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.
Athenry Club News
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.
See here for the proceedings from yesterday's (Sunday, 20 October) Galway Uneven Ages XC in Craughwell.
From our on-the-ground correspondent:
Some brilliant performances put in again on a tough day. Windy conditions led to some fun (for want of a better description) off-road sections on the bike.
Frank Burke 4:39:12 – 84th / 1407 - 28th MV40
Jim Leahy 4:47:06 – 114th / 1407 - 1st MV50
Ronan McCarthy 4:52:56 – 136th / 1407
Sub 5 in this race is a very good result so they are cracking times.
Kenneth O’ Hara 5:46:20 – 539th / 1407
Ollie Kyne 5:53:53 – 606th / 1407
Orla Stevens 6:08:17 – 750 / 1407 - 10th FV40
Good news from the Masters last weekend with three different club members bringing home medals: Peadar Bolt...sorry...Nugent, Martin Farah...sorry...Keane and Dave...Shefflin...sorry.
Peadar takes pride of place medalling in the M8 in 100M (bronze), 200M (silver) and 400M (silver).
Martin was third V7 in the 5000M.
Dave was third V2 in the 400M.
Congrats and well done to all who competed!
Provisional result are here.
It took from last October bank holiday Monday to Burger Run Friday evening to get all three women together who won team medals in the W50 category in the National Marathon to receive their medals, but got them together we did, eventually.
Congrats to Maire Treasa, Bridget Ann and Frances! Forget about the fella in the picture beside them. He only spent nearly as long, getting their medals and then putting them all together in the same place at the one time.
NOTE: This was a track race, the entire distance was run on a 400m track (changing direction every four hours). There are separate records for 24 hours on a road, on a track, and indoors. Ruthann now holds the 24H Irish Women's road record (from Poland last year), and the the track; while Val Glavin holds the indoor record.