The first race in the first ever Roscommon 5k Series kicked off bang on time in Roscommon town last Wednesday night, and Athenry's Conor Dolan took full advantage of this new fixture to put in a barnstorming run. Conor finished 2nd in 16.39 behind none other than suprise entrant Shane Healy, a former Irish Olympian over 1500m. Well done Conor. First lady home was Dalia Benedetti in 21:55 followed by Sandra Martin in 22:13.
Results of a Race
Just for completeness, scabbed directly from:
A fantastic evening's entertainment out in Oranmore last Wednesday night.
A perfectly formed out-and-back course.
A lovely evening for racing.
A massive crowd.
A lovely light blue technical top for starters...plus a ballpoint pen!
A pity about the hill from one to two KM but perfection is almost impossible as they say :).
Lots of refreshments afterwards.
Very successful first running of the South Galway AC Kilcolgan Castle 4M road race yesterday afternoon! Results in usual formats attached.
More to follow in due course.
P.S. Those free oysters were lovely :-).
(Report with thanks to www.connemara100.com)
For some, a marathon is as far as the imagination runs, but for fifteen athletes the prospect of running one hundred miles in Connemara lay ahead on August 13. The Connemara 100 Mile Ultra Marathon, now in it's third year drew the biggest field to date. Starting in Clifden at 6.00am on Saturday and traveling non-stop through the hills and valleys of Connemara, the scenery provided some distraction during the longest single road race in the country.
Another rainy weekend in Galway, but there wasn't much fatigue just a week after the Streets of Galway with a good club showing at the annual Claregalway 10km .
Local GCH athlete Matt Bidwell once again took the honours in 32:58.
Another GCH member, Helen Corbett, took the women's race in 41:40.
First Athenry AC athlete home was Brian Bruton in 35:47. Mark Breen placed as second V40 male in a time of 0:37:18.
The weather just about held, and there was a great club turnout once again for the annual Streets of Galway 8km race. Results are only available in PDF format (copy attached in finish, not chip order with thanks to Galway City Harriers) so I don't have a full breakdown of the individual club performances.
A little belated but here are the Galway County Track and Field results for 2011 (Thursday 16th, 23rd and 30th June).
As home to the 'fastest white man in the world', Paul Hession, Athenry AC have their own track claim to fame, but numbers participating from the club weren't high this year.
Brian Bruton placed well in a competitive men's 5000m on night 1. Alan Burke picked up a bronze medal, while managing to avoid the dreaded DFL in a small field in the men's 400m on night 1, and had a solid run in the 1500m on night 2.
A huge congratulations to Frank Burke, who successfully completed his first Ironman distance triathlon in Bolton, England on Sunday.
It's a challenging distance, with a 2.4 mile swim and 112 mile cycle, followed by a 26 mile run.
His results were as follows:
Swim 1:07 (nice)
Bike 6:28 (great bike on one of the toughest Ironman bike courses - very windy and hilly)
Nice to see a sprinkling of Athenry AC runners in the first page of the results!
Another excellent event I've been reliably told.
I was otherwise detained in another part of the city, for my sins, refereeing (badly!) an U-16 B hurling game. The less said about that the better, so as to protect the guilty.
Results - again courtesy of our friends in www.RedTagTiming.com - are attached.