Another instalment of the GCH Dublin Marathon story for 2017 , thanks to Culan O Meara for another great piece of writing on his superb run this year.. 'Where to start? The emotion of the day, the crowds, the amazing support from GCH along the route and the afterglow! It still makes me smile. The best running experience of my career was a long time in the making, both physically and mentally. From running laps of the town as 'training' back in school in the 80's and 90's, doing triathlons with Galway Tri, the cross-country outings and the Cathedral runs.
There were some fine performances at the recent National Senior, Junior & Juvenile Cross Country Championships held in Abbottstown, Dublin. There is a comprehensive report on the Juvenile and Junior races under the Juvenile News section. Well done to our Junior and under 16 Mens teams and the Juvenile competitors. The County Galway Junior mens team also took silver County team. In the combined under 18/Junior Womens race, there were fine runs from Jessica Leane (32nd ) and Aoife King (52nd). The Galway County Junior Womens team finished just outside the medals in fourth place.
A number of GCH athletes produced great performances at the recent County 10k Championships .( in conjunction with Ballinderrin 10k) . Gary Thornton took the Individual Senior mens gold while Paul Keane took the v35 mens Individual bronze.
In the Senior womens category, Barbara Dunne and Sinead Brody took silver and bronze respectively, Neasa De Burca took Individual silver in the v35 category and together with Eve Daly, the GCH womens team finished in second position.
Attached below are the County 10k Championship results
GCH athletes were in tremendous form at this year’s National Cross Country Championships which was held in Abbotstown today. The U20 team consisting of Eanna Folan (13th) , James Frizzel (15th), Thomas McStay (16th) , Joe Tannian ( 27th), Aaron Brennan (42nd) and Michael Healy (88th) produced a magnificent team effort to take the National title. As National U20 Champions the team has now qualified to represent Ireland at the European Cross Country Championships to be held in Portugal.
We hope everyone is feeling Festive and here is the best news of the Christmas
Our legendary Christmas Jumper Party will take place in the Kings Head on Thursday 21st December from 8.00pm
Please do come and meet your running buddies in a non running atmosphere. We will have refreshments and a prizes for the best jumpers.
The very best of luck to all GCH competitors and to all the County Galway athletes competing at the National Senior, Junior and Juvenile even age Cross Country Championships. The event takes place tomorrow, Sunday 26th November at the National Sports Campus in Dublin. Races kick off at 11.30am starting with Juvenile ages, while the last race is scheduled for 2.25pm. A great days racing in store. Supporters welcome ! Event details/info below
Please allow for additional time as car parks are spread out across the National Sports Campus and walking times may vary.
Our second instalment of the GCH marathon story from 2017, via Jan Van den Bergh ! read on for more...
My marathon story starts in May 2016. After years of dreaming about doing one I finally decide it’s time to give it a go. For the previous 12 years I’d been playing 5 a side football twice a week mixed in with the very odd round the block 6k run. I tell the lads at football that I’m quitting to go and train for a marathon. ‘Are you mad in the head??’ was the most common reaction.
The 30th running of the British & Irish Masters Cross Country International races took place on Saturday last in Derry. Two of our stalwart GCH athletes ,Christine Kennedy (M60 women) and Martin McEvilly (M65 men)represented Ireland at the event. The Masters womens race and the Masters over 65 race was run over 6k, consisting of three laps of a 2k course. It was a fast race, quite muddy on parts of the course and included a gradual climb.
Galway City Harriers Fit for Life group is 10 years old this month! The incredible Bernie Kelly has trained thousands of Galway runners over the last decade! Celebrations are ongoing , and all at GCH and all those who have ran and jogged their way to fitness and health are hugely thankful to Bernie and all her team leaders for the tremendous work over the last decade.
The Dublin Marathon for 2017 brought great success for Galway City Harriers athletes and teams, including National team gold for the Ladies, and individual medals too, We will bring you some of their thoughts over the next couple of weeks... read on for Jimmy Wards story...