[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!
This section contains articles relating to our club athletes.
[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
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.