[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!!
All senior results
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 Club Away Race was at the Baxter Streets of Casltebar 5k on Saturday 30th May. We had a bus organised from Galway and several members also travelled up under their own steam.
The weather had turned very wet and pretty windy and Aubree was the first to venture out for a warm up. The rest of us took shelter in race HQ at the Tennis Club, postponing the inevitable drenching.
The National 10k in the Phoenix Park on April 11th was the 3rd event in the GCH Club Challenge 2015. It proved to be a high scoring day in the challenge with 9 participants collecting the 30point medal bonus and two collecting the 10k PB bonus.
In both the mens and women's tables three of the top four slots are taken by our masters runners reflecting very strong national performances by this element of our club.
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!
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Congratulations to all our GCH athletes who took part in this year’s Craughwell 10. The sunshine brought over 33 GCHers to the race and not only did we see many podium finishes but lots of PB’s this year too.
Matt Bidwell had a fantastic finish, not only with second place but with a new PB of 52.41. He was well clear of his 54.02 finish last year and all his training is paying off pushing him form 3rd last year. Martin Kearney had a great race also and took 1st place in the M060 in 1.03.47.
And they're off and running (well, jogging anyway) in the 2015 GCH club challenge. After one of the most successful GCH cross country seasons in years XC fatigue set in and the opening event of the Club challenge (Inter-club XC) had no GCH competitors. However, the first bonus event of the challenge did see 2 GCHers travel south for one of the stars in the Irish road racing calendar, Ballycotton 10.
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.