Picture of Orla on her way to the finishing line and victory in Wexford at the weekend - photo courtesy of Athletics Ireland
News for senior members and athletes
Orla Ni Mhuircheartaigh won the Intermediate Women's Cross Country Championship of Ireland earlier today. The race, over 4000m was held in good conditions over a tough course in Piercestown, Wexford. Orla pulled away from Maria Halley, Ferrybank AC, on the last lap to win comfortably.
Martin Mc Evilly was also victorious in Wexford, winning the National Master's Men Cross Country V5 category. Martin had 20 sec to spare from JJ Murphy, Tinryland, in 2nd.
This year's A.G.M. will take place in The Dangan Suite, Westwood House Hotel, Newcastle, Galway City on Wednesday night, 6th Feb at 8 o’clock sharp. Finger food will be served after the meeting. All members are warmly encouraged to attend.
Congrats to Sean Breathnach, GCH, who is included in the Irish team announced today for the upcoming Celtic Indoor Cup. This competition - Ireland v Scotland v Wales - takes place next Sunday in Cardiff.
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Orla Ni Mhuircheartaigh, GCH, and Paul McNamara, Athenry, were the Senior winners at the Connaught Cross Country Championships held earlier today. The venue was Dartfield Horse Museum Park, Loughrea and the recent persistent rain meant a tough muddy cross-country course and very difficult conditions underfoot for the athletes.
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GCH have a number of athletes travelling to Belfast for the Woodie’s DIY Irish Indoor Championships, which take place in the Odyssey Arena on Sat 26th and Sun 27th Jan 2008. The Odyssey hosts Ireland's only indoor hydraulic 200-metre running track and full details of the event can be found at Irish Indoor Athletics Championships
GCH Women's team claimed Silver in the Tuam 8k, just behind winners Mayo AC. The placings of the club's first four athletes were counted for the team prizes. New members Carmel Brannigan and Rochelle Howell, who have recently joined GCH via the Fit4Life programme, were the 2nd and 4th GCH women home. Adrienne Walsh, making a welcome return to road racing, was the 3rd scorer. The team was led home by Regina Casey. The 1st four were closely followed by Brenda Gannon and Aine Harvey. Carmel and Adrienne also claimed 1st prizes in their categories with times of 35:44 and 39:29 respectively.
Many of GCH's Senior athletes were in action this weekend, in their first competitive outings of 2008.
At the AAI Indoor Games in Nenagh on Sunday, Sean Breathnach had a good day, winning the Shot Putt with a throw of 15.76. Igor Muntean jumped 1:95 for 2nd in the high jump behind Barry Pender who cleared 2.11 on the final attempt. Sprinters Danny Moore and Gregor Toohey also competed in the highly competitive 60m which had very large fields entered in both the Men's and Women's events.
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Fit4Life Training resumes after the Christmas break on Tuesday 8th Jan. What better way to kick start the New Year than with a bit of exercise?
Well done to Don, Nicola, Carmel, Rochelle, Kristin, Gerard and Joseph who all ran in the Fields of Athenry 10K on St Stephens Day.