Athenry juvenile athletes enjoyed a very successful outing at the Galway indoor Athletics Championship held in Athlone IT International Arena last weekend (18 January). The first race of the day saw the Athenry U13 girls team, Aoibhe Deeley, Ciara McDonagh, Sinead Lyons, Saoirse Healey and Freya Bohan, get the club off to a flying start winning a gold medal with a superb performance in the 4x100m relay.
Please find attached timetable for counties Saturday 18 in Athlone IT. Please arrive one hour before you event is due to start. The order of events will not change but depending on numbers the times may so it is important to arrive in plenty of time.
Ruthann Sheahan was deservedly featured in last Thursday's edition of the Irish Independent for her ultra running exploits. The report gives some insights into the training regime of the two time national record holder plus some of the crazier aspects of 100 mile training weeks (boiled eggs & jam for one). This recognition is long overdue for someone who came 7th in the world in last year's 24hr road race & on current form I'm sure she will improve on that in the coming year.
Calling all young athletes come and join us St. Stephens morning December 26 for our 1k fun run around Athenry medals for all, all ages welcome. Registration presentation school gym from 9.30 till 10.00 €5 per child race starting 10.15 sharp.
Athenry Juvenile AC Athletes will be taking to the road this coming weekend for the Uneven Ages National Cross Country Championship which will be held on Sunday 15th December in Waterford. Athenry AC will have a number of teams qualified to represent the club at this All Ireland event as well as a number of individual athletes who will be running for Galway as a result of strong individual performances at the Connacht Championship.
Last Friday night saw Athenry AC celebrate our Christmas party in Dowling’s Bar in the town (A big thanks to Yvonne & Will for putting us up in style) but prior to that we had the pre-Christmas party party (if that makes sense) as our local speedster & pain guru, Jane-Ann Meehan, held the official opening of her brand new Physiotherapy & Performance Clinic in the recently built Primary Health Care Centre.
Over 250 people from Community and Voluntary groups from all around County Galway were honoured at the County Mayors Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 19th November in the Claregalway Hotel. The Awards recognise and celebrate community and voluntary activity around County Galway. Eleven Awards were up for grabs after a public call for nominations was made back in October.
Best of luck to our juvenile athletes who will be travelling to Dublin to run for Galway and Connacht in the All Ireland Even Ages Cross Country Championship in Santry next weekend. The Athenry athletes who have done really well at the Connacht championship and have qualified for next weekends All Ireland finals are; U12 girls Ciara Griffin, Aoibhe Deeley and Laura Kenny, U12 Boys Ruairí Collins and Shea Hennessy, U14 Girls Aishling Kenny and Sarah Gilhooly and U16 girls Shannen Lee.
Athenry Juvenile AC Athletes put in some tremendous performaces at the Western Region Cross Country Championship for Uneven Ages, held at Creagh Ballinasloe on Sunday 3rd November. Our U11 girls got the day offf to a flying start when they won a silver team medal for Athenry AC, with Kaci Moran, Ellie Cronin and Chloe Quirke also winning gold medals with the Galway County team who finished in top spot. We also saw great running from Caitlin Mullen, Laura Kenny, Saoirse Healey, and Ciara Griffin, all of whom win silver team medals.