On the way to this race, a pal asked me what time I thought I’d run. I said that, all going well, with a fair wind (or none) and a pinch of good luck, the best I could hope for was around 2:52 – but that over 3:00 was entirely possible. In short, I really hadn’t a freaking clue. In light of how things worked out on the day, I won’t really complain.
The 4th flatline Athlone half marathon and 10km took place yesterday Saturday 12th September 2015 at St. Aloysius College. The event is run by runners for runners and they pride themselves on being one of the best organized and best value for money races in the country. They did not disappoint us!
This year saw the 30th anniversary of the Streets of Galway 8km road race. Since its inception in 1986 the event has grown in to one of the most prestigious road races in the country, yet remains true to its original motto of Sport for All, as many locals and visitors continue to run the event annually.
Headford 8km took place on Saturday 4th July in Headford town.
This charity event now in its 11th year saw almost 240 athletes complete the distance in very mixed weather. All proceeds from the race go to charities supporting children with disabilities. To date the race has raised over €35,000 and provides valuable additional funds to support children in their own communities by providing short breaks, respite and in-home supports.
The club is hosting a relay event on Tuesday 30th June which promises to be very exciting! There are approx 23 teams (3 runners per team) taking part! Race Director Mr Jim Leahy has put a lot of time and effort in to organising this event. He has given great consideration to team names which I hope does not reflect our performance (Turtles, Sloths). Meeting at the Church Car Park at 7.45pm to collect our name badges and "formulate our race strategy" we will be briefed on the "do's" and "don't" before running to the starting point on the link road. Promises to be an enjoyable event!
The Monivea Half Marathon and 5km took place today, Saturday 28 June.
The 5km is in its 6th year and the half marathon in its 3rd. The half marathon was the official County Galway AAI Championship Half for 2015 and Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in addition to the usual cash prizes in all categories.
I think it all started a long time ago when I was in 3rd class in school, the school sports day was coming up and we had to pick the events we wanted to enter. As a 7 year old you were expected to go in the 60m 80m and 100m, maybe chance the long Jump or the high jump.
Bullaun's 8km saw approx. 130 athletes participate last Saturday evening (20 June). Mark Walsh was first across the line in 28.43. Hot on his heels was Craughwell ACs Damien Larkin in 28.46 with Athenry ACs Gearoid Rohan finishing 3rd in 29.30.
Another member of Athenry AC Jane Ann Healy was first woman home in 29.57 (and 5th overall). There was only seconds between Tammie Corrigan 35.28 and Sinead Martin 35.33 who finished in 2nd and 3rd place.
Saturday 13th June 2015... Portumna hosted their annual event. This year, athletes from Athenry AC took part in every distance, half marathon, marathon, 50km and 100km. The latter started at 7am as Jim Leahy took on the challenge of running his first 100km race setting himself the target time of sub 10hrs. We all believed Jim could do it, and he did, running the race of a lifetime. For months Jim has been pounding the roads around Athenry and Craughwell, clocking up the miles in preparation for the big day.