The second annual Labane/Ardrahan/Galway Sports Partnership 10KM took place yesterday (Saturday, 20 April 2013) around the pan-handled course, starting and finishing in the interesting village of Labane, midways between Ardrahan and Gort, off the main Galway/Limerick Road.
The organiers put on a super show again, including ensuring the weather stayed dry albeit a bit windy, which buffeted the runners constantly over the first half of the race.
A full provisional result and prize list is attached below.
Lennane seemed strangely empty in the hour or so before the Half Marathon start on Sunday. However closer inspection revealed the whereabouts of the 2000+ starters behind every available wall, truck, pub, shed, outsized runner, etc., trying to get shelter from a gusty wind blowing from the East.
Some races have a special buzz and the Craughwell 10 Mile race certainly presses that button. Many targeted this race as their main Spring outing and nervous tension along with vigorous arm waving were all there in abundance before the 1 pm start.
Gerry Larkin and his enthusiastic band of helpers from the hinterland of Abbey did themselves and their village & parish proud with their organisational efforts today (17 March) in running the first Abbey 10KM Road Race.
Over 150 toed the line with the men's winner coming home a little under 37 and a half minutes later, Stuart Moloney of Mooreabbey Milers, but originally from much closer to Abbey I'm reliably told. The women's winner was a few minutes after that, Caroline Whiriskey of Loughrea AC, another child of a neighbouring parish.
One of the most historic races in Ireland, the Ballycotton 10, took place last Sunday, 3rd March. It used to be one of THE races of the year for Athenry AC but despite a nearby 10 miler in Craughwell and many other local alternatives we still got eight runners to the starting line this year.
Now in their third year, the Kinvara Rock And Road Half Marathon and 10k have thrived as very successful event races. The 2013 versions stopped the traffic for a while in the village last Saturday 2nd of March to let through the 531 finishers in the Half, and the fairly astonishing 713 finishers in the 10k race.
There is currently serious demand for all kinds of footraces at this juncture in time in the West of Ireland; long may it continue.