[acidfree:1703 title=" " size=90 align=right]A healthy number of GCH athletes enjoyed a great day's racing at Tuam on Sunday last. Tuam AC have been very innovative with course layout over the past couple of years for their leg of the Galway 5K series, but they surpassed themselves this time around with their newly configured one-lap 8K circuit for their own annual road-race.
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[acidfree:8191 size=250 align=right title=""]Paul will be back running in Galway tommorrow, to finish his amazing 1000 mile run around Ireland in December in aid of On The Road Again (OTRA). Yesterday he finished in Castlebar with 915 miles done and ran another 40 miles today. He had a photocall with An Taoiseach in Castlebar (from http://www.ontheroadagain.ie/.) Paul will be in Renmore at 3pm tomorrow, with a tough 45 miles to go, hopefully to finish by around 8pm. Any Harriers support would be great to help Paul complete his challenge.
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An occasional series - the personal musings of a novice runner.
If you are one of those compulsive users of running calculators, you may be interested to note that Greg McMillan has given his web-site a fresh lick of paint for 2011 including his (in)famous McMillan running calculator - see following link: McMillan Calculator
I don't visit this site very regularly now, so apologies if this is all old hat to some.
[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!