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.
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.
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.