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.
All senior results
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.
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
Round 1 of the penultimate club challenge event was the Inter-County Cross Country in Dundalk IT last weekend. It produced a big move in the women's challenge. Niamh Hennelly has leap-frogged to the top of the leaderboard and it will take some fancy footwork and equally fancy mathematics to dislodge her.
In the men's challenge things were largely unchanged at the very top but Gary Thornton, Keith Fallon, Brian O'Connor and John Cronin made great strides up the leaderboard. But have they left their dash too late?
The second day of the Connacht cross country held in Westport House last Sunday. The venue was superb for a more traditional cross country course with lots of hills and muck. The heavy passing showers made underfoot conditions difficult and several GCH participants fell during the races but everybody finished.
With the results now in, there have been some small but significant changes at the top of the leaderboards in both the men's and women's events.
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Galway City Harriers really did kick ass at the Simon Kick Assphault.
In the 10 mile race GCH's Gary Thornton was first home in 57.28, Mick Rice was 2nd with a 1.02.35 & Jane Anne Healy was 3rd overall with a 1.05.36
And in the 10k we had lots of GCH top finishers including Sean Hanely in second in the mens race in 36:33 and Seamus Leddy in thrid in 37:47.
In the Womens 10k Sinead Brody was first home in 40:44 and GCH's Siobhan Egan was second in 42:03 (a new PB, congrats.