After some recent weather more befitting Noah’s Ark, the annual Maree 8k couldn’t have been more different. Glorious sunshine & a headwind in sections greeted the 326 runners who turned out for the 5th edition of this event.
News is hitting Athenry that our very own Assumpta Feeney has won the Squat and Deadlift and came 3rd in the Bench at the Irish DrugFree Powerlifting Championships in Dublin today. These were the single lift championships and Assumpta was competing in the 70Kg SNR womens category. These results mean Assumpta will now go to the World Championships in Germany in June. Well done Assumpta, this is absolutely fantastic news. Now if we can only get a shot putt and a hammer in your hand ....
Three members of Athenry AC have at least one marathon under their belts even at this early stage of the year after Ruthann Sheahan, Valerie Glavin & Ed Egan completed the East of Ireland Marathon Series, Longwood Marathon last weekend.
After easing herself back into training over the last couple of months this was Val’s first completed marathon after a three year hiatus. But knowing Val, this is surely only the start & with a 4.25 completion time this was possibly used as a training run for bigger & better things in Donadea next month.
Kudos to the nearly 190 hardy souls who braved the elements for yesterday’s 2nd annual Coldwood 4 mile race. Starting & finishing at the National School on the N6, the heavy winds didn’t prevent some decent racing with both the men’s & women's course records falling on the day.
Athenry juvenile athletes enjoyed a very successful outing at the Galway indoor Athletics Championship held in Athlone IT International Arena last weekend (18 January). The first race of the day saw the Athenry U13 girls team, Aoibhe Deeley, Ciara McDonagh, Sinead Lyons, Saoirse Healey and Freya Bohan, get the club off to a flying start winning a gold medal with a superb performance in the 4x100m relay.
The sun shone long enough for most runners to finish today's race on a fine crisp afternoon for running the 10th Tuam 8km which was again hosted brilliantly by the Mongahans & all at Tuam AC today.
First home was Paddy Hamilton of Annadale Striders in 24.21, 11 seconds off the course record which is currently held by current National Marathon Champion, Sean Hehir. Paddy was out front on his own for most of the race & was well clear of the field with Stephen McKeigue of Ferbane AC nearly two & a half minutes behind in second. Fintan Hyland of GCH completed the podium.
Those who ran in Craughwell before Christmas will not forget it in a hurry; neither will the few spectators who braved the elements that day!
A provisional result is attached below (thanks to Tony Nevin).
The image here says it better than any of my words could (Ed Egan, Ruthann Sheahan, Valerie Glavin, David Noone, George Livanos):
Well who knew Shop Street was so steep!
A race that, only in its fourth year, has already become a staple in many people’s racing calendar’s, today’s Resolution Run 5km was another well organised race from Tony Killarney & his band of merry helpers. After basking in sunshine last year the weather was less inviting this time around with a cold breeze & showers keeping the waiting masses huddled closely at the start line.
Firstly, our apologies for the delay in getting this report & attached photo links uploaded. Between a series of electricity & broadband outages in the Athenry area due to the recent storm we were unable to get this sorted earlier.
It’s ‘As you were’ at this year’s 12th edition of the Fields of Athenry 10km as returning champions Eilish Kelly & Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock AC retained their titles whilst Mick also took gold in the male team category.
Please find attached a PDF (9.32MB) of the race booklet which was available at the race for free.
P.S. All previous booklets are stored in the following locations: