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Jack Larkin's Debut Win at Dermot Power Memorial

Young Jack Larkin of Galway City Harriers AC had a fine win in his first competitive road race, taking the Junior Men's Title in the Dermot Power Memorial 4 mile road race at Kildysart, Co. Clare. Jack also finished 13th overall in a time of 23.21. He'll be running in the Streets next week and hopes to have another good outing there. Also, up near the top of the field for GCH was Tony Scanlan, who came in 6th overall in 22.13. Tom Porter and Bernie Kelly also represented the club well with fine runs, Tom just missing the 26 min mark with 26.01. Full results are attached.

National T&F Day 1: Sean Breathnach Takes Silver

senior_buttonThe Woodies's DIY Senior Track & Field Championships are on this weekend in Morton Stadium Santry. The competitions are held over 2 days, Saturday and Sunday. Earlier today in the Senior Men's Shot Putt, GCH's Sean Breathnach claimed the Silver medal with a throw of 15.18m, behind Colin Quirke with 15.90m. GCH have 5 athletes competing:
Brendan Glynn (800m); Eddie Costello (800m); Joe O'Donnell (800m); Feargal Geraghty (1500m); Sean Breathnach (shot putt, discus, javelin, 56lb distance and 56lb height). Regular updates and results will be found at:

Tough Of The Track* (Magic Mile)

Tough Of The TrackFriday evening saw the second running of the magic mile event for 2009 on the track in Dangan.

Coordinated and organised brilliantly by Athenry AC's Alan Burke with good help from many of his own club's stalwart members (not forgetting our own Oliver Geraghty who fired the starting gun), there were 7 legs in total, ranging from the faster guys and girls in group A (running a 4mins 45secs mile or thereabouts), through groups B1, B2, C1, C2, D and E (running a 7mins 30secs mile or thereabouts). Once again, a great night's track running was had by all with well over 50 athletes going to the line.

Gerry 2nd in Phoenix Park

Gerry Ryan has finished 2nd in the Phoenix Park 5 miler today (Saturday). 1 Josphat Boit Kenya 24:14; 2 Gerry Ryan GCH 24:32; 3 Peter Maher Kilkenny City Harriers 24:49. First reports are at

Ruaidhri Geraghty is Salmon Run Sprint Champion 2009

Ruaidhri Geraghty, GCH runner as well as accomplished cyclist and triathlete has been crowned champion at this years Salmon Run Sprint Triathlon held in Ballina last weekend. The Galway Tri Club website has the report and results at Congrats Ruaidhri!

The mile has all the elements of drama said Sir Roger Bannister. Well, this classic distance is being brought back to life in Galway with Athenry's Alan Burke organising the Summer Edition of the Magic Mile meet. It's on Friday 24th July from 7:30pm in Dangan. The Spring Edition was a great success with plenty of official PBs recorded by GCH runners. Again it is being run in the graded meet format where people run against others of similar pace - so no need to worry about being lapped! It's just E5 to enter on the night. In anticipation, here are some all-time classic mile races to get you in the form ...

Galway City Harriers - 110 years on the run!

Corrib Princess

Climb aboard the Corrib Princess and join in the Birthday celebrations.
We've chartered the boat from 7-11pm on August 22nd. The cost is a recession friendly €20, to include entertainment and food.
I have had a great response so far but there are still approximately 15 places left. These are open to GCH members and our close running friends. If there are stil some places and your wives/husbands/partners/better lesser halfs/lovers etc can survive 4 hours of incessant banter on all things running related, then they are welcome too.

Gerry, Regina & Nicola Winners in Headford

Headford 8k 2009

Start, courtesy
Many GCH runners had a good outing in the Headford 8k on Saturday evening. Full Results and Photos of the race, including this one of the start showing Matt, Gerry and Regina to the fore in the GCH colours, can be seen at the race website GCH had the first 3 Men home with Gerry Ryan in 24:58, Matt Lockett in 26:56 and Tony Scanlan in 27:40. Regina Casey was 1st Woman in 30:52, and Nicola O'Ceallaigh 1st Junior Woman in 33:48.

It’s a long long way to Tipperary….well it depends on how you look at it.

Its about six months now since I announced my New Years resolution here on this website I’ve been running now for nearly 13 years and have always enjoyed the freedom of putting on your runners and heading off, no matter where in the world you are. I also enjoy the social side of the sport, the regular catch up/gossip on the run. Racing as I said before is something that consumes me with so many nerves that I was nearly afraid that it would turn me off the whole sport.

Loneliness of the Mile Runner

Hicham El GeurroujWith the next running of Athenry AC's magic mile in Dangan a mere two weeks away now, I thought the following article which appeared in the BBC online magazine yesterday might be of interest to some. Here's a taster:

It's been 10 years since the current world record for running the mile was set - so why hasn't it been broken? Does the mile still matter as a middle-distance event, and who runs it these days?

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