I’ve always been very fond of the Bilboa 10k. It’s a race that has a lot going for it. The course is interesting, well stewarded and very quiet from a traffic point of view. In fairness it’s not a particularly fast route as it gets quite hilly towards the end and those hills tend to knock the stuffing out of you just as you might reckon you have a chance of a decent time. Part of the race’s charm for me is the warm welcome you get at registration and the generous homemade refreshments that are provided for all when the running has been done.
Congrats to all the 2015 registered runners from around the county who took part in the Galway 10M Road Race Championship, which was hosted with the Craughwell 10M Road Race, last weekend.
Athletes from 11 different clubs competed (Galway City Harriers, Craughwell AC, Athenry AC, Maree AC, South Galway AC, Loughrea AC, Clare River Harriers, Tuam AC, East Galway AC, Corofin AC and Corrib AC) with 6 different clubs taking home medals.
There seems to be something about Craughwell that brings out the best in Athenry members as once again the results were littered with PBs.
Jane Ann Meehan reconfirmed her position as probably the top female runner currently racing in Galway, taking the win with a commanding 5min gap to second place, running a 60.18 for a big PB & a staggering 5 minute improvement on last year. GCH completed the podium with Grainne Ni Uallachain & Sinead Brody.
Not only is our own Martin Keane a legend on the road, he has serious clothes sense too, if his sartorial elegance after the race - see above - is anything to go by! Straight out of East LA, via Rathmorrissey.
The man was also the only Over 70 male to run in the race today, joined by Mary Cronin (LimerickAC but originally Woodford) as two only two over 70 athletes to complete the course today.
Kudos to both.
Congratulations to Ruthann Sheahan on her third position in this weekend's Tralee marathon with an outstanding 3:09:35.
Although it's only mid March, Ruthann already has eight marathons & one ultra under her belt since the turn of the year!
Currently training for another 24hr race Ruthann is clocking up serious weekly mileage & on current form is sure to challenge her own National record.
Congrats to Gerry Larkin, Declan Donnelly and their crew on a very successful race out in Abbey today Sunday, 15 March, their third 10KM.
Congrats to our own Deirdre Quinn on her second place in the senior women's race.
FINAL & OFFICIAL result and prize list is attached.
1. What running shoes do you train in?
Mizuno Wave Inspire, have tried a few other brands but keep coming back to Mizuno.
2. How many miles did you run last week?
3. What’s your favourite racing distance?
10mile or ½ marathon.
4. Where’s your favourite place to train?
Rinville & Maree, there’s a nice mix of hills, trail, country roads, seaside, (and usually a strong breeze) & as I’m there 5 days a week I try to make the most of it.
A two page spread on Fields 10KM Stalwart Bernie Kelly is published in this week's The RTE Guide, in their Run magazine.
Congrats and much deserved for her outstanding with for Fit4Life in Galway City via Galway City Harriers.
The windy conditions definitely didn’t affect the on course performances in Kinvara yesterday as both male course records were smashed with plenty of PB’s also ran in what has quickly become one of the most well organised & well liked races on the calendar.
Congrats to Mairead Sullivan, Maeve Noone and Deirdre Quinn on their team medal winning performance in last autumn's National Marathon AKA Dublin City Marathon.
Kieran Guiry is seen here presenting Mairead and Maeve with their national medals at the recent AGM.