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.
Congratulations to two of GCH's top veteran athletes Martin McEvilly and Cliff Jennings, who competed against the best of Ireland's Master athletes at the National Veteran T&F Championships last weekend at Tullamore. Martin took a clean sweep of the middle and long distance events, winning the 800m, 1500m, 5000m. Cliff won the Hammer as well as taking silver in the Javelin and bronze in Shot Putt. The full results are now up on the Athletics Ireland website at http://www.athleticsireland.ie/content/wp-content/uploads/2006/05/master....
. We have some great photos of the Galway Triathlon held at Carna a couple of weekends ago, courtesy of John O'Connor. They can be found at the link below. There are plenty of familiar GCH faces in the mix.
News just in that Gerry has won the Castlepollard 5k this evening in an amazing 14.44.
Men’s Team Results (4 to score): 1. Raheny Shamrocks AC (3, 4, 7, 8)=22 2. Galway City Harriers AC (2,19, 21, 46)=88 (3. Athenry AC (14, 20, 32, 43)=109) Women's Team Results (3 to score): 1. Athenry AC (109, 117, 140)=366 2. Galway City Harriers AC (76, 180, 181)=437 (3. Raheny Shamrocks AC (71, 118, 271)=460)
GCH's Matt Lockett was the winner. This race took place on July 18th.
Results from the 2009 FUTURE Streets of Galway 8k Road Race are in the attached PDF file. The first 100 are listed below:
Pos Bib Name Club Sex Cat Finish Chiptime 1 2526 Josphat Boit Clonliffe Harriers M Senior Men 00:22:49 00:22:48 2 2507 Gerry Ryan Galway City Harriers M Senior Men 00:24:40 00:24:39 3 2527 Mark Kirwan Raheny Shamrocks M Senior Men 00:24:53 00:24:52
A friend passed on the following link recently to the Vibram FiveFingers footwear which may be of interest to some, given the high-value some athletes place in running barefoot.
Anything named "best innovation of the year" (Time magazine - 2007) is worth a look at least in my book.
John O'Connor's photo-deck from the recent July magic mile in Dangan is now available via the Athenry AC web-site at: Magic Mile July 2009
Some great action photographs in there, particularly from the home-straight, where every sinew was being strained, eye-balls were beginning to pop, oxygen was being gulped - ya get the message!