With the inclement weather all day prior to this race we were guaranteed a smaller entry than last week but still had 640 starters in Loughrea for the second leg of this years series. Whilst the rain stayed away for the race the runners faced into a tough wind for the first 2.5km until they turned back towards Loughrea & 'The Hill'.
As always there was a large club turnout for the annual Colemanstown 10k on Saturday. Known for its flat & fast course, the windy weather kept the fast times away last year but there was no such problems this time around with summer-like conditions on offer.
34 members completed the course with Jane Ann Healy (Meehan) taking the honours in the womans race in a time of 38.51 whilst Ray Somers was third man home in a time of 36.24, the fastest 10k time posted by a member this year. Owen Byrne of Galway City Harriers took the win in the mens race.
In typical Connemara weather, where after 4 hours I still couldn’t figure out which way the wind was blowing (and it was blowing), there were some very impressive times posted across the three distances on offer in Sunday’s Connemarathon.
Another great turnout by Athenry in New Inn for their 3rd annual 5k.
It was a cracking day out there & the heat caught a few of us by surprise but there were still a few PB's produced. Gearoid Rohan, Ruth Ann Sheahan, Jane Ann Healy & Ronan McCarthy all improved on their 5k times.
Tiernan Burke produced nearly a 2 minute PB with a 20.25 & now has Frank worriedly looking over his shoulder. Bragging rights in the Burke household could be hotly contested come the 5k series I think.