The square in Gort was bathed in unseasonably warm October sunshine when 160 hardy souls took off for the inaugural Gort RFC 10k run on Sunday last (21 October), in aid of the club & Spinal Injuries Ireland. The route took runners around the square, through Ballyhugh, Sheeaun and back into Gort via the Tubber road, with the Burren in the foreground for the first half, and Slieve Aughty in view for the second half of the race.
Moylough woke up to the sounds of hundreds of runners shuttling up and down an otherwise pretty deserted main street yesterday morning (14 October), from the hours of 10AM 'til after 2PM.
It was the occasion of the second North East Galway 10KM road race, organised by Linda Cummins and a veritable army of local volunteers! The weather just about stayed dry for the race and it was organised seamlessly by Linda and her crew.
Spanish runner, Jaime Lobo, set a new course record at the Conamara 10k on a glorious day in Carna last Saturday. Lobo won in 34:17 on a very scenic coastal course, the second year of a race that saw much faster race times than 2011. He was followed to second by Gearóid Hynes, and Richard Farnan of Galway City Harriers finished third in 35:11.
Word reaches the AAC.com newsdesk of the Marathon Club Ireland Championships, which took place last Saturday morning (22 September) in Portumna.
Ruthann Sheehan was first woman home (what deep well does this woman get her physical and mental strength from?) in 3:25’ish with Mick Rice first man home with 2:54 (another sub three). Neither of them won anything though as it was a handicap but the good new for Athenry AC does not stop there, with George Livanos probably winning with a new PB of 3:35-ish.
Claregalway 5KM in aid of Self Help Africa was held on Sunday 16th September in conjunction with Castlegar AC. Race organiser, Kathryn Casserly would like to thank everyone who turned out to support the race and to the wonderful group of volunteers who kindly helped before, during and after the race.
It was great to see young wheelchair athlete Shauna Bocquet compete in her first ever race, and we wish her all the success in what is a promising career.
Saturday, 8 Setpember, dawned bright and very warm in South Galway for the second annual Kilcolgan Castle 4M road race sponsored by South Galway AC.
Over 110 toed the line around the very scenic four mile pan-handled course. First home was local athlete, Peadar Harvey of the neighbouring club, Cruaghwell. He was followed closely by former Athenry stalwart but now unattched, Conor Dolan. Peadar's equally young teammate, Neil Greaney was third. Our own Mick Rice, less than a month after his latest epic 100 mile sojourn around Connemara, was 4th.
Over 100 runners took part in the Corrib/Mask half marathon challenge on Sunday the 26th of August last, in aid of the local Zambia Housing Project. The organisers were delighted with the turn out on this, the first year in holding the event. The weather was ideal for endurance running and the majestic scenery between Lough Mask and Lough Corrib further complimented the event. The race started and finished in the village of clonbur taking in the townland of Cloughbrack and the village of Cornamona.
Athenry athlete, Ruthann Sheahan, did brilliantly to finish 38th overall out of 248 finishers when running for Ireland at the 2012 IAU 24H WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Katowice, Poland on the weekend of 8-9 September. Ruthann finished 7th among the women and was only just beaten by Irishman John O'Regan.
The bustling and vibrant tourist town of Clifden was the setting on Sunday the 3rd of June 2012 for the 2nd annual Sky Road 10K Challenge. Over 160 participants were signed up for the big day. The route took participants on a tour of the famed SKY ROAD which is widely acknowledged as the most scenic route in all of Connemara and indeed as one of the most scenic routes in Ireland.