Firstly, our apologies for the delay in getting this report & attached photo links uploaded. Between a series of electricity & broadband outages in the Athenry area due to the recent storm we were unable to get this sorted earlier.
It’s ‘As you were’ at this year’s 12th edition of the Fields of Athenry 10km as returning champions Eilish Kelly & Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock AC retained their titles whilst Mick also took gold in the male team category.
Despite the gales & monsoon like rain that persisted for most of this morning, the clouds dried up for nearly 100 runners that turned out for the Ballinderreen 10km today.
Gary Thornton made a rare appearance on the local road running scene & was rewarded with a win, beating GCH clubmate Matt Bidwell into second with a time of 30.29, nearly a full two & a half minutes ahead of Matt. Julio Cesar Castro of Kilmurry was third with a 33.05.
The wet & blustery weather didn’t prevent a good turnout by the Athenry members for this local 5km race yesterday. Twenty club members toed the line with nine of those crossing the finish line in under 20 minutes, amongst those, Kieran Guiry, who after very many attempts :), dipped under the 20 minute marker for the first time. He did it in style too with a time of 19.26 & in current form it won't be long before he breaks the 19 minute barrier.
Congratulations to Jane-Ann Healy who made it two wins in the space of eight days, following up her win in Abbeyknockmoy last week with her 1st place in the Clarenbridge 10km today in 38.34. She was followed closely by another Athenry AC runner, Sinead Foran, who took second position a further 15 seconds back. They were well clear of the 3rd place female & after another close finish it looks like we will see some great battles between these two over the next year.
Full provisional result from the East Galway 4M (held in Abbeyknockmoy) yesterday, 17 November, is attached.
From the Race Director:
All here at East Galway Athletic Club were very pleased with the turnout for this year’s annual 4 Mile Challenge in Abbeyknockmoy last Sunday. Over 137 people registered for the event with 126 people completing this challenging course. For the 2nd year running the elements conspired against us, but despite that, a great response from other clubs helped to make this club race a great success and definitely one for the diaries.
Congrats to Jane-Ann Meehan who won the hilly Abbeyknockmoy 4mile road race today which was organised by East Galway Athletics Club. Further south Ruth Ann Sheahan was first lady home (& third person overall) with a brilliant 3.10 marathon in the Eddie Murphy Memorial marathon.
Normal service resumed yesterday in Corofin with Matt Bidwell continuing his dominance of the Galway road racing scene, taking 1st position in a time of 26.11, a full three & a half minutes ahead of 2nd placed Ian Egan of Tuam AC. Tuam also took the 3rd place with Tommy Joe White a further 44 seconds back.
The second running of the Gort RFC 10KM took place today (Sunday, 20 October) on a relatively flat course on the Tubber/Beagh side of Gort, starting and finishing in the Square in the town itself.
Congrats to Peter Minihane and his efficient crew of helpers on a well organised race, both before and after, especially their ability to keep the rain away, with it stopping just before the race started exactly at 2PM, and staying away for the rest of the afternoon.