One of the highlights of the 50th Hollymount Road Races celebrations on November 15th will be the unveiling of a plaque containing the names of all winners (men and women) since 1966. The plaque will go on permanent display in the village. The list of names contains an awesome array of athletes who have won in Hollymount, and certainly surpasses the dreams that Seán and Tom Reilly had when they established the race in their local village almost a half century ago.
Result from the Crumlin 5KM & 8KM attached, from Saturday 24 October.
Congratulations to Sarah Gilhooley and Shannen Lee who were representing Athenry AC at the Autumn Open Cross Country 4K in Phoenix Park today. The girls finished a fantastic 28th and 30th place in times of 18.17 and 18.41 respectively. Both girls are in great running form at the moment and both featured prominently in the recent Galway XC championships with Sarah taking both the U15 and U16 titles and Shannen taking bronze in the U18 championship running out of age.
** Race result attached **
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!
Lyall finished 6th in today's Cork to Cobh 15 mile road race in approx 1:28:20. This was a big target race for Lyall as it is an indicator for the New York marathon which takes place in 4 weeks.
Beautiful weather conditions matched the superb condition of the palace grounds in Tuam for this years County cross country. James Lundon and co. had precedings running like clockwork, great organisation by all involved
Some fantastic juvenile races kept us entertained prior to the adult events. Emma Moore (Caroline's daughter) stormed home in the U12's while Tomas and Jane Mangans sons Geordan and Fabien were in flying form also to name but a few.
Galway Bay 10km, Half Marathon and Marathon all kicked off on this morning. The race started and finished alongside the famous Claddagh Quay on the edge of Galway City. The Marathon was the first race of the day starting at 9.00am. Weather conditions were perfect (although it felt a bit cold while standing around!). 203 runners lined up to take on the course, a lovely flat route of 4 laps.
So with the countdown begun to our annual trek to Dublin it's time to unveil our secret weapon for the National Marathon Championships, the one & only Haile Gebrselassie.
The winner of two Olympic Gold medals, four Worlds Outdoor & four Worlds Indoor Golds plus long time holder of the marathon distance world record, Haile has recently retired from elite competition & is looking for a new target. Athenry AC have been lucky enough to convince him that his next challenge lies in the West of Ireland.