The second running of the Gort RFC 10KM took place today (Sunday, 20 October) on a relatively flat course on the Tubber/Beagh side of Gort, starting and finishing in the Square in the town itself.
Congrats to Peter Minihane and his efficient crew of helpers on a well organised race, both before and after, especially their ability to keep the rain away, with it stopping just before the race started exactly at 2PM, and staying away for the rest of the afternoon.
The 3rd North East Galway 10k Road Race held on Sunday 13th October and attracted runners from various athletic clubs in Galway, Mayo and along with fantastic community support and race participation, it was a great day. Some photos and comments can be viewed on our Facebook page shortly.
I would like to thank everyone who helped out on the day in the planning and organising of the event. Without an active Community, what do you have?
Following a Spanish winner last year, this year’s Conamara 10k had a more local flavour, with Athenry man, Richard Meaney coming home first in 38:19. First woman home was Barbara Bergin from Indreabhán, who was also the first F50 home, in a time of 46:30.
Indeed, it was a good day for vets, with a very strong performance by Martin McEvilly in the over 60 age bracket, who finished second overall in 38:35 after being neck and neck with the eventual winner up until the 9.5km mark.
East Galway AC held their annual 10km race in Moylough this afternoon in which Ray Somers put aside his recent hip troubles to place a credible second in 36.25, one minute behind Mick Fogarty of Athlone Tri Club. Tommy Joe White of Tuam AC made up the podium a further minute behind Ray.
It was another busy week for Athenry AC with over 30 members taking part in races across the country & further afield.
The fourth edition of the Athlone ¾ Marathon was held in Glasson on Sunday with 17 members toeing the line on a scenic but hilly course. Many were using this race as the last long run in their marathon schedules before they start tapering down their distances over the next three weeks. In wet & muggy conditions most found the going tough but were happy with their times & go forward to Dublin in a positive frame of mind.
Saturday night last, 31 August, saw the local action move to Shanaglish, outside Gort, and the 4th running of the Martin Egan [*] Memorial 10KM. A poorish turnout of 73 (only 27 of whom were club affiliated) took to the hills and valleys of the area, over the now familiar pan-handled course. Margaret Walsh (South Galway AC) and her local committee put on a great show and all for only E15. The organisers were a bit disappointed with the turnout on the evening, which was conducive to road racing, albeit a bit windy.