News for senior members and athletes
Well done to everyone who has put in some serious training over the past 4 months. It's never easy to train for a marathon and even harder when the wind, rain, hail, sleet and snow are against you and that could happen on a long run the way the weather has been since Christmas. None the less last weekend there was some fantastic achievements by our club members and hopefully the GCH crew in Boston will come across the line in triumph!
I've been running pretty well for a good few months. I'm racing almost as fast now as I was 11 years ago when I got all my personal bests in distances from 5k through the half marathon. Back then I was running six days a week and was more fit than healthy; I was on the physio table with shocking regularity and frequently trying to shake recurrent colds.
After a few years busy with other things I returned to some swimming, gentle running, and occasional biking. My training now is typically two or three runs a week, a weekend bike ride and a swim that's more social than strenuous. Recently I've added some weights work which has been helpful.
This would be my third time doing the Craughwell 10, and I was up for a good run. In the inaugural race in 2010 I was happy with a 68:39 finish. Last year I improved that to 66:00 by running alongside Pat O'Dwyer who used all his racing experience to run a smart race in a strong breeze that was difficult for many. This year I was looking for a 65min finish.
The 3rd Annual Galway Sports Partnership 10k Run will take place in Labane, Ardrahan on Easter Monday, April 21st at 11.30 am. The race will be held in conjunction with Ardrahan AED,Ardrahan Juvenile GAA Club & Galway Sports Partnership.
The key aim of the Galway Sports Partnership is to increase participation in sport and recreation in the whole county and we invite all the club runners, Meet & train/Fit4life groups and walkers around the county to participate in this 10k run/walk event on Easter Monday April 21st in Ardrahan.
Well done to everyone who raced over the weekend.
Hurley Hoey 10k
Congratulations to Gerry Carty coming home 3rd in the Hurly Hoey 10k on Saturday in 35:07!
Full results click HERE.
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Ballycotton 10 mile
Conor Dolan had a fantastic run in the Ballycotton 10 miler on Sunday coming home 25th in an extremely competitive field in 55.48. Congrats Conor.
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Galway Athletics County Board are delighted to announce that the following Galway Athletics Award Winners have been selected as the inaugural recipients of the various category awards for the 2013 year.
These athletes and coaches have contributed immensely to their sport and have achieved great success and excellence both in 2013, and in some cases, over many decades of athletic endeavour.
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Congratulations to Nicola Duncan was been chosen to represent Ireland at the World half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen on 29th March.
Nicola finished 2nd women in the Barcelona half marathon in February demolishing her personal best set 2 weeks previous to that in Watford 74:46 with a new PB of 72:13 seconds.
Nicola is also taking part in the London Marathon, best of luck!
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2014 saw the 4th Annual Kinvara Rock and Road Half Marathon & 10k races with over 1,300 athletes taking part in both events. The Galway City Harriers dominated the course with 50 club members participating in the races this year.
It was a glorious day in Kinvara fresh and calm with enough sun shining through the clouds to keep the cold at bay. The atmosphere was electric with a sea of colorful athletes scattered along the waterside village doing last minute prep to warm up and stretch before their chosen races (and walks!).
Well done to everyone who has taken part in the challenge to date.
Remember the next event is the Craughwell 10 mile in 23rd March.
There have been some slight changes to the scoring system. These changes make showing up a lot more valuable than not showing up and rewards everyone who does.
Thanks to Vincent Jordan for these suggestions.
• Points are scored as follows:
- 30 for the 1st GCH finisher, 29 for the 2nd, 28 for the 3rd, all the way down to the 20th GCH finisher who gets 11 point. All subsequent GCH finishers will receive 10 points.
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Well done to Gary Thornton who produced one of the best ever performances by a G.C.H. athlete when finishing 2nd in yesterday's National Senior Inter Club Cross-country Championships held in Dundalk I.T. over a very testing course.