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.
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.
The Galway Juvenile & Senior Cross-Country were held in Tuam last Sunday and the results are attached. P.J. Coyle was on-hand to capture all the action and provided us with this report:
The first of the season's cross-country races was held in the Palace grounds on Sunday last 4th October in very benign conditions.
There was a reasonably good turn out for most of the races. For some of the juveniles this was their first ever competition.
Details have recently been posted to the Athenry AC web-site about the third installment of the magic mile event for 2009 on the track in Dangan, which is coming our way soon.
The two previous editions of this great event went down a real treat (see below) so be sure that you too get into the "miler club" again on Saturday week.
Orla NiMhuircheartaigh was the women's winner of the recent Dingle half-marathon with a winning time of 1:34:24. John O'Brien was 3rd in the men's race in 1:21:00. Also representing GCH and posting close to a PB was Colm O'Maille. The course was challenging, with plenty of hills, twists and turns and by all accounts the scenery was beautiful as the race headed from Dingle town to Slea Head, finishing in Dunquin with views of the Blaskets along the way. Comhghairdeas Orla, John and Colm!
A year on from the 40th birthday celebrations in Loughrea AC, the 2009 running of their annual 5 mile road-race went off last Sunday in dry but quite breezy and blustery conditions. The weather did not however deter close on 400 athletes going to the start-line and the race itself was organised with the usual efficiency that we associate with Loughrea AC. To top it all off, recent world championship medalist and local girl Olive Loughnane was on hand to fire the starting hooter.
To the race itself, there was some very strong running at the front of the field in the men's race with GCH's Gary Thornton and Gerry Ryan having to settle for 3rd and 4th place on this occasion as the Clonliffe Harriers duo of Mark Kenneally and Sergiu Coibanu maintained a hot-pace throughout.
The Lucozade Sport Education Programme in association with GCH are running a series of workshops promoting sports participation and healthy living. Rosemary Ryan, international athlete as well winner of the 2009 Mini-Marathon & Streets of Galway, is delivering the workshops. The first was held last Tuesday night when over 40 GCH club members turned up for an excellent presentation on 'Nutrition for the Athlete' and Rosemary answered plenty of questions put to her afterwards. Next Tuesday's topic is 'Hydration for the Athlete'. The start time is 8pm in the Westside library and the talks are free to GCH members.
Weekend of Entertainment organised by Loughrea Athletic Club
6.00 pm Seminar in the Lough Rea & Spa 6 pm - €5
Quests - Olive Loughnane, Seamus Power, James Nolan , Sports Coach and Sports psychologist
1.00 pm - Junior Fun Run
2.00 pm - Senior Race 5 miles
Enter for Senior race on line @ www.runireland.com or for more information log on to www.athleticsloughrea.com
All are welcome to events
The Berlin marathon last Sunday was won by the legendary Haile Gebrselassie. Gracing and racing the same streets was a good representation from Galway City Harriers. Niall MacLoughlin and David Toohey were first accross the finish in the GCH colours in 3:34 and 3:37 followed by Donal Nelson in 3:52. Don Deacy and Nicola Deacy also made the trip and recorded 4:15 and 4:20 along with Padraig McDonnell in 4.49 and Joseph O'Neill in 4:51. Congrats to all on their fine marathon runs in very hot weather. Haile went out to set another marathon record but on the day with the temperature over 20 degrees when he finished he had to settle for the win. Consolation was he did break the rarely run 30k record en-route. He said afterwards that he reckons the temperature needs to be below 16-17 degrees for a world record.