At last Sunday's London marathon three GCH athletes were in action. Matt Bidwell and Owen Byrne have been logging serious training sessions for the past couple of months in preparation and both had excellent runs. Matt, running in his home club colours, the red and yellow stripes of the City of Norwich AC, clocked 2:30:55. Owen Byrne followed in another great time of 2:39:20. GCH's only woman representative Breege McGath also had a fine run in round numbers with 3:46:46.
On the same day in the Ardrahan 10k, a rare appearance by another top marathoner Mike O'Connor saw him take second behind St. John's Kenneth Rogers. Gerry Carty had another good 10k run in 36:12 following on from the Phoenix Park last week.
In Raheny on Saturday, the annual club road relays took place and GCH had both a mens team and a womens team entered. These are hugely competitive races with many top class and international athletes turning out for their clubs. The girls team of Nicola O'Ceallaigh, Irene Gorman and Caoimhe Daniels did well and were 8th overall out of 17 teams. The boys team of Billy King, Keith Fallon, Chris McGrath and Gearoid Hynes were a little further down in 13th but gave a good account of themselves in what was the first time in some years that GCH has had a team compete.
Then on Thursday the charity fundraising Salthill Relays took place and many athletic club runners turned out to support the event and to test themselves on the 5k Salthill course. Chris McGrath, Damien Ridge and Gearoid Hynes teamed up and were an unbeatable combination, completing the 3 legs in 51:55. The first all girls combination was our own Caoimhe Daniels, Nicola O'Ceallaigh and Helen Corbett who were finished in under the hour. Jane Walsh, Elanor Rainsford and Mary McHugh also had good runs, finishing in 1:09.