It was another busy week for Athenry AC with over 30 members taking part in races across the country & further afield.
The fourth edition of the Athlone ¾ Marathon was held in Glasson on Sunday with 17 members toeing the line on a scenic but hilly course. Many were using this race as the last long run in their marathon schedules before they start tapering down their distances over the next three weeks. In wet & muggy conditions most found the going tough but were happy with their times & go forward to Dublin in a positive frame of mind.
Saturday night last, 31 August, saw the local action move to Shanaglish, outside Gort, and the 4th running of the Martin Egan [*] Memorial 10KM. A poorish turnout of 73 (only 27 of whom were club affiliated) took to the hills and valleys of the area, over the now familiar pan-handled course. Margaret Walsh (South Galway AC) and her local committee put on a great show and all for only E15. The organisers were a bit disappointed with the turnout on the evening, which was conducive to road racing, albeit a bit windy.
A massive crowd in Oranmore on Wednesday evening (21 August) for the second running (2011 was the first) of their out-and-back 5KM. A number of Athenry AC runners took part. The weather held up, though there was a bit of an onshore breeze to buffet the runners on the outward out. Congrats to Maree AC on a successful race. The result is here.
The Great Glinsk Gallop has galloped its first race! Thank you to everyone who braved the tail end of the heatwave in July to support Caisleán Óir, Glinsk Community Childcare http://www.caisleanoir.com/ ; all the runners, walkers, volunteers, marshals, MC, warm-up lead, music, refreshments and prize-givers...and many many more who helped make this day possible. It was a great afternoon and the weather was perfect, not too hot and with a cooling breeze as people ran to the finish line!