Results from tonight's race in Athenry. Well done everyone! http://www.redtagtiming.com/results/Galway5km2016_6_Athenry.pdf Race report to follow
The penultimate race of this year's 5km series brought us to Claregalway. A lovely warm and pleasant evening with 638 athletes turning out in force. This week 80 members of Athenry AC gathered along the starting line to take on the single lap race which started and finished at the Claregalway Corporate Park. There was great local support again this year and in particular along the final kilometre. Athenry's Martin Keane finished in 25:35 running his best 5km in years on the back of running a half marathon in Portugal on Sunday! What a man!
Ballyandreen '5' - May 26
Shanagarry '5' - June 23
Churchtown South '5' - July 28
Ballycotton '5' - August 25
Entry is E5 per event!
Anyone interested in going down to one of them during the summer?
Over half way through the 5km series as 587 athletes took on the one loop circuit in Tuam on Tuesday. Athenry AC was represented by 77 from the club with Deirdre Brophy winning the women's race and Fergal Walsh finished 5th overall. There were 8 PB's reported but possibly more! A great nights running by the club. GCH finished very strong again this week taking 1st and 2nd places in both the men's and women's races. Also a great race by Shauna Bocquet Craughwell AC who finished second overall.
1. How long have you been an Athenry AC member? June 2010.
2. Briefly, what started you running? I was very overweight and was getting absolutely no exercise. I have arthritis as well and the extra weight and lack of exercise was making it worse. Decided one day to get out the door and try going for a run. Haven’t looked back since.
1. How long have you been an Athenry AC member? A long time: I think it was 2001.
2. Briefly, what started you running? I hate to sit still and I couldn’t kick a ball out of my way so my options were limited.
3. What shoes do you train/race in? ASICS Gel Nimbus or Gel Cumulus.
4. What piece of running gear/apparel is your most prized possession? Don’t have one.
5. What is your favourite event/race of the year? Dublin City Marathon.
Well done to the Juvenile athletes that competed on Sunday in the U8 nto U12 galway outdoors. Please find full results attached. U12 Sadbh Mc Donagh silver in hurdles and sprint bronze in long jump. Leonore Church gold in high jump. Liam Shaw gold in shot put. Mark O Halloran bronze in hurdles. U11 boys Aska Little and Cian McNelis bronze in 60m sprint. Senan Treacy and Aska Little silver in 600m Adam O halloran and Cian McNelis bronze in 600m. The u11 boys also got silver in the relay. Well done to all that competed for many of the U9 and U10 it was their first competition.
The London Marathon was the reason I first ran a marathon. I remember watching in 2008 and finally thinking "yes, I'm going to do this." I promptly entered the ballot for 2009, didn't get in, and went to Edinburgh instead. I vowed then if I was going to do London, I'd get in on the good for age which I got in 2013 at Chester. With moving to Oranmore in 2015 I ended up deferring my entry until this year.
We were greeted by a glorious evening in Loughrea yesterday, which saw the third race of this six race event. Numbers were down from last week with 661 athletes 83 of whom were from Athenry AC taking on this leg of the Galway 5km series. For those of us who had run this course previous, there was talk about "the hill". To put it in perspective the minimum elevation was 73m climbing to a max elevation of 106m that's 33m or 108ft! A tough climb! After the race I overhear someone say they didn't remember it "being that bad"! The hill is in 2 parts which makes it deceiving.
Last nights race was hosted by Craughwell AC. 88 athletes from Athenry AC (1 less than last week!) donned the maroon and white for the second leg of the series. A total of 732 runners completed the 5km distance. There was a significant improvement in the weather from last week with some sunshine making pleasant and perfect running conditions! The route remained the same as last year, starting at the school and taking us through the village before turning left at the bottom of the hill and looping around finishing at the bridge in Ballywinna.