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 http://www.athenryac.com/gallery
The final photo installment, the Claregalway photos, are at:
And of course, as per our previous post, Dangan photos are at: http://www.galwaycityharriers.com/albums/dangan-5k-2009
Go raibh maith agat John!
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Irish Running Tours presents the first annual 'Independence Day at the Bay 5k' in Salthill on July 4th 2009. Galway City Harriers athlete Paul Fallon is behind Irish Running Tours, which he founded on returning to Galway after many years working in Boston.
This July 4th race includes a 5k road race along the beautiful Atlantic coastline in Salthill, and a 1K kid’s fun run/walk.
Bhuel, cén chaoi a raibh sé duit féin?
From a GCH perspective, we had close on 100 participants in total involved across the 6 weeks of racing, whether running, volunteering or supporting. From our top male and female athletes Gerry Ryan and Regina Casey, who led their respective races home each time they went out, through our other strong club runners who regularly finished in the top bunch, to the rest of us who ran mid-pack and even a bit further back, there was a place to be found for everybody. This in a nutshell is what makes this particular series, and road-racing in general in Galway, so much fun.
Conor Maloney ran into 9th place in the Cork Marathon on Monday in a fine time of 2:46:37, on what was one of the hottest days seen in these parts for a long time. Conor was back in action in Dangan on Tuesday, this time swapping the white and red GCH singlet for the yellow stewards vest. He said that the heat in Cork was relentless with little shade or respite along the way, leaving many with no option but to ease off the pace to cope with the conditions. He also reported getting mildly sunburnt through the red stripe of the GCH vest! Congrats also to John Connolly who also braved the conditions, finishing very respectably on the day in 3:52.
A tough, all-terrain course over 3 laps of the NUIG sports-fields tested the mettle of the 332 competitors who defied the heat of a hot, sticky evening to finish the race-series with a bang. Well done all and congratulations to those who achieved their red t-shirt target - wear it with pride, it has been hard-earned!
The final race of the 2009 Galway 5K series takes place tomorrow, Tuesday evening, the 2nd of June, at the NUIG Sportsgrounds, Dangan. Galway City Harriers are hosting this final race, which will be followed by refreshments and plenty of discussion on this years events at the Westwood Hotel, just across the road from Dangan. The weather outlook is great, with more of the weekends fabulous fare we hope. Meanwhile, final organisational touches are being put in place this evening by Ian Egan, Bernie Kelly and their team of trustee volunteers.
As we approach the final leg of the 2009 series, the race within a race for the special edition red t-shirts is hotting up. Bernie Kelly has supplied an aggregated table of GCH standings for the 5 races to date (attached below).
Remember, we in GCH will be hosting the final leg next Tuesday evening (2nd June) in Dangan with the race again starting at 8pm. If you have already completed either 4 or 5 races, you may consider not running on the night and helping out with the race organisation instead. This will still entitle you to collect your t-shirt at the end of the night's activities.
Yet another superb 5km race was hosted by Loughrea AC last Tuesday. Although GCH didn't manage its record 100 runners of the previous week, 70 ish runners aint bad. One of those GCH mambers making her 2009 5km series debut was Carraroe native Aideen De paor. She has written us the following report....