[acidfree:1652 title=" " align=right]They are a strange breed these runners. We’ve all seen them, usually while sitting in traffic listening to the whirr of the window wipers and waiting for the car’s central heating to kick in. You are in the middle of wondering if you’ll stay awake long enough for the second episode of Corrie that evening, when a flock of high viz jackets and running tights pass you by. You shiver involuntarily at the thoughts of trotting around Westside on a dark Tuesday evening and wonder what these poor souls have done to deserve such a punishment.
Our Fit 4 Life Adult training programme
[acidfree:1649 title=" " align=right]...you can see forever apparently and indeed, despite it being just seven days from the shortest day of the year, it was easy to believe this saying such were the blue skies and bright sunshine that greeted the GCH/Fit4Life troops as we descended on Kilmurry-McMahon earlier today for the local St Mary's Athletic Club annual running of the Bernie Meaney memorial 5K road-race.
[acidfree:1634 title="GCH/Fit4Life On Tour" align=right]The excitement has been building at Fit4Life for weeks now, the tension is almost unbearable - no, it's not the imminent arrival of Santa Claus next month, but rather the next official GCH/Fit4Life outing, this time to Co. Clare for the 34th annual Bernie Meaney memorial 5K road-race on Sunday December 14th. Full details of this event are as below:
St. Mary's Athletic Club, Kilmurry McMahon, Co. Clare - Sunday, 14th December
[acidfree:1607 title=" " size=150 align=right]GCH's Eve Daly summed up the Craughwell/Fit4Life event from her perspective as follows:
Well done to all on today's race. Sorry I could not join you but many thanks to Eve, Seamus and Ian for supporting you all. I took part in a 5K in Lissycasey, Co Clare and ran 22:16 so I am well pleased with that.
The following are the results as I have taken them from the Craughwell Website. Apologies if I missed anybody.
Seamus Coyne 19:32
John Flannery 21:26
Donal Nelson 22:38
Nicola Deacy 23:10
Louise Arrigan 24:38
Padraig McDonnell 24:48
Gina Concannon 26:03
Kristin Riall 26:18
Ann King 27:18
Eithne Waldron 28:53
Ronan Fahy 28:59
Veronica Gallagher 29:11
[acidfree:1553 title=" " size=200 align=right]I'm delighted to report a great GCH/Fit4Life turnout in Craughwell today for the 2nd annual Craughwell/Fit4Life 5K road-race. I counted at least 15 of our members (and I'm sure a few more appeared on the starting-line), a significant proportion of the overall lineup.
The first year of Fit4Life has gone extremely well with 177 now joined. Members from the group have taken part in many local road races and 5 completed the Dublin City Marathon. The emphasis is now on the Fields of Athenry 10K road race on St Stephen's Day.From now to Christmas no new beginners will be taken on. Anyone wishing to join will have to wait until after Christmas when the next batch of beginners will be catered for. This only applies to complete beginners, if you can jog a few miles then you are still most welcome to join.
The very successful GCH Fit4Life training programme is taking a summer break and will resume on Tuesday 9th Sept at 7pm at Westside Library Carpark on Seamus Quirke Road. To the 113 participants, enjoy the rest. To the dedicated clubmen and women, thanks very much for all the help over the last 9 months.To anyone out there who enjoys recreational running/jogging but finds it a bit lonely on one's own then think about joining the group where the craic is only mighty!
Athenry AC fit4life 5k run/jog/walk.
When: Sunday 2nd March at 1pm.
Where : Newcastle, Athenry (same route as last yrs 5k May series)
This run is free to all members of Fit4Life Athenry, Craughwell and Galway.
Please pre register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. or give your name to Bernie at training on Tuesday or Thursday.
This run is also open to all club registered runners at
€5 if pre registered by email or €10 on the day.
GCH Women's team claimed Silver in the Tuam 8k, just behind winners Mayo AC. The placings of the club's first four athletes were counted for the team prizes. New members Carmel Brannigan and Rochelle Howell, who have recently joined GCH via the Fit4Life programme, were the 2nd and 4th GCH women home. Adrienne Walsh, making a welcome return to road racing, was the 3rd scorer. The team was led home by Regina Casey. The 1st four were closely followed by Brenda Gannon and Aine Harvey. Carmel and Adrienne also claimed 1st prizes in their categories with times of 35:44 and 39:29 respectively.