Hollymount ran their 50th road race last Sunday (15 November 2015) , in incredibly trying weather conditions (certainly not what was seen on Hawaii Five-0, either the ancient or more recent incarnation). A goodly crew from Athenry AC travelled up and scored a team prize in the men's race. Congrats to those who took part in the three races, and to the race organisation who pulled out all the stops to make the day a memorable one for all concerned.
The 5th North East Galway 10km race took place yesterday in Moylough. There was also a 1.5km run for children and a 5km walk/run. The temperature was a very pleasant 14 degrees (for this time of the year!). There was little or no wind, blue skies and the sun was shining! The route was one undulating lap giving an elevation of only 19 meters for the 75 athletes who took part in the race. The last km was downhill which was a very welcome sight for most. There was great support from the locals who gathered at garden gates and doorways along the route to cheers the athletes along their way.
The Athlone ¾ Marathon was on Sunday 4th October. The race in its 5th year started in the lovely village of Glasson just outside Athlone. The route a fantastic running experience with its beautiful scenic views but also challenging and many run this race in preperation for DCM at the end of the month. The course takes in magnificent lakeside views around Lough Ree on quite country roads passing local historical sites. Just over 800 athletes took part the challenge of running the 31.646km or 19.664 miles!
Subject: Results of today's Galway Primary Schools Cross Country finals
A big well done to all of the participants in today's primary schools cross country!
The weather smiled on us again on a glorious day in Renmore. Thanks to Renmore GAA club for the use of their changing rooms, to Galway City Council for the use of the playing fields, to the Civil Defence for the provision of first aid and to the army of helpers who as always help us to run off a very efficient event.
The Oranmore Coast Road 5km saw approx 114 athletes take part in this year's race. Matt Bidwell GCH won the race in 15.51 with Fergal Walsh just over 1 min behind crossing the line in 16.57. Michael Flanagan was third 17.21 and Athenry's James Corbett finished in 20.55.
For the ladies Barbara Dunne took the honours clocking 18.50. Athenry's Deirdre Brophy completed the distance in 19.35 taking second place. Edel Kelly took third place in 19.43. Congrats to all!
Killeeneen is located outside Craughwell and this is the second year they have run this event. The back to school road race took place on Thursday 10th September. Monies raised go towards the Killeeneen National School building fund. Just over 80 athletes took part in the race. Jason Broderick won the race and completed the distance in 15.44 followed by Peter O Sullivan 17.24 and Johnny Lane was third in 18.14. The first lady home was Edel Kelly with a chip time of 19.47. In second place was Fionnuala Keane 20.47 and Aideen Gilchrist took third place in 23.08. Congrats to all!
Many thanks to all who attended this year's Run in the Woods on Saturday, 5 September (eve of 2015 All-Ireland Hurling Final). With the 10km being a new addition, we figured numbers would be a little low but it certainly wasn't lacking in talent or spirit. A fabulous bunch of athletes entered what was a very challenging route right through the heart of the woods.
In the 5km the attendance was good and in particular with an increase in Junior entrants this year.