Results catch up week ended 22nd September
Castlegar AC Open Cross Country (incorporating County Novice championships). Castlegar AC hosted a gala open cross-country event for Juvenile and Adults ages on Saturday 21st September, at Merlin Woods City Park, Doughiska. GCH athletes were well represented in the 4k and 6k races as well as the mixed relay event.
The mixed 4x500m cross country relay started the day. Rob McDonnell and Darren Costello were part of the winning NUIG relay team. Fourth placed team was the Mixed Club team which included GCH sprinters Majella Loftus and Jim Phelan, while in fifth place was the GCH master runners team of Ronan O’Conghaile, Brian O’Connor, Sonya King and Karen Quirke.
In the women’s 4k open race, Kathryn Casserly came second behind Westport’s Aoife O’Brien. Helen Corbett took fourth, and with Eilis Ni Dhuill and Olive Gleeson following in seventh and eight places respectively GCH took the open race team prize. There were fine runs from the rest of the GCH womens’ crew: Julia Britton, Eleanor Whyte, Deirdre McCrae, Julie Bradshaw, Eileen McCarthy and Cora Grimes. Eilis Ni Dhuill took silver in the County Novice Championship while Julia Britton took bronze.
In the men’s 6k open race Aaron Brennan was an impressive third in a very competitive race, behind internationals Damien Landers and Rory Chessor. Jack Maher and Barry Murphy finished eighth and ninth respectively. A strong Ennis Track team took first overall team with GCH second in the open team category. In the County Novice men’s Championship competition Aaron took gold with silver going to Jack Maher and bronze to Barry Murphy. GCH men’s’ team took the County Novice team gold. There were strong runs also from the rest of the GCH crew: John Morrissey, Niall Murphy, Ronan O’Conghaile, Eoin Killeen and Kieran Whyte. Running in the 6k race was Laura Shaughnessy who ran a fine race to finish nineteenth overall.
Louisburgh Half Marathon. At the Louisburgh Clew Bay Half, there were fine runs from Seamus Coyne, Richard Simpson and Esther O’ Sullivan.