After years of talking and planning, the development of the joint facility between Athenry Football Club and Athenry Athletics Club has finally begun.
When taking part in club training all athletes must wear a Hi-Vis top or vest and have a Headlight. This is mandatory for anyone taking part in the Tuesday night's Speed, Wednesday night's Fit4Life or Thursday's Tempo sessions.
Saturday morning running groups should wear Hi-Vis tops.
You will not be permitted to take part in the session unless you are properly kitted out.
Additional arm or leg reflectors are desireable but not essential as long as you have a headlight.
Safe running in 2016!
Congrats to Jane Ann Meehan who finished 3rd in the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile road race yesterday, Sunday 31 January.
This is one of the most competitive 10 mile races in the country, attracting elite athletes from every province. In excess of 2,500 competitors took on the single loop as the weather looked "favourably" on them!
I don't even know what the latest one is called but running in storms has become increasingly frustrating over the last two months and, unfortunately, it shows no sign of letting up for a few weeks yet. The only positive I can muster up....well it gives us the opportunity to over use some favourite running quotations.
"Ah it's early season, I'm not running for times yet."
"Ya know it's actually a great way to race, toughens you up for the hard season ahead."
"It wasn't near as bad as what I trained it yesterday."
Following the success of the last 2 years Athenry Physiotherapy & Performance Clinic are hosting another series of talks this Winter. "Two nights of the most recent advice for your physical, mental and intestinal health whilst performing in your chosen sport". Featuring Jane Ann Meehan of Athenry Physiotherapy and Performance Clinic, John Connolly of 'MindBody Hypnosis' and Bridget Wing, Nutrional Therapist. The series kicks off on Friday 5th February and again the following Friday 12th February at 7.30pm.
Ballinderreen 10km was originally set for the 29th November 2015 but due to flooding the race was re scheduled for Sunday 24th January 2016. Ballinderreen village is approximately 22 km south of Galway City and is a part of the townland of Ballinderreen. Baile an Doirín, means town of the little derry or little oakwood, suggesting the area may once have been more heavily forested with oak. This is a popular race due to its flat course offering an opportunity for a PB! Numbers were up slightly this year with 142 athletes taking on the single loop course.
Please find attached timetable for the Galway Indoors on Sunday January 24. Please arrive one hour before your event is due to start. Best of luck to everyone competing
A word of warning from the start. You simply can’t write a short report about this race, so if you’re not in the form for a saga, turn away now.
The Art O’ Neill has a great history to it but this will be long enough without going into that now, so you can read up on it here.
In its 12th year almost 390 athletes took part in the Tuam 8km today. The weather was cold and temperatures were hovering around 7 degrees with intermittent showers. GCH dominated the podium taking 5 of the 6 places. The top two men finished in the same order as last year, with Gary Thornton GCH taking the honours in 24.22 followed by Matthew Bidwell GCH 25.54. Michael O'Connor GCH finished 3rd in 27.10.
The proceeds from Athenry AC's Fit4Life race which took place in November 2015 were recently donated to local charity Athenry Cancer Care.
The cheque for €1,200 was presented by Frances Leahy (Race Director) at The Athenry Cancer Care premises on New Line, Athenry.
Thank you to everyone who supported the race and looking forward to seeing you again this year! Congrats to all concerned.