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.
News for senior members and athletes
[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)
[acidfree:3741 title=" " rotate=right size=85 align=right]Congratulations to GCH's Tony McNicholas who ran a PB in the Paris marathon last Sunday, in what looked like very warm conditions. Trimming a massive 16 minutes off his Dublin 2009 marathon time, Tony came home in 3 hours and 8 minutes for a very strong run. His splits are attached below as evidence of a job well done.