There was a great showing by Athenry in todays Simon races in Galway this afternoon in both the 10k & 10 mile events.
In the 10mile we had four of the first eight home including two podium spots. In a race won by GCH's Gary Thornton in 57.28, Mick Rice was 2nd with a 1.02.35 & Jane Anne Healy was 3rd overall with a 1.05.36 & a gap of over seven minutes to the second placed female. Gearoid Rohan was 5th & Paul Hegarty 8th.
In the 10k event Tomas Kadzielawski was 6th home in a time of 39.24.Miriam Wall was 6th female home with a time of 45.20.
OLYMPIC sprinter Paul Hession may have missed out on a medal at the last games, but he took home gold in Galway yesterday.
The Athenry athlete was awarded a bachelor of medicine, surgery and obstetrics degree at NUI, Galway. To top off his achievement he also received a Final Medical Medal for Outstanding Sporting Achievement from the university.
The third Mayfly 10k, was held on Saturday May 24th in cloudy weather with a fairly stiff breeze to boot. With the usual mix of competitive runners and local people hoping to complete their first 10k race, there was a super atmosphere in the town. With the previous years’ winners absent, the race organisers were unsure who to expect over the finish line in first place. A number of Galway City Harrier singlets were visible on the start line so smart money was on one of these! Last year’s female winner, Sinead Brody, was back to defend her title and with her recent form in the 5k series she was going to be a force to contend with! Local athlete Emer O’ Connell, Corrib AC, had a great novice cross country but picked up an early season injury and had only returned training a few weeks prior.
A big well done to our juvenile athletes that travelled to Sligo on Saturday June 7 for Connachts.
All the athletes did very well in all their chosen events. In the pairs events the following go on to represent Athenry in the All Irelands on June 21 in Tullamore, sprint Calum Healy and Adam Molloy, Long jump Fearghus Deeley and Adam Molloy, long distance 600m Darragh McNelis and Fearghus Deeley.
The u11 boys relay team also qualified: Adam Molloy, Calum Healey, Finn McIntyre, Fearghus Deeley and Darragh Mc Nelis.
The 5th Annual Mayo AC Summer 5k Series sponsored by C&C Cellular commences on 17th June.
All races start at 8pm. Race Schedule, registration location and contact as follows:
17 June Ballyhaunis Rugby Club, Martin 0872455989
24 June Castlebar, Harlequin Hotel, Ann 0868635534
1 July Ballinrobe, Soccer Club, Joan 0876726029
8 July Brickens, Community Centre, Ambrose 0862558383
15 July Claremorris, Athletics Track, Sean 0877472830