The fourth Boston Scientific 5km road race took place last night (Wednesday, July 13th) in glorious sunshine in Maree. Over 220 runners took to the roads - from Boston Scientific, local running clubs (Athenry AC, Galway City Harriers, Craughwell AC, Clare River Harriers among others) and Ohio!! The race raised over €3400 for Cope, BSC's chosen charity of the year.
What is noteworthy (for me anyhow) is that a good friend of AAC and a well known character on the road race circuit here in Galway, ran sub-40 for the first time ever: Gabriel Gardiner of neighbouring club, Craughwell AC, and native of Ardrahan.
A sincere and heartfelt congratulations. It really puts it up to the rest of us who haven't broken through this barrier yet.
The results of the 2nd annual Portumna 100km/50km/Marathon/5KM are attached. I am sorry not to have made it out to support a number of Athenry AC athletes, in particular 'tiny' Ed Egan who is in fantastic form at present, but I can't be everywhere at once.
I am very gratified to note that a neighbour's child, Mike Cunningham, took the 50KM victory. Good to see that Cappamore are able to produce more than the odd good rugby (or hurling) player.
Despite neglecting her running career this year to work on her cycling, including a very recent successful Malin to Mizen trip on the June bank holiday, Athenry AC member Miriam Wall took gold in the Cope Triathlon (sprint distance 750m/ 20km/ 5km) held in Salthill last Sunday, June 12th.