Be Safe Be Seen

When taking part in club training all athletes must wear a Hi-Vis top or vest and have a Headlight. This is mandatory for anyone taking part in the Tuesday night's Speed, Wednesday night's Fit4Life or Thursday's Tempo sessions.

Saturday morning running groups should wear Hi-Vis tops.

You will not be permitted to take part in the session unless you are properly kitted out.

Additional arm or leg reflectors are desireable but not essential as long as you have a headlight.

Safe running in 2016!

Anne Lyng.

Coldwood 4 mile - Sunday 31st January

I don't even know what the latest one is called but running in storms has become increasingly frustrating over the last two months and, unfortunately, it shows no sign of letting up for a few weeks yet. The only positive I can muster up....well it gives us the opportunity to over use some favourite running quotations.

"Ah it's early season, I'm not running for times yet."

"Ya know it's actually a great way to race, toughens you up for the hard season ahead."

"It wasn't near as bad as what I trained it yesterday."

Get Moving Talk Series 2016

Following the success of the last 2 years Athenry Physiotherapy & Performance Clinic are hosting another series of talks this Winter. "Two nights of the most recent advice for your physical, mental and intestinal health whilst performing in your chosen sport". Featuring Jane Ann Meehan of Athenry Physiotherapy and Performance Clinic, John Connolly of 'MindBody Hypnosis' and Bridget Wing, Nutrional Therapist. The series kicks off on Friday 5th February and again the following Friday 12th February at 7.30pm.

Ballinderreen 10km - 24th January 2016

Ballinderreen 10km was originally set for the 29th November 2015 but due to flooding the race was re scheduled for Sunday 24th January 2016. Ballinderreen village is approximately 22 km south of Galway City and is a part of the townland of Ballinderreen. Baile an Doirín, means town of the little derry or little oakwood, suggesting the area may once have been more heavily forested with oak. This is a popular race due to its flat course offering an opportunity for a PB! Numbers were up slightly this year with 142 athletes taking on the single loop course.

Art O' Neill Challenge 2016

A word of warning from the start. You simply can’t write a short report about this race, so if you’re not in the form for a saga, turn away now.

The Art O’ Neill has a great history to it but this will be long enough without going into that now, so you can read up on it here.

Tuam 8km - 17th January 2016

In its 12th year almost 390 athletes took part in the Tuam 8km today. The weather was cold and temperatures were hovering around 7 degrees with intermittent showers. GCH dominated the podium taking 5 of the 6 places. The top two men finished in the same order as last year, with Gary Thornton GCH taking the honours in 24.22 followed by Matthew Bidwell GCH 25.54. Michael O'Connor GCH finished 3rd in 27.10.

Athenry AC present cheque to Athenry Cancer Care

The proceeds from Athenry AC's Fit4Life race which took place in November 2015 were recently donated to local charity Athenry Cancer Care.

The cheque for €1,200 was presented by Frances Leahy (Race Director) at The Athenry Cancer Care premises on New Line, Athenry.

Thank you to everyone who supported the race and looking forward to seeing you again this year! Congrats to all concerned.

Anne Lyng

Kenneth takes on the Art O'Neill Challenge

On January 6th, 1592 Art O’Neill, his brother Henry, and Red Hugh O'Donnell made a bid for freedom from Dublin Castle. It was the middle of winter and Ireland was held fast in its icy clutches but they hoped to reach the relative safety of the remote Glenmalure Valley over 50km away.

Ill equipped and underfed they were the only prisoners ever to successfully escape captivity from Dublin Castle but it was an ill fated journey with Art O’Neill dying from exposure only miles from his goal.

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