Galway City Marathon on Tuesday last were some past and present GCH members. Our photo shows l-r: Pat O'Connell (GCH), Ian Egan (GCH), Gary Thornton (GCH), Hilary Walker (International Association of Ultra Runners, IAU), Norman Wilson (IAU), Martin McEvilly (GCH) and Eamon Hornibrook (GCH). Pat was the winner of the first Galway Marathon held in 1981. The World 50km Final,
Sean Breathnach and Gary Thornton, two of GCH's star athletes, both had big wins in Santry at the National Championships earlier today. In the field, Sean won the Shot Putt with a massive 16.31m. While on the track, Gary won the 10,000m in 29:18. This year's National Championships are a bit earlier than usual due to the European Championships, with the majority of Ireland's top athletes competing - helped by the AAI's directive that all athletes hoping for selection need to compete at the Nationals. Sean also finished the day with a silver medal in the 56lbs for Height.
Athenry AC presents another edition of the Magic Mile on Tuesday, 13th July at Dangan track.
The Magic Mile Meet is a graded mile meet, which means you run against people of similar ability. There'll be 4-6 different races (depending on numbers) and people will be allocated a grade based on a past race.
Registration on the night from 6:45 pm.
First race at 7:30pm [Grade F], Last race 8:30pm, [Grade A].
Entries and enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
or Alan on 087 2452130 after 9pm.
[acidfree:4719 title=" " rotate=right size=150 align=right]An occasional series - the personal musings of a novice runner.
I know many in the club use Garmin watches (particularly the forerunner series) as their constant running partners, but having experienced operational issues myself (mainly a display not functioning correctly) with my own early-model Garmin Forerunner405, you may be interested to note that there is a wealth of good online information available for watch support and to help diagnose problems if they do arise.
Just a quick reminder of the final evening of the Galway T&F series which takes place this evening, July 1st. There have been good numbers on track and in field over the last two Thursday evenings, and hopefully the 5000m will bring out big numbers tonight.
Thurs July 1st @ 8pm
Track: 5000m Men, 3000m or 5000m Women (depending on numbers and preference of athletes), 400m, 4x100m
[acidfree:4709 align=right size=200 title=""]At today's Galway Simon Women's Mini-Marathon, Phyllis Browne, Adrienne Walsh and Mary Doyle had a clean sweep in the Vets claiming 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.