[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.
This section contains articles relating to our club athletes.
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
Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 8:30pm
Location: The Quality Hotel in Oranmore.
Galway's adult athletes convened a productive get-together last year which resulted in, amongst other things, the highly successful May 5k Series.
It is felt around the county that it would be worthwhile to stage a repeat of this meeting which will give adults involved in athletics in Galway the opportunity to discuss the development of our sport in County Galway.
In this article Seamus O'Donnell provides some insight into his distinguished career as an endurance athlete.
What got you interested in running?
I started running in 1971 at the age of eleven with St. Johnston AC. The local club had just been founded and everybody else was joining.
What kind of running did you do as a Juvenile?
I ran both track and cross-country events. Sports days were big in Donegal at that time and during the summer there would usually be a sports somewhere in the county every Sunday. I was mostly mid-pack in competition but I got a few podium finishes later on including a silver in the Ulster U-17 3000m. I also qualified to represent Ulster in the O'Duffy cup in 1978.
Gary Thornton has been running with Galway City Harriers since the mid 1990s. His first run was a city schools cross-country race "just to get a half day" but when he came second PJ and Ollie invited him to join the juvenile section.
In this article Gary outlines some of his recent race performances, his training regieme and his plans for the year ahead.