While Gary Thornton is blazing a trail around the track at the moment, Sean Breathnach is making his mark in the field. Sean had a new PB in the Shot, competing in Cardiff at the British League last weekend. His new PB is 16.67m bettering his old mark of 16.63m set 11 year ago in 1999. Sean also had a 16.16m at the Leinsters on Sunday. He is preparing for the European Team championships in Budapest at the end of June.
News for senior members and athletes
[acidfree:3282 size=100 align=right title=""]After the conclusion of the highly successful 5km series we will hopefully see athletes returning to the mid-week sessions at the track. The Wednesday session will continue to cater for anyone wishing to develop their speed and endurance. For anyone who has not been before and is thinking about giving it a go, the session starts at 5.45 pm so aim to have your warm-up jog completed for then.
[acidfree:3874 size=150 align=right title=""] The National Track & Field League kicks off this weekend, 13th June, at Tullamore and the club is entering a men’s team the year for the first time in sometime. There are two fixtures, each involving a full track and field program (2nd fixture 18th July), from which the teams scoring the highest points total qualify for a final in August. In theory we should be able to field a very competitive team but it will depend on getting our athletes out.
[acidfree:3870 size=150 align=right title=""]Monivea 5K Run and Walk on Sunday 13th June at 12:00pm.
Registration in the Community Centre (Fr. Sammon Centre), Monivea on the day from 10:30 am. €15 entry
The Athletics Association of Ireland has issued a permit for the race and the Course has been measured and certified to AAI standards.
Colm O'Maille competed in the Cork Marathon at the weekend and as far as I know was GCH's only runner on the day. Colm recorded 4.01 in wet and windy conditions where he reported that "mile 11 out by lake was horrible". The race was won by Sergiu Ciobanu in 2:35:54 and Lucy Brennan in 2:54:41, taking her third Cork marathon title. Athenry's Paul McNamara and Jane-Ann Healy were 2nd and 4th respectively. Full results are here: http://www.corkcitymarathon.ie/
[acidfree:3867 size=150 align=right title=""]Sean Breathnach has been selected on the Irish team for the upcoming European Team Championships. He is selected for both the Shot Putt and the Discus, following a very strong start to the year in both events. Congrats & go neiri leat from all at G.C.H.!
After helping out in Dangan last Tuesday, Gary Thornton flew off to Marseille, France, for the Europa Cup 10,000m. Selected alongside Mark Keneally of Clonliffe on the Irish team, Gary was hoping for another big performance after setting PBs at both 10,000m and 5,000m, in the U.S. and the U.K., in the last couple of weeks. On the night, it wasn't to be, as he finished 13th in 30:22.27. Teammate Keneally was also somewhat off his very best with 29:36.48, on a night when Mo Farah became the 3rd fastest British runner ever over the distance. Full results are here:
The 2010 installment of the Galway T&F Series kicks off on Thursday June 17th in Dangan, Galway. This is a series of three evenings of low-key T&F competition with a short programme of events each evening.
The 1st annual Milltown 10k "Run for Ollie" will take place on Saturday 19th June at 3:00pm. Friends of Ollie in Association with Milltown GAA are hosting the race, which is officially measured and AAI permitted. Further details in the attached flyer.