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.
The persistent rain failed to dampen the spirits of the 155 runners and walkers who took to the streets of Monivea for the second annual running of the 5K course. A further 30 parents and children participated in the family walk ensuring that very age group from 2 to 80 years was represented. All finished with a smile but were glad of the cups of tea and scones dished out by the hardworking volunteers in Monivea Rugby Club in the Community Centre afterwards
The last of the 5km series, and more rain didn't dampen club spirits with another great turnout of 65 athletes from the club.
GCH's Matthew Bidwell and Regina Casey were unbeatable with 6 wins from 6 races in the series.
Athenry AC's Brian O'Connor had a wonderful win at the Cong 8km on Saturday in a zippy 28:38.
Here's a short report from Adrian McKiernan, one of the organisers:
"We had a wonderful day and a great turnout when you take into account the other events that were on at the weekend also ie. Rough Diamond (Connemara), Sky Road 8km (Clifden), Ladies Mini Marathon (Dublin) etc.
We had 141 participants on the day and the general reports from everyone was that they loved the course............very unique...........well marshalled and challenging towards the end.
Week 5 of 6 and the wear and tear was starting to show. A slightly smaller crowd was out for the Dangan leg of the Galway 5km series. Only the really brave (or foolhardy) were attempting to better their 5km PB for the 5th time in as many weeks, on an interesting course which included every form of surface (gravel, grass, tarmac, cement...)
The course was fun, though, including a gallop across the new Park and Ride, a trot through NUIG campus, down the riverbank path and under the Quintennial bridge.