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....
Check out the following two online albums recently posted to the Athenry AC web-site, again the handywork of resident photographer on the Galway athletics scene, John O'Connor:
Galway 5K Series: Tuam - May 2009: http://www.athenryac.com/image-galleries/galway-5km-series-2009-tuam
Galway 5K Series: Craughwell - May 2009: http://www.athenryac.com/image-galleries/galway-5km-series-2009-craughwell
GCH's Andy Power has been "missing in action" from club sessions recently. We've finally tracked him down however to the US of A - here's his own account of what he's been up to out there running-wise.
On account of a US trip for work, I was bitterly disappointed to miss out on the Galway 5k series this year.
However, on arrival in a little town called Winston-Salem, North Carolina where I began my trip, I came across their very own 5k race, the 10th ANNUAL KOMEN NC TRIAD RACE FOR “THE CURE” (of cancer) at Salem Academy and College.
It was another great Tuesday night in Claregalway, organised by Andy Talbot and his team of volunteers. A total of 404 finishers were recorded, 93 of which were from GCH. Bernie Kelly reports that there was a plentiful supply of personal bests for the 5k distance - Ivor, Don, Nicola, Gina, Eve, Louise, Angela, Gráinne to name but a few.
Today's stage (Monday) was from Wexford to Cobh, a distance of 110 miles with riders averaging 24 mph for the stage.
Tuesday, 12th May, 2009 in Craughwell could easily have been a mirror image of the equivalent evening last year. The sun shone, the temperature gauge read 20 degrees and with open entry on the night, we witnessed what was probably a record turnout for an individual race in the Galway 5K series to date. This all contributed to another great night's racing along the high-roads and by-roads of county Galway.
Check out the following two online albums recently posted to the Athenry AC web-site and see how many people you recognise.
Magic Mile Meet - Dangan, Galway - April 2009: http://www.athenryac.com/image-galleries/magic-mile-meet-dangan-april-2009
If it's a Tuesday night in May in Galway, then that can only mean another leg of the 5K race series. Some more great racing was evident on an overcast and blustery evening down Tuam way yesterday, but for all that, we'll still happily hang on to the record of "rain never interfering with play" in terms of this particular race series. Well done to Brendan and the folks in Tuam AC for putting on another great show around their fast circuit. They've got all the results posted already to their club website - check it out at:
Note - for our convenience, Bernie Kelly has assembled a full listing of all GCH results from Tuesday's 5K in Athenry in alphabetic (by way of surname) order. See attached document. This shows 72 GCH participants from 90 of our athletes who have registered for the series. Remember though, you need to run 5 of the 6 legs in the series to get your hands on a much coveted, limited edition running top. Onwards to Tuam next Tuesday evening!
The Galway 5k series for 2009 kicked-off in fine-style on Tuesday evening last in Newcastle, Athenry Co. Galway. We had a great turn-out from the club and I'm sure everybody will join me in thanking Athenry AC for hosting another great running event.