...so 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 ...
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.
Its about six months now since I announced my New Years resolution here on this website http://www.galwaycityharriers.com/senior-news/janes-sunday-run. 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.
With 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?
The results of the Galway Women's Mini-Marathon are attached. There are no names alongside the numbers, but if you participated and you know your number you can check your own time. GCH's Bernie Kelly finished 5th and has provided the top 5 finishers and times below. Congrats to former GCH runner and Tuam native Anne Marie Hynes who is back to winning ways taking first place on the day.
1st Anne Marie Hynes Tuam AC 40.23
2nd Elaine Walsh Athenry AC 40.33
3rd Eimear Butler unknown 41.22
4th Róisín Farragher unattached 45.09
5th Bernie Kelly GCH 46.00
Gerry Ryan followed up his return to racing and winning in the Galway 5k series last month, with another win at the weekend in the Ballyhaunis 8k Road Race. Another of GCH's most prolific road race competitors, Bernie Kelly, also travelled and had the following report:
So said a curious byelaw of Galway Corporation in 1518, when they ordered that none of the town's inhabitants should admit any McWilliams, O'Flahertys, Kellys, Burkes or their like into their houses. The West Gate of the town apparently had the inscription "From the ferocious O'Flaherties Good Lord deliver us."
Well, times have changed, and on August 8th 2009, Galway City Harriers are hoping that plenty of ferocious natives are part of the action around the Streets of Galway. Strutting and Swaggereing are optional!
Our pictures shows Rory Nelson and Mickey McLaughlin, FUTUR€, with Gearoid Quinn, G.C.H. at the official launch evening last week.
The 2nd night of the Galway Track & Field championships were run off with their usual efficiency last night in Dangan. In anticipation of the official results and times from chief organiser Paul McNamara, GCH were well represented with some good performances in the Javelin, 1500m and 200m events. Joe O'Donnell, Brendan Glynn and Paul Fallon were very impressive for GCH on the night, but the performance of the evening must go to Loughrea A.C.'s Caroline Clancy who posted a brilliant 4.48 for the 1500m.