While we in GCH continue to reflect in the afterglow of celebrating the 30th anniversary of our "Streets of Galway" club-race earlier this year, it's worthwhile mentioning that our running neighbours across the county boundary in south Mayo will be marking an even more noteworthy occasion on Sunday 15th November next when Hollymount celebrates the 50th anniversary of it's annual road-race.
Tom Hunt of Mayo AC has written two lovely pieces chronicling some of the history of this event in terms of past male and female winners as follows:
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A massive congrats to almost 20 GCHers that took part in the 36th Dublin City Marathon 2015 held on Monday 26th October. It was not the most ideal of conditions for 26.2 miles but it didn’t make much of a difference to our brilliant GCH athletes with many coming home with PB’s and even some new silver wear for their efforts.
Cross Country season is well under way and a big hitter as always is the Gerry Farnan XC. This year marked the 32nd year of the race which is also the trial race for men and women wishing to represent Ireland in next month’s British & Irish Masters CC International, scheduled for Saturday 14th November in Santry.
Galway City Harriers had 3 great performances from athletes Keith Fallon, Michael O’Conner and Martin McEvily.
Keith came in second in U23’s and 13th overall in 27.01.
Conditions were perfect??? Not a sentence we’ve heard a lot of lately in the West for any sport but once in a while it all comes together and we are blessed with the ideal conditions to run. Saturday was one of those days………….
Three events took place this year……… 10k, Half Marathon and the addition of a Marathon saw approx. 2600 runners invade the prom with their own individual missions….to participate…….finish……PB…….win!!!
[acidfree:11207 title=" " size=750 align=center] Clare River Harriers never fail to put on a great race and 2015 didn’t disappoint with a well organised and exciting race at yesterday evenings Claregalway 10k. Flat for the most of this course this always brings home PB’s and is a target race for most athletes at the end of the Summer racing or for those targeting the Dublin City Marathon. Despite a very wet evening, the race was yet again a great success!!
On a balmy Tuesday night in Dangan the first night of the county track and field championships doubled as round 5 of the GCH club challenge. 13 GCH athletes toed the line in the 3000 and 5000m races. At the end of the night Majella Ní Chríocháin and Martin Kearney maintained their positions at the top of the table albeit with reduced leads.
68 GCHers have now scored in the club challenge. Next up is the National Half Marathon in Dublin at the beginning of August.
The county senior outdoors track and field championship sees leg 5 of the club challenge. The events that make up this leg are as follows:
- 7:45pm - 3000m Women
- 8:15pm - 5000m Men
There will be no GCH track training this Tuesday evening to facilitate the county championships so why not use the 3000m/5000m as your track session and gain some valuable points in the club challenge at the same time.
Entry can be done on the night or to speed things up can be done online at the following link.
The dates and programme have been announced for the Galway Senior/Masters and Junior Track and Field Championships and details are below. Entry can be made on Athletics Ireland online entry system, and on the night on Day One. Both days will be held in Dangan, Galway City at the NUIG/RSC Track.
Day 1 is on Tuesday 23rd June from 7:30pm
7:45pm - 3000m Women;
8:15pm - 5000m Men
7:30pm: Triple Jump:
7:30pm: Javelin (women);
8:00pm: Javelin (men);
8:30pm: Shot Putt (Women);
9.00pm: Shot Putt (Men)