The penultimate race of this year's 5km series brought us to Claregalway. A lovely warm and pleasant evening with 638 athletes turning out in force. This week 80 members of Athenry AC gathered along the starting line to take on the single lap race which started and finished at the Claregalway Corporate Park. There was great local support again this year and in particular along the final kilometre. Athenry's Martin Keane finished in 25:35 running his best 5km in years on the back of running a half marathon in Portugal on Sunday! What a man!
Results of a Race
Over half way through the 5km series as 587 athletes took on the one loop circuit in Tuam on Tuesday. Athenry AC was represented by 77 from the club with Deirdre Brophy winning the women's race and Fergal Walsh finished 5th overall. There were 8 PB's reported but possibly more! A great nights running by the club. GCH finished very strong again this week taking 1st and 2nd places in both the men's and women's races. Also a great race by Shauna Bocquet Craughwell AC who finished second overall.
We were greeted by a glorious evening in Loughrea yesterday, which saw the third race of this six race event. Numbers were down from last week with 661 athletes 83 of whom were from Athenry AC taking on this leg of the Galway 5km series. For those of us who had run this course previous, there was talk about "the hill". To put it in perspective the minimum elevation was 73m climbing to a max elevation of 106m that's 33m or 108ft! A tough climb! After the race I overhear someone say they didn't remember it "being that bad"! The hill is in 2 parts which makes it deceiving.
Last nights race was hosted by Craughwell AC. 88 athletes from Athenry AC (1 less than last week!) donned the maroon and white for the second leg of the series. A total of 732 runners completed the 5km distance. There was a significant improvement in the weather from last week with some sunshine making pleasant and perfect running conditions! The route remained the same as last year, starting at the school and taking us through the village before turning left at the bottom of the hill and looping around finishing at the bridge in Ballywinna.
It's that time of the year again, the much loved Galway 5km series! For the past number of years the first leg has been hosted by Athenry AC. This year GCH kicked off the series by hosting the event in Ballybrit Racecourse. A cold and windy night but it was dry (with the exception of a few drops!) so we had very little to complain about! 727 athletes lined up at the racecourse to take on a variety of terrains over the 5km distance. There was a headwind which was challenging on parts of the one and a half loop course, a new route from 2014.
Congrats to all in Labane on the successful running of the latest iteration of the GSP-sponsored 10KM, today, Sunday 17 April 2016.
Full result & prizes attaced.
Men's winners below:
New Inn's 5th annual road race took place today. There was good running conditions for the race as 261 runners, joggers and walkers took on the one loop course. The rain held off for the duration of the race allowing most of the competitors to complete the course and get home dry! Numbers were down on last year but there was still a great turn out and great support.
Results: Wheelchair Shaun's Bocquet Craughwell AC 17:12 (finished 3rd overall)
Colemanstown Soccer Club always put on a great race and they kept the ball rolling in 2016 with another great day out for the annual 10K. This was year 6 of the run and sometime between the kids race and the start of the main race the marquee had a fit of giggles and decided that R Kelly might have been on to something. Turns out though that marquees can't fly, or at least not for very long or very far thankfully. The post-race goodies were saved and moved to the clubhouse, a great example of the behind the scenes work that goes on at races.
We've been longing for a day like this for quite some time now, after the wind and rain of the last number of months we got the most absolute perfect conditions today for the annual Craughwell 10 mile and boy did it show in the results. All the talk was of PBs at the end, some very big ones too for Athenry AC runners, so lets start the report right there....