The 5k championships welcomed a larger than usual number of competitors to Newcastle on Sunday 18th. Thirty seven souls delayed their Sunday lunch to run the loop, a number of them for the first time and glad we were to see them.
Athenry Club News
In the early hours of Friday 2nd September, Paul Hession took to the track for his 4th successive World Athletics Championships in South Korea. Running in Heat 3, Paul came home in a creditable 4th place, against some stiff competition in a time of 21.02.
The first three from each heat qualified along with the three fastest from the non-automatic qualifiers. Due to some very fast heats, Paul did not make the three fastest losers.
Athletics training for all ages is back next Monday September 5. Little athletics children born 2004 and 2005 will be on a Monday night in Vocational school gym from 7 to 8 oclock. There is a 2euro charge per child. All other ages born 2003 and older will be training on Monday and Wednesday nights moonbaun pitch on the left after the soccer club from 6.45 to 7.45. If there are any parents willing to lend a hand and get involved please make contact with a coach at any of the sessions. See you all then.
Paul Hession is in action at the World Athletics Championships this week.
Another success story from the Community Games has reached us here at Athenry AC Central.
Since the late and much-lamented Killimor 4M Road Race (organised by Mary and Thomas Porter) there was been no road race of that distance in the Galway calendar.
This oversight is being rectified this weekend with the first running of South Galway AC's Kilcolgan Castle 4M - see Upcoming Event information elsewhere on this web site for full details.
What I don't recalling seeing before for a local race is a full course run-through on YouTube:
Over the next 2 weekends the Community Games National Finals will be held in AIT, Athlone, over 2,500 children from all corners of the country will participate over the weekends, they will be supported by over 600 volunteers and organisers, as well as family members and friends Athenry Area will have 8 athletes taking part, all have qualified for the National Finals by winning Gold at the Galway County Finals, the athletes taking part are as follows:
Grace Cahill Athenry AC Long Jump U14
Conor Gillen Craughwell AC Marathon U16
Lorna Hannon Athenry AC Marathon U16
Our very own Jane-Ann Healy stormed to victory in Ireland's first Kilomarathon (26.2km) last Sunday in Moone Village Co. Kildare. All her had work of recent weeks have obviously paid off with some spectacular racing performances, not least this very impressive win.
Sprinter Paul Hession has qualified for the Olympic Games after achieving the A qualification time at the Senior Track and Field Championships in Dublin.
The Irish 200m record holder won today's event at the Morton Stadium, Santry in a time of 20.51.
He was pushed all the way by Under-23 European finalist Steven Colvert who was second in 20.84.
European Under-23 400m silver medallist Brian Gregan was third in a personal best time of 21.09.
Congrats to Darragh McShane of the club on winning the recent Jog in the Bog event over in Clooninagh, Tuam.