[acidfree:1853 title=" " align=right size=100]On a weekend when it was easy to get distracted by the endeavours of our senior athletes running in the Rotterdam marathon, it's also worth mentioning that there were quite a few other races taking place as well, both locally and around the country.
This section contains articles relating to our club athletes.
[acidfree:1714 title=" " align=right size=100]When out running on the roads, there is cold, very cold and extremely cold conditions. Today in Dungarvan, West Waterford, conditions fell quite comfortably into the latter category for the local 10 mile road-race, the second in the 4-race Munster classic series. It was bitter in the extreme, probably the coldest day yet your correspondent has been out running. Not to be put off however, a number of athletes from the west of Ireland made the long road-trip to the "not so sunny on this occasion" south-east.
[acidfree:1700 title=" " align=left size=100]As reported elsewhere in a previous race report, one of GCH's global athletes, Pat Burkitt, returned recently from spending some months living, working (and running!) in South America and was soon back into racing action in the northern hemisphere when he took part in the Tuam 8K a few short weeks ago. Pat (who was a category prize-winner in Tuam) provided the following race feedback which just missed the original race-report publishing deadline:
[acidfree:1687 title=" " align=right]Not to be stuck for a race on new year's day, our own Bernie Kelly made the long haul up the N17 and onto Bundoran in south county Donegal for the local Tír Chonaill Athletic Club's first-running of their new 8K road-race. She has filed the following short report and some images and a results set are attached here also. Well done Bernie for returning with yet another prize and starting off 2009 on a positive personal and GCH note!
[acidfree:1685 title="Photo-credit - John O'Connor" align=right]UPDATE - there are some more photographs from FOA 2008 available at the following locations courtesy of John O'Connor and Athenry AC: http://www.athenryac.com/image-galleries/fields-athenry-10k-2008-john-oc... and http://www.athenryac.com/image-galleries/fields-athenry-10k-2008-john-oc...
[acidfree:1634 title=" " align=right]Are you heading to Athenry on St. Stephen's Morning (26th December) for the 10K road-race?
If so, check out the following important transport notice as posted on the Athenry AC web-site: http://www.athenryac.com/why-not-take-bus
Our own Ian Egan is the man behind this initiative and he needs a quorum to make it happen, so do consider it as an option and save any unnecessary cars descending on the town on the day.
[acidfree:1486 title="Matthew Lockett" align=right]Unconfirmed reports are reaching us all the way from Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan of an incredible 3rd-place finish by GCH's Matthew Lockett in the all-Ireland senior men's novice cross-country championship earlier today. Matthew was running as part of the county Galway team and when full and final confirmation of his performance is received, we hope to provide more details of this fantastic achievement in a high-powered national competition.
[acidfree:1543 title=" " size=150 align=right]With the upsurge of new members in GCH recently, particularly through Bernie Kelly's trojan work with the Fit4Life program, we're always interested in your own personal experiences of running and racing, what it means to you, and what you get out of it.
Gary Thornton won the British Universities 10k on the track last weekend in a superb time of 29:30.47s. This represents a personal best performance for Gary, who is now based in London and was competing for St. Mary’s.
BUSA Outdoor Athletics Championships 2007 – Bedford - 10000m MEN
1 Gary Thornton St. Mary’s 29:30.47
2 Jonathon Thewlis Nottingham 29:59.48
3 Matthew Janes Westminster 30.23.09