Recently Athenry AC athletes were asked to declare their three athletic goals for 2015. Some of the replies were sensible, some funny, some are going to be tough asks, some people can't count. Most important though - these are your goals and by putting them there for scrutiny by all you will be honour bound to stick to them and answer to your peers at the next AGM (OK, I may have made that bit up). So, in their full and pretty much unadulterated form (bar some formatting) are your replies:-
Congrats to all who took part in the Masters & Intermediate & Juvenile Development National Cross Country Championships which took place at Tuam's Palace Grounds today, Sunday 8 February . An event which was brilliantly organised by Brian Bruton, Brendan Monaghan & their army of helpers that included our own Maire Treasa Beatty, Iain Shaw and James Lundon.
Damien Larkin took the honours in Maree today in a time of 28.20 ahead of Lloyd Malcolm with David Meehan of Athenry in third, a minute behind the winner. With the National Cross Country taking place in Tuam there was a much changed field lining out but there was still a respectable 316 finishers. Clare Rowe of Tuam AC was first woman home with Loretto Duggan of Kilmurray Ibricken second & Edel Kelly in third.
Jim Cregan moved to London in early 1960 in an effort to improve his running career and try to participate in international competition which he was denied when running in NACAI events in Ireland. Jim changed his name for running purposes to Hogan, probably because he feared that he might not be allowed to run in British events because of his NACAI background.
He retained his original surname for everything outside athletics such as employment.
I was saddened to note the death of the legendary Colum (Colm) Corless of Kinvara and Galway hurling fame earlier this week. The Connacht Tribune have a nice piece on him in this weekend's edition (aside: amazing the amount of athletics/running/road race stories in its pages). Colum played minor hurling in 1940 for Galway, who were beaten by my beloved Limerick on the way to our only All-Ireland Hurling Minor/Senior double. He played in the infamous All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final of 1953 (see Galway team in main image) which is still much talked about around these parts as the one that
The Western Eagles Orienteering Club are hosting some introductory orienteering days this spring around Galway. These are great days out for all the family & are great value too. The first session is being held this Sunday in Crestwood Park & is open to everyone.
Congats to all in Coldwood (Kevin Quirke, Harry Monson and all the other helpers in particular) for a lovely race last Sunday, 25 January 2015. The new season is well up and running and a big crowd from Athenry AC togged and ran in this early season encounter.