Headford 8km took place on Saturday 4th July in Headford town.
This charity event now in its 11th year saw almost 240 athletes complete the distance in very mixed weather. All proceeds from the race go to charities supporting children with disabilities. To date the race has raised over €35,000 and provides valuable additional funds to support children in their own communities by providing short breaks, respite and in-home supports.
There were great results from the Athenry AC athletes on Day 1 of the 2015 GloHealth National Juvenile Championships. Calum Healy continued a fine year with a silver in the long jump, and he still has two days of competition to go and high chances of further medals to bring back home. Thomas and Jessie Barr are often considered to be the poster siblings for Irish Track and Field but Athenry AC have their own brother-sister team in Brandon and Shannen Lee. Brandon won his hurdles heat by the width of his vest but made sure in the final and took gold in a very convincing fashion.
Day 2 of the County Track and Field took place on Sunday 28th June at the Regional Sports Centre, Dangan. A small but very active Athenry AC team took home 15 medals, including a massive haul of 6 medals for Anne Lyng who only decided on the morning of competition she was going to compete. Anne took gold in 100m, 200, and 800m and silver in 400m, long jump and high jump. Yvonne Knight, who took a bit of persuading to compete ended up with 4 golds - 400m, LJ, discus and high jump.
The club is hosting a relay event on Tuesday 30th June which promises to be very exciting! There are approx 23 teams (3 runners per team) taking part! Race Director Mr Jim Leahy has put a lot of time and effort in to organising this event. He has given great consideration to team names which I hope does not reflect our performance (Turtles, Sloths). Meeting at the Church Car Park at 7.45pm to collect our name badges and "formulate our race strategy" we will be briefed on the "do's" and "don't" before running to the starting point on the link road. Promises to be an enjoyable event!
The Monivea Half Marathon and 5km took place today, Saturday 28 June.
The 5km is in its 6th year and the half marathon in its 3rd. The half marathon was the official County Galway AAI Championship Half for 2015 and Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in addition to the usual cash prizes in all categories.
I think it all started a long time ago when I was in 3rd class in school, the school sports day was coming up and we had to pick the events we wanted to enter. As a 7 year old you were expected to go in the 60m 80m and 100m, maybe chance the long Jump or the high jump.
Bullaun's 8km saw approx. 130 athletes participate last Saturday evening (20 June). Mark Walsh was first across the line in 28.43. Hot on his heels was Craughwell ACs Damien Larkin in 28.46 with Athenry ACs Gearoid Rohan finishing 3rd in 29.30.
Another member of Athenry AC Jane Ann Healy was first woman home in 29.57 (and 5th overall). There was only seconds between Tammie Corrigan 35.28 and Sinead Martin 35.33 who finished in 2nd and 3rd place.