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[acidfree:6524 align=right size=75 title=""]GCH's Paul Fallon has been in touch to remind us again about the third annual Oughterard 10K (Mick Molloy Classic) road-race scheduled for this coming Sunday (21st August).
Full details are available on the GCH events calendar at: Oughterard-10K
There is a great history of road-racing around these parts, so
the well-established Oughterard 10K is one to look forward to!
[acidfree:6361 title=" " align=right size=300]The Headford 8K is another fine local road-race that has suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous weather conditions over the years. On Saturday last however, the weather gods smiled favourably on the 2011 race and a fine evening's racing was enjoyed by the large field which turned out, numbering among them a strong GCH contingent.
Well done to top 10 GCH male finishers Matt, Owen, Barry, Gerry and Fintan. Full race results are attached below compliments of official race timing supplier Red Tag Timing.
[acidfree:6180 title=" " rotate=right size=150 align=right]It may be held on the summer solstice every year, but the Annaghdown 10K road-race has had a chequered history when it comes to weather conditions. Biblical floods along with thunder and lightning strikes featured back in 2008 and while the last 2 years were seasonably warm and sunny, the rain returned last night in a downpour both just before the race started and again, just after it had finished.
[acidfree:6046 title=" " rotate=right size=120 align=right]Athlete #1: The time wasn't long going all the same.
Athlete #2: True enough. I'd never have said that Enda and the boys (and girls!) have been in office for 100 days already.
Athlete #1: No, I mean the Galway 5K series - seems like 'twasn't started before it was all over again this year.
[acidfree:6046 title=" " rotate=right size=100 align=right]If the deluge had to come, I guess it came at the right time this evening. Aside from disrupting warm-up routines, the rain had sufficiently cleared by 8pm for the final stage of the Galway 5K series for 2011. Loughrea AC hosted a grand finale over their rain-sodden but now very familiar 5K route.
[acidfree:6049 title=" " rotate=right size=130 align=right]Dave Huane would like to take this opportunity to again thank all those from GCH and indeed county Galway who travelled to take part in his "guess your own time" race recently in Ballindine.
By all accounts, a good night was had by all - the "best guesser" title on the local running scene for 2011 goes to Tuam AC's Brendan Monaghan, who remarkably predicted that he would cover this 4 mile course in exactly 26m 15s. Great prediction... and running!
[acidfree:6046 title=" " rotate=right size=120 align=right]The evening came wet in the end but not before most if not all runners had crossed the finishing line in Dangan earlier this evening. This week it was GCH's turn to play host to the 5K series with Eamon O'Donnell serving as race-director again and putting all his experience of course layout and design into tweaking last year's single-loop circuit to produce another master-piece of "mixed terrain" running off a very restricted route.
[acidfree:6089 title=" " align=right size=120]GCH's Brendan Glynn, who is the senior track and field coordinator for County Galway for the upcoming outdoor season, has been in contact with news of the Galway Senior Track & Field championships series for 2011. All details are as per the following attachment and as listed in the GCH events calendar for June.
[acidfree:6046 title=" " rotate=right size=150 align=right]It was the turn of the Clare River Harriers club to host this week's leg of the Galway 5K series, and once more, much credit is owed to Andrew Talbot and crew for putting on such a fine event over a race-circuit that was reversed from last year.
Congratulations again to both Matthew Bidwell and Regina Casey for continuing their clean sweep at the front of respective male and female fields and making it 4 from 4.