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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?

8K and/or 4M - The Border Challenge

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Next weekend provides a unique opportunity to take part in road-races on alternative sides of the Galway/Mayo border over successive days.

Anne Marie First in Galway Mini-Marathon

DSCF0366 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 Wins Ballyhaunis 8k

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:

Neither O, ne Mac, shoulde Strutte ne Swagger, throughe the Streetes of Gallway


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.

Galway T&F & the fastest Women's 1500 in a long time...

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.

The Bizarre and the Unusual

Spotted on a website near here...
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Salthill 5K - Results/Photos

Salthill5K_9Race-organiser Alan Duignan (CCA) has been in touch with a set of official race-results and some great action photographs from Tuesday evening's 5K event along the promenade in Salthill.

The race results are attached below in PDF format. I note a lot of familiar GCH names in the line-up. This was a great way to continue the good vibes from the recent Galway 5K series, or indeed prepare for Paul Fallon's ( upcoming Independence Day At The Bay 5K road-race over a similiar route:

The Complete Collection

The complete collection of John O'Connor's photographs of the Galway 5k Series 2009 are now available.

Craughwell, Tuam and Athenry 5k photos are at:

John took a well earned break the week of the Loughrea 5k but you can check out the earlier Loughrea Fit4Life 5k also at

The final photo installment, the Claregalway photos, are at:

And of course, as per our previous post, Dangan photos are at:

Go raibh maith agat John!

Operation Transformation (10K to 5K)

Christian Camp Of The ArtsLocal running aficionados may remember it as a 10K race from Seapoint to Silver Strand and back in previous years. This year, local charity Christian Camp of The Arts, transformed their annual fund-raiser into a 5K run along the promenade in Salthill for it's seventh running.

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