News for senior members and athletes
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G.C.H. had six athletes competing today in the Woodies DIY Intercounties Cross-Country Championships of Ireland. This is one of the main and most competitive events of the Irish winter athletics calendar. This year, it also serves as the trials for the European Cross-Country Championships to be held in Spain on December 9th.
Galway City Harriers athlete Michael O’Connor won the National Marathon Championship in Dublin on bank holiday Monday last. This event is incorporated as part of the Adidas Dublin City Marathon which saw 11,000 runners turn out this year. The overall winner was defending champion Aleksey Sokolov of Russia who set a new course record of 2:09:07.
The County Galway cross-country championships were held earlier today at Dartfield, Loughrea. Senior and juvenile athletes from around the county competed for Senior, Intermediate, Novice, Veteran as well as Juvenile titles and G.C.H. had a number of medal winners.
G.C.H. had 3 individual winners in the Juvenile events. Colm Huges won the U13 Boys, Rachel Shaw won the U17 Girls and David Gow won the U17 Boys.
GCH teams won the U15 Girls, U17 Girls and U13 Boys events.
The Galway Bay 10 mile run and walk took place on Saturday afternoon in some brilliant October sunshine. This is a charitable fundraising event in aid of Cancer Care West and the Inis Aoibhinn cancer support centre. Many local athletes supported the event by taking part or helping out.
We are pleased to be able to issue the final results for the 2007 FUTURE Streets of Galway 8k road race. The first 100 finishers can be viewed on this page and the complete list is available in the attached PDF file.
1 0:23:59 RYAN, Gerry Galway City Harriers AC Senior Men
2 0:24:07 MAHER, Brian Kilkenny City Harriers Senior Men
3 0:24:14 THORNTON, Gary Galway City Harriers AC Senior Men
4 0:24:25 YEATES, Richie Raheny Shamrocks Senior Men
5 0:24:41 TUREA, Sergiu Clonliffe Harriers AC Senior Men
6 0:24:51 O'CONNOR, Michael Galway City Harriers AC Senior Men
The 2007 FUTURE Streets of Galway 8k Road Race took place on Saturday evening last from Southpark in the Claddagh. This was the 22nd running of the race which is now one of the most popular road races in the country, ranking alongside such events as the Ballycotton 10 and the Adidas Irish Runner Race Series in the Phoenix Park. This year, the organisers Galway City Harriers had received over 2000 entries before the closing date. After heavy rain all day, the skies cleared just ten minutes before the off, to a collective sigh of relief from the participants and organisers alike.
Galway's senior athletes competed strongly at the National Track & Field League Final in a wet Tullamore yesterday. Galway men finished third in Divison One. They were only 6 points off the top spot - a narrow margin given the league's scoring system. The final Men's Divison One team placings were:
West Waterford AC 110
St. Abbans AC 110
Finn Valley AC 89
City of Derry 79
Ballymena & Antrim AC 73
Tir Chonaill AC 68
City of Lisburn 62
Gary Thornton, G.C.H., won the Men's 10000m final at the National Track and Field Championships held at Morton Stadium Santry at the weekend. This is Gary's first senior national track title and he led from the gun to record an impressive win with a time of 29:57.06. Clubmate Michael O'Connor was 3rd in the same event.
There was gold also for Mindaugas Kurcenkovas, G.C.H., who won the Javelin with his 4th throw of 58.56.