Saturday, 8 Setpember, dawned bright and very warm in South Galway for the second annual Kilcolgan Castle 4M road race sponsored by South Galway AC.
Over 110 toed the line around the very scenic four mile pan-handled course. First home was local athlete, Peadar Harvey of the neighbouring club, Cruaghwell. He was followed closely by former Athenry stalwart but now unattched, Conor Dolan. Peadar's equally young teammate, Neil Greaney was third. Our own Mick Rice, less than a month after his latest epic 100 mile sojourn around Connemara, was 4th.
Over 100 runners took part in the Corrib/Mask half marathon challenge on Sunday the 26th of August last, in aid of the local Zambia Housing Project. The organisers were delighted with the turn out on this, the first year in holding the event. The weather was ideal for endurance running and the majestic scenery between Lough Mask and Lough Corrib further complimented the event. The race started and finished in the village of clonbur taking in the townland of Cloughbrack and the village of Cornamona.
Athenry athlete, Ruthann Sheahan, did brilliantly to finish 38th overall out of 248 finishers when running for Ireland at the 2012 IAU 24H WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Katowice, Poland on the weekend of 8-9 September. Ruthann finished 7th among the women and was only just beaten by Irishman John O'Regan.
The bustling and vibrant tourist town of Clifden was the setting on Sunday the 3rd of June 2012 for the 2nd annual Sky Road 10K Challenge. Over 160 participants were signed up for the big day. The route took participants on a tour of the famed SKY ROAD which is widely acknowledged as the most scenic route in all of Connemara and indeed as one of the most scenic routes in Ireland.
We had 51 runners at Newcastle for our 9th annual 5k handicapped Club Championships, we believe this to be a record turnout. It took us a while to figure some of the placings and times. Please let us know with a comment or a mail to email@example.com if you have any information to add.
A record entry and a lovely evening was had for the 6th running of the Athenry AC name-your-own-time 10K AKA 'The Burger Run' in Carnaun on Friday, 27 July 2012!
Run over the old (give or take) Fields course, this year's event attracted 40 entries. We even had some guest women unlike last year! Many of the stalwarts of previous events turned out again, with some returning stars also graced us with their presence, some who had not been seen racing for a number of years.
The fifth annual Boston Scientific 5k took place on Wednesday evening in Maree with a record field of 284 (mostly) smiling finishers. The organisers would like to thank all the people who took part in the race and who helped out in a myriad of ways. All proceeds will go to the Boston Scientific Charity of the Year – Ability West.
A bunch of three were inseparable from gun-to-tape and only 2.5 seconds separated TJ McHugh, Ian Egan and Billy King in a terrific sprint finish to the line. TJ’s winning time of 16:35 earned him first prize on the night.