An occasional series - the personal musings of a novice runner.
In terms of hill training for road-runners, we've talked extensively on this web-site before about Knockma Hill out Tuam direction (a particular favourite training spot of Bernie Kelly among others), but perhaps now is the time to also give Tonabrocky (aka Thonabrucky) Hill it's rightful place in the sun.
A place of near-infamy in the early 1980s for being the location of one of the first MMDS masts in Galway (MMDS was considered a potentially dangerous source of radiation at the time, a situation which led to a lot of local opposition and protest), it has achieved a different kind of infamy among Galway athletes down through the years.
In the week leading up to one of the show-piece events on the GAA's calendar, the following letter has been published in today's Irish Times newspaper, which I reproduce below. Makes for interesting reading when you consider that the middle "A" in "GAA" does indeed stand for "Athletic". The corresponding article by Ian O'Riordan which the letter-writer references out to has been linked here for your perusal. This includes a potted history of the early years of athletics in the GAA and a reference to the first ever national marathon championship held at Jones' Road (now Croke Park) which was won by GCH's very own Tom Hynes - see a previous article.
Results are attached. Also, check out Stan Shield's wonderful photos of the event on pg 24 of today's Connacht Sentinel.
Attached are details of the 5k run/jog/walk taking place next Friday evening in Renmore, Galway City at 7.30pm. Registration from 6.30pm at Renmore Sports Centre. Entry fee €5. Race starts and finishes on Renmore Avenue. Further enquiries to Frank 091-753582 or Bernie 087-7504066. Changing and showers available at Renmore Sports Centre. All welcome.
Loughrea Athletic Club “Athletics Weekend”
Fun Events around the Town of Loughrea on Friday night - list of events to follow
Seminar titled “Train Hard Race Easy” taking place on 26th of Sept @ 6pm at the Lough Rea Hotel & Spa.
Annual 5 mile Road Race 27th of September @ 2pm
Many kudos to GCH's Jane Campbell who organised a great night out for GCH club-members on local river cruiser, the Corrib Princess, on Saturday evening last. This was the first official social night-out for GCH members and friends in a long time and was a great opportunity for all to take the focus off running and racing and the long, hard training miles for a change.
While there is great excitement and entertainment being provided at the moment at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin (not to mention some fantastic Irish (and Galway!) performances so far), it's also worth remembering at this time the anniversary of another great Irish athletics performance on a world-stage from the annals of history.