[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.
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[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.
Athlete #2: You're not wrong there. And I'm telling ya something for nothing, the race-series was a lot more successful than that shower will ever be.
(fade to howls of laughter...)
[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. Initial reaction was very favourable, once the effects of the sharp sandy climb up onto the finishing straight had worn off!
[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.
[acidfree:6049 title=" " rotate=right size=150 align=right]The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed the following annual and very original road-race event appearing on our calendar of events a short while back: Guess Your Own Time
As this event is being organised by Mayo AC's David Huane who is a good friend and supporter of GCH and Galway road-racing in general, our friends in Mayo AC have asked us to link to the full description of what you can likely expect if you make the short hop up the N17 to Ballindine Co. Mayo on Saturday 28th May next. Please navigate to the following link for more details.
[acidfree:6046 title=" " rotate=right size=150 align=right]Driving out from Galway city earlier this evening, it looked as if we were odds on to have a repeat of the wettest 5K series race I can remember to date - Claregalway 2010. However, despite some heavy showers prior to the starting gun, the weather cleared up somewhat to ensure that the race could be run in reasonable weather conditions.
Again, much thanks is owed to all in Craughwell AC for hosting another great race on the local athletics calendar.
Now updated with an extract (PDF format attached) of the GCH results from race #1 in Athenry. Results are sorted according to surname and display provisional (i.e. gun) time only. Congratulations to both Matthew Bidwell and Regina Casey for coming in as first male and female athletes respectively.
[acidfree:6046 title=" " rotate=right size=150 align=right]The Galway 5K race-series for 2011 got off to a flying (if somewhat breezy) start last night in Newcastle, Athenry.
Athenry AC were once again fantastic hosts and ensured that the first leg of this year's series went off in a smooth and relaxed fashion. It's great to see that the crowds are enticed back year on year to avail of such a well organised running event. Many thanks to the many people responsible for making this all possible.