On a bitterly cold day, GCH men claimed 1st , 2nd & 3rd prizes in this year’s Colemanstown 10k. Last year’s winner Matt Bidwell from Galway City Harriers was first home again, in a time of 33:39; not quite as fast as his PB which he created on the same course last year.
Some races have a special buzz and the Craughwell 10 Mile race certainly presses that button. Many targeted this race as their main Spring outing and nervous tension along with vigorous arm waving were all there in abundance before the 1 pm start.
Gerry Larkin and his enthusiastic band of helpers from the hinterland of Abbey did themselves and their village & parish proud with their organisational efforts today (17 March) in running the first Abbey 10KM Road Race.
Over 150 toed the line with the men's winner coming home a little under 37 and a half minutes later, Stuart Moloney of Mooreabbey Milers, but originally from much closer to Abbey I'm reliably told. The women's winner was a few minutes after that, Caroline Whiriskey of Loughrea AC, another child of a neighbouring parish.
Athenry Juvenile AC athletes had a great day out recently at the wonderful new indoor athletics arena at Athlone IT where Athenry athletes competed with the very best juvenile athletes in Connacht and came home with a very impressive total of 18 medals – 4 gold, 9 silver and 5 bronze. In addition we had very strong performances from several other Athenry athletes who were very close to winning medals if it were not for the very high number of entrants on the day- all there to perform at a venue worthy of a top class European event.
It must be a great feeling to see a young athlete you've coached over many years make a breakthrough at national level. Dermot McNamara of Athenry AC has seen a few and his latest is Sinéad Tuohy who recently won a silver medal in the All-Ireland Under 23 High Jump competition, held in the new indoor stadium in Athlone.
One of the most historic races in Ireland, the Ballycotton 10, took place last Sunday, 3rd March. It used to be one of THE races of the year for Athenry AC but despite a nearby 10 miler in Craughwell and many other local alternatives we still got eight runners to the starting line this year.
Now in their third year, the Kinvara Rock And Road Half Marathon and 10k have thrived as very successful event races. The 2013 versions stopped the traffic for a while in the village last Saturday 2nd of March to let through the 531 finishers in the Half, and the fairly astonishing 713 finishers in the 10k race.
There is currently serious demand for all kinds of footraces at this juncture in time in the West of Ireland; long may it continue.
Brilliant sunshine blessed the Kilconieron 5 Mile race on Sunday 24th February. It combined with a cooling wind to theoretically make a perfect day for running. However, judging by the pained expressions on runners' faces as they progressed up the hill near the end, maybe we need to revisit our calculations.