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.
OK, I know we've mentioned the "five-toed sock" quite recently as alternative footwear for the runner, but these are really topical right now, with articles appearing in the Sunday Times on 6th September last (unfortunately not available online it seems), the Mail on Sunday on the same day - linked here and thanks to a tip-off from GCH's Andy Power, again today in the Irish Times - linked here.
Updated with full programme of events as well as profiles of guest speakers as an attachment.
News is coming through on the wires regarding the inaugural Galway Sports Conference
in the Radisson Hotel, Galway to be hosted by Galway City and County Sports Partnerships on 3rd October 2009.
All details (including registration) are available via the above link.
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.