News for senior members and athletes
All-Ireland Uneven Age Cross-Country Coleraine.
Unfortunately this event will be remembered not for the great performances of many athletes but for the total incompetence of the organising club & the officials in running the event. From the minute we entered the University of Ulster campus we were met by a sense of confusion & lack of planning. There was nobody directing traffic towards car parks, registration or changing rooms, however they were collecting the €10.
[acidfree:1634 title=" " align=right size=200]For those of you taking part in this year's Fields of Athenry 10K road-race on St. Stephen's day (26th December), GCH will organise a bus to and from the event if there are sufficient numbers interested.
[acidfree:3290 title=" " rotate=right size=200 align=right]Andy Talbot was out and about at the Clarinbridge 10k capturing some of the action. Check out his photos at: http://www.galwaycityharriers.com/albums/clarinbridge-10k-2009
In Kilbeggan at the National Inter-Counties Cross Country on Sunday, GCH's Gary Thornton finished a highly credible 7th overall in a very competitive race, as Ireland's top athletes are vying for selection for the Europeans in December. The Galway Senior Men won out Grade B, where the scorers were Gary Thornton, Paul McNamara (AThenry), Gerry Ryan (GCH), Martin Corcoran (Craughwell), Robert Staunton(GCH) and Peter O'Sullivan (Craughwell).
The results of the inaugural Clarinbridge 10k in aid of the IHPCT Lourdes Fund 2010 are attached. The IHPCT travel to Lourdes every year with children with special needs and over 2900 Euro was raised by this morning's event. Congratulations and thanks to the local organisers for putting on a very enjoyable 10k race. Mike Dillon, Bosco Forde and their large team of volunteers, with assistance from GCH's own Bernie Kelly, ensured a very smooth event that was thoroughly enjoyed by all the participants.
[acidfree:3246 title=" " rotate=right size=120 align=right]GCH paparazzi have been out in force again recently. See who you can recognise in the following two newly created online albums:
Full results of the three races are now attached, courtesy of the Hollymount organisers...
Breaking news from today's races at Hollymount - The men's 10k was won by Gary Thornton, breaking 30 mins with 29.59, second was Gerry Ryan in 30.54. The late night dancing at the GCH club night out didn't effect the performances of Ian Egan, John O'Brien or Danny Carr, as they all ran well, recording 35.15, 35.50 and 38.08 respectively.
The official results of the National Marathon Championships (run in conjunction with the Dublin City Marathon) confirm that the sisters trio of Phylis Browne, Mary Doyle and Christine Kennedy have won the Women's Team Masters W2 Championship for GCH. This is a unique and fantastic achievement by the girls who recorded superb runs on the day to win the team event from West Waterford AC.