Three Athenry AC men featured on both evenings of the Galway Track and Field championships recently at Dangan. All three, Iain Shaw, Peadar Nugent, and Pearse Hunter, entered into the spirit of the championships by competing in a variety of events. Iain by the way is now best known as a field event man but in his prime he was a quality sprinter with a best 100m in less than 10.8.
The annual Tonabrucky Challenge took place on Saturday, 9 June. The race now in its second year aimed to raise money for the Rahoon-Newcastle Hurling Club and Pieta House. The 6km course, which is Jones Counter Measured, and the event AAI Permitted, took in the town lands of Tonabrucky, Drum, Boleybeg, Mincloon and the famous Tonabrucky Hill.
Over 230 runners and walkers took part in the third annual running of this event. The day turned out gloriously sunny but not too warm – perfect for running. The summery weather and the big crowds contributed to a very festive atmosphere in the village which was greatly enjoyed by all.
Despite the weather at the weekend it didn't dampen the spirits of those who turned out in such large numbers for the second running of the Cong 8km (in aid of Cancer Care West) on Sunday morning. The rain had just held off at the start of the event with the sun looking to break through by the time the first finisher came home.
A total of 285 runners registered for the event with 260 participants on the day.