GCH had numerous members competing over the past two weekends in marathons near and far. Well done to everyone who ran the Dublin City Marathon, Frankfurt Marathon and New York Marathon. There are bound to be some names missing so apologies to anyone not listed. Do let us know if you are running /competing in any event.
News for senior members and athletes
Leg 2: Sunday 3rd November. Venue is St. Josephs GAA Club, Hazelwood Road (R286), Sligo.
NB: GCH Senior/Master League entry closes tonight (Tuesday 29th Oct). Contact Secretary asap. No late entries accepted. (Note that the Connaught JUNIOR (u20) races and Juvenile even ages u12 to u18 also on this day starting at 12 noon).
Galway County Adult Intermediate Cross Country Championships. It was team gold for both the GCH women and men at the recent County Intermediate Championships in Bushfield, Loughrea. Good underfoot conditions on a dry, cool day welcomed the athletes. In the women's 5k race, Julia Britton had a great run to finish in third place followed by Olive Gleeson in fourth and with strong runs from Deirdre McCrae and Majella N Chriocháin, the GCH ladies team took the women's team title.
Well done to all our athletes who competed at the recent County Cross Country Championships at the Palace Grounds in Tuam (Oct.6th). Great competition over a tough course with GCH athletes Kathryn Casserly and John Moroney winning their respective races and taking the Senior titles. Kathryn Casserly of GCH powered her way to victory in the combined Women’s 4000m race, running from the front all the way, to take a well-deserved victory. Clubmate Jane Ann Meehan had a great run to claim the second senior women's place.
There were quite a number of GCH competing over the weekend of the 5th/6th October. If any GCH members are racing anywhere/have any results do let us know.
At the Irish ¾ Marathon in Longwood, County Meath, Paul Keane finished in a fine time of 2 hrs 10 minutes 38 seconds while Barbara Bergin posted 1.45.59 at the Tarmonbarry Half Marathon in County Roscommon.
Below is the link to the provisional entry list for the National Marathon Championships 2019 (held in conjunction with the Dublin Marathon). Any club athlete who wishes to be considered in the National Championships needs to ensure they are on the list. If you are not on the list - there is an email address at the end of the list to contact - you need to send them your details including date of birth, your AAI registration number AND also your Confirmation/Order number which you would have received from Dublin marathon.
Leg 1 of the Connaught Senior/Master League is this Sunday 13th October in Moyne Community School, Longford. Entries for Leg 1 need to be submitted this Tuesday evening 8th October. Anyone who would like to compete contact club secretary ASAP for entry to this weekends’ races. Individual categories are Novice, Senior and Master o40 (master begins at o40 for Connaught League), master o65. Team categories are Senior and Master (o40). You must remain in your chosen individual and team category for all three races.
Congratulations to GCH sprinter Alex Lee who has been selected by Paralympics Ireland for the Irish team to compete at the World Para Athletics Championships. Alex will compete in the 100m and 200m at the Championships which take place from 7th - 15th of November in Dubai. Tremendous achievement for Alex who only began running and competing in 2018 ! His dedication and hard work is an inspiration to many. Deserving reward for an equally deserving athlete. Well done to all of Alex's back up and support crew, including coach Brendan Glynn and all of Alex's sprint mates!
Berlin Marathon. Well done to our GCH athletes who ran the Berlin Marathon last weekend. An impressive 2:19:06 from Ciaran Faherty who placed 65th overall. Martin Kearney finished second in his age category in a terrific 2:59:10, Malachy Wolohan ran 3:14:58, Dave Keaney 2:53:15, Karen Quirke 3:49:36, Leonor Rodriguez 4:14:02. Well done all!
Loughrea 10k. In Loughrea, first GCH male was Paul Keane in 38.19 while first GCH female was Mary Kealy.
Castlegar AC Open Cross Country (incorporating County Novice championships). Castlegar AC hosted a gala open cross-country event for Juvenile and Adults ages on Saturday 21st September, at Merlin Woods City Park, Doughiska. GCH athletes were well represented in the 4k and 6k races as well as the mixed relay event.