On January 6th, 1592 Art O’Neill, his brother Henry, and Red Hugh O'Donnell made a bid for freedom from Dublin Castle. It was the middle of winter and Ireland was held fast in its icy clutches but they hoped to reach the relative safety of the remote Glenmalure Valley over 50km away.
Ill equipped and underfed they were the only prisoners ever to successfully escape captivity from Dublin Castle but it was an ill fated journey with Art O’Neill dying from exposure only miles from his goal.
A huge crowd thronged Galway City centre yesterday afternoon Friday, 1 January 2016 for the 6th running of the Resolution Run 5k, West of Ireland style. Athenry AC were very well represented at the event, young and not so young. Nice to see Bernie Mulryan back on the roads after a long injury layoff but also a number of younger Athenry AC singlet clad athletes making it around, some in very impressive times.
Provisional result of today's (Sunday, 13 December 2015) road races in Kiltullagh are attached.
Congrats to Chris Deakin on a PB, getting close to 38 minutes for the distance - he looked very well coming though as well. Also good to see Liz Broderick back on the road after a serious setback in the week of the DCM which prevented her from competing, especially after having all the work done. Well done to all from the club for supporting the event, both on the road but organisationally too.
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!