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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information to add.
By David Noone
Thanks to Mary Barrett, Sarah Finnegan and all their helpers on a super job earlier in the summer (late-June and early-July) getting through these championships in one piece :-).
The results are attached below for posterity from the three days' competitions!
Renville 5KM Result (11 July):
Keith Connolly 8KM Result (22 July):
Salthill 5KM Relay Result (26 July):
Turloughmore Hurling Club held its inaugural 5k Run/Walk on Saturday (28 July) in Coolarne.
Over 150 people – both young and old participated. The race got underway just after 6pm.
Race conditions were quite blustery and the rain managed to stay away until one shower midway the race, which was probably a welcome sight to some of the runners!
The first man home was Julio Cesar F.Castro of Kilmurry Ibrikane AC in a blistering time of 16:14. He was followed closely by Jason Broderick of Craughwell AC in a time of 16:24.
The 2nd annual Roscommon 5k Series will kick off in County Roscommon on Wednesday August 22nd. Organised by the Roscommon County Board of Athletics Ireland, this event involves a series of 5km runs on four consecutive Wednesday evenings.
Each race will take place in a different location around the county with Roscommon town, Boyle, Taughmaconnell, and Lanesboro each hosting an event. The series is designed to cater for everyone aged 18 or over, regardless of experience or fitness level and will allow participants to track their fitness from race to race as the series progresses.
Identify the people in these portraits. Clue: One of them runs 99.95 miles farther than the other. First Prize: One Year Free Entry to the Connemara 100. Second Prize: 5 Years Mandatory Free Entry to the Connemara 100.
Despite missing many regulars, Athenry's ladies placed first in the team prize at the 25th annual Claregalway 10k (formally known as "Clare River Harriers Athletic Club 25th Annual Road Race"). The team comprised Lorna Freeman, Fiona Lane, and Liz Broderick and none have ever won a prize of any description before this one. Well done on that, ladies.
Our men - Ray Somers, David Noone, Enda Munnelly, Adrian Fitzmaurice - also did well to place second behind a strong Galway City Harriers. Ray continued his good form by coming 9th overall in 37:15.
By Sinéad Brody
I really don’t write much about running, I mean I could give you a lecture for hours on how to run badly, about the quality of that.. but all my news is out of date I’m telling ya, the starting-out-too-fast syndrome is common knowledge but I think for us three ladies, Sinéad Foran, Miriam Wall and I, this syndrome is fading away.