Whilst the country is experiencing some awful weather at the minute we are expecting a nice fresh morning on Thursday 26th for our annual Fields of Athenry 10km. It's looking like the worst of the weather will pass by this evening with a dry day tomorrow lasting through to Thursday afternoon.
For some people, the tradition of coming to Athenry on 26th December for the Fields 10km goes back a while - in fact, back to the beginning. For these 8 people, this is a solid tradition, and they do whatever it takes to make it to the start line every year.
Tommy Joe Whyte risked the rath of his boss in Scotland in early 2010. The 2009 race was postponed - indeed postponed twice - but Tommy was due to return to Scotland to work. I'm not sure what he did, but he managed to hang around and he was on the startline for the eventual running of the race in late January.
Athenry AC, hosts of the nationally famous ‘Fields of Athenry 10km’ road race each Dec 26th, has this year announced a tie-in with the Athenry Tidy Towns Committee. A contribution from the proceeds from this year’s race will be made to support the work of the Tidy Town Committee.