Another week and another great 5km race to enjoy. As someone said to me in Loughrea last night, "We don't realise how 'spoilt' road runners are in Galway". It certainly was a great night for running in balmy is slightly windy conditions. The organisation was once again superb as the experienced and dedicated Loughrea volunteers and officials provided another opportunity for runners and walkers to test temselves over a challenging course.
Carramore 10k: l-r Ann Lennon (Mayo AC) 1st o35, race winner Catherine Conway (Mayo AC), 2nd place Lucy Brennan (Sligo AC) - Photo: Tom Hunt (Mayo AC)
Carramore hosted their annual 10k Road Race last Saturday evening. The rain held off for the duration and the race was a great success, with a large contingent of Galway athletes making the trip to this excellent race. Mayo AC had a great night out at the races filling the first three places in the senior men's results and Catherine Conway also claimed the women's senior title.
In this age when everyone is running to try and beat their times at various distances (especially during the Galway 5km series) it was a refreshing change when we found out that the timing machine was not able to provide runners times during the event!
Another absolutely beautiful evening in Craughwell was a gift from heaven for Galway 'fitness freaks' last night. The small roads that suround the beautiful East Galway town were thronged with cotton and lycra clad runners and walkers of all varieties. It was quickly clear that there would be a large turnout given that the local club were accepting 'one off' entries on the night. The increased numbers on the night only served to increase the sense of excitement and anticipation amongst the assembled crowd.
What do you think. Would we get away with calling that another fine dry evening for a race in the Galway 5km series?
As usual the race organisation was flawless in Tuam - we even had a camper van for number pick-up. Now that's posh! Brendan, Patricia, Rory and the rest of the Tuam AC membership deserve great credit for putting on a great show in Tuam. The rest of us really appreciated it folks - take a bow!
On of the most underappreciated jobs in race organisation, because it's a hidden role I think, is the one of preparing a race result. It happens when all of the excitement has died down after the event and often in the dead of night with many people anxiously awaiting confirmation of their fantastic performances (or not as the case may be). As you might guess the rewards are thin on the ground - satisfaction at a job well done being the only one that springs to mind - and the hazards of making a mistake can be considerable in terms of ‘grief’.
Hard to know where to start but I'll try and keep things brief at the same time!
It was a great honour for myself and Athenry AC to have 375 out in Newcastle yesterday evening for the first race of the 4th year of this ever-successful Galway 5KM May Series. It was also the series' 16th race in the three years and we have yet to experience a drop of rain, unlike the night before and this evening! The Big Man/Woman continues to smile down on us...