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The pressure was really on in Manchester. Not alone had there been a slew of great times posted by GCH runners in Connemara last week but, even worse, Sarah had really upped the ante by posting a spectacular race report during the week. I was, it must be said, at a distinct disadvantage – I did not have a fiancée willing to cycle around the course supporting me and, more importantly, supplying interesting copy for my race report. Not to mention all the glamorous photos of Sarah in full flight.
Another great weekend of racing with the National 10k taking place at the Phoenix Park on Saturday 11th April and the renowned Connemarathon Ultra, Marathon and Half taking place on Sunday 12th April.
On Saturday in Dublin on what is a notoriously hard course especially in the last 5k of the race. This did not deter our GCH athletes who determinedly took to the course to mark their place in this National event!!
Easter weekend brought the sunshine to the West and it was time to put the hard slog of battling wind and rain which was plentiful over the winter season to the test. It was also time to see if our Lenten season sacrifices had paid off!!!
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On Saturday in Kilmovee, a renowned Mayo Race and the first of the Mayo RacetoImprove Series took place and true to his PB season Matt Bidwell took top spot and also set a new course record by 3 seconds in 32.17!! Well done Matt!
St. Patrick’s weekend this year was filled with sunshine and so the runners came out in all their glory......all the training in wind, rain, sleet and snow paid off as some fantastic performances ensued.
In the Abbey 10k, Larry Kelly won the Male O40 in 38.12 and was 5th overall, Danny Carr stormed home as first MO50 and in 6th place in 38.25. Sinead Brody was first lady on the button in 40.00 and 11th overall. A storming performance by all!!
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The tough conditions didn't hold GCH back at the 2015 Kinvara Rock and Road Half Marathon and 10k.
GCH took 2nd and 3rd in the Men's 10k with Matt Bidwell in 33.19 and Owen Byrne in 35.14.
Sean Hanley also had a great run in 6th place in 38.19.
The GCH ladies stole the show however taking all three top spots in the 10k. Helen Corbett stormed home in first place in 39.39, followed by Sinead Brody in 40.37 in second place and Esther O'Flaherty took thrid place in 42.02.
The Club is delighted to announce the club challenge for 2015 for all runners. The aim is to encourage all club members & club teams to take part in a broad range of events including many of the top regional and national events. The objective is to encourage team spirit whilst promoting our club. There are 15 chosen races and the best four results count for the Fit4Life section and the best seven for others.
So after all the sweat, tears, sunshine, rain, sleet, wind, (more rain, sleet and wind it seemed than sun) the final results of the 2014 GCH Club challenge are in. Congrats to all participants!!
- Gerry Carty 196
- Martin Kearney 194
- Martin McEvilly 182
- Niamh Hennelly 201
- Jane Walsh 195
- Margaret Sheridan 192
Men Over 40
- Vincent Jordan 171
Women Over 40
- Carmel Brannigan 185
Women Over 50
National Masters and Intermediates All Ireland Cross Country is on in Tuam, Co Galway, Feb 8th next, in the Palace Grounds, along with Juvenile Development events
This is the first National Cross Country Championship held in Galway since 1999.
Theres already huge interest and some strong teams are likely to be fielded for these events.
The event list below shows how many can be entered and how many score on all teams and race distances