[acidfree:3225 title=" " rotate=right size=120 align=right]Marathon fever may be beginning to die down now and road-races are thin on the ground at this time of year as the cross-country seasons kicks into gear. However, for those of us who still like to get out on the tarmac, here's some information about an interesting new race on the local scene. This promises to be a good day out and will raise funds for a great cause at the same time.
News for senior members and athletes
I hit the stop button on my watch and looked up, it was like the scene from the opening sequence of Michael Jacksons Thriller video. Grey faces, sunken in eyes and a shuffling gait. How did I get here?….
....DUBLIN MARATHON 2009...(cue Thriller music!)
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[acidfree:3206 title=" " align=right size=150]Most of the time I don't like writing about my own running experiences - it's much easier to comment on other people's running and racing after all. However, now that the dust has settled on the Dublin marathon, I'm prepared to make one great exception here. I half-committed that if all went reasonably well and I didn't blow-up spectactularly (or at all) on my second day out at the marathon distance in Dublin, I would share some of my thoughts, those being the thoughts of a mid-pack, but hopefully very enthusiastic (ahem!), marathon-runner.
[acidfree:3208 title=" " rotate=right size=130 align=right]GCH's Andy Power travelled to Dublin last Monday to debut at the marathon distance. Here's his own personal account of the struggle and pain involved, but more importantly, much, much more importantly, the triumph and sense of achievement at getting over the marathon course and completing the distance successfully. Well done Andy and welcome to the marathon club!
[acidfree:3180 title=" " align=right size=125]Those of you who are around GCH for a number of years now, may have recognised Christine Kennedy's name in the list of local runners going to the line in next week's Dublin marathon. Christine was one of the leading female athletes in Galway, Ireland and our club throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, and as a former national marathon champion in Dublin, she has been invited back by the organisers to run again this year as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations.
Well done to Gary Thornton who had a great run yesterday to finish 3rd in the Gerry Farnan Cross Country, behind Mark Christie and Mark Kenneally. Mary Cullen won the women's from Fionnuala Britton. The following video on YouTube shows some of the action in the men's race:
[acidfree:3182 title=" " rotate=right size=100 align=right]Dublin can be Heaven indeed, but there will be no time for "coffee at 11", never mind "a stroll in Stephen's Green" on Monday 26th October next, as marathon mania will arrive on the streets of Dublin for the 30th successive year. The 2009 Dublin city marathon (incorporating the national marathon championships) toes the start-line at 9:00am on October bank holiday Monday and Galway City Harriers would like to extend good wishes and good luck to the following 24 club members who will be taking part on the day:
[acidfree:3165 title=" " align=right size=200]The Renmore Residents Association hosted a very enjoyable and successful 5k back in September as part of their 40 years celebration. Here are some photos of the prizegiving on the night, courtesy of the Renmore Residents Association: http://www.galwaycityharriers.com/albums/renmore-residents-5k-2009
[acidfree:3158 title=" " align=right size=250]OK, I know, the race has to be run first, but linked here is some advance notice of the scheduled Setanta Sports TV coverage of the highlights of the 2009 Dublin city marathon, to be run on bank holiday Monday 26th October next.
It's a great, great pity that this event is no longer carried live by our national broadcaster, but that particular debate seems to have long since run it's course.
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The following is an unintentional race report from Niall Mc Loughlin who was one of a number of GCH Athletes who completed Berlin Marathon in September this year. It was written in response to an email question on how his time was in Berlin and with a little bit of gentle persuasion, he agreed to let me post his reply here and even supplied a picture! Great running Niall and a super victory shot.
"3:34 and 46 secs.
Was aiming for 3:30 and was spot on pace for first 22 miles, after that things went awol.