There was a great showing by Athenry in todays Simon races in Galway this afternoon in both the 10k & 10 mile events.
In the 10mile we had four of the first eight home including two podium spots. In a race won by GCH's Gary Thornton in 57.28, Mick Rice was 2nd with a 1.02.35 & Jane Anne Healy was 3rd overall with a 1.05.36 & a gap of over seven minutes to the second placed female. Gearoid Rohan was 5th & Paul Hegarty 8th.
In the 10k event Tomas Kadzielawski was 6th home in a time of 39.24.Miriam Wall was 6th female home with a time of 45.20.
The third Mayfly 10k, was held on Saturday May 24th in cloudy weather with a fairly stiff breeze to boot. With the usual mix of competitive runners and local people hoping to complete their first 10k race, there was a super atmosphere in the town. With the previous years’ winners absent, the race organisers were unsure who to expect over the finish line in first place. A number of Galway City Harrier singlets were visible on the start line so smart money was on one of these! Last year’s female winner, Sinead Brody, was back to defend her title and with her recent form in the 5k series she was going to be a force to contend with! Local athlete Emer O’ Connell, Corrib AC, had a great novice cross country but picked up an early season injury and had only returned training a few weeks prior.
There was success for the Athenry women again on Saturday in both the 5k & Half Marathon distances in Monivea. On another glorious day for running (How does Tony K manage it??) Mairead Sullivan took her maiden win of the year in the 5k with a time of 21.43 & a deserved reward for her increased training since the turn of the year. Laura Garvey, also of Athenry, was second in 22.36, a strong run on her first appearance since last October due to injury. Josephine Heffernan was a further 30secs back in third.