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It was another absolutely beautiful evening in Galway city last Saturday as thousands of runners and walkers gathered for one of the road-racing highlights of the year. For many the process is familiar but no less enjoyable from one year to the next. Almost everything about this race is just right - it almost seems like fine weather is guaranteed after the experience of the last few years. It's not often that we runners get to take over the city streets and enjoy ourselves at full speed down the middle of the road.
After missing out on the last two major finals by the smallest of margins, Paul Hession has secured a place at the European final in Barcelona this Thursday evening.
A little down on his season's best, Paul finished 4th in this evening's semi-final outside the automatic qualifying spots, but his semi final time of 20.67 was enough to make the final.
It's just reward for hard work over the last few years, and runnng from lane 2 in the final, he has an outside chance of a medal if he can reproduce the form he showed earlier this season.
Athenry AC members will met in the purple lounge of the Raheen Woods hotel from 6pm to watch Paul's final at 6:25pm and David Gillick's 400m final later on at 8:30 pm.
Go on Paul!
*** Paul Safely Through First Round ***
Our very own Paul Hession begins his quest for European glory today in the heats of the 200m in Barcelona.
Of course we all wish Paul the very best of luck. Paul goes in the fourth heat of the 200m at 11:54am Spanish time which is 10:54 Irish time. The semi-final's of the 200m are on tonight at 18:55 (Irish time) and the final of Paul's event is on tomorrow the 30th of July at 18:25 (Irish time).
Sinead Tuohy won a bronze medal in the girls under 18 high jump on the last weekend of the All Ireland Juvenile athletic finals in Tullamore. This was great reward not just for Sinead but also for coach Dermot McNamara.
Pic : Balla 2008
OVER 300 RUNNERS JOGGERS AND WALKERS TOOK PART IN THE 18TH WESTARO MINI MARATHON 10K IN BALLA ON SATURDAY EVENING LAST (24 July 2010).
THE MAIN PRIZE WINNERS WERE AS FOLLOWS:
Congratulations to Darragh McShane of Athenry AC who finished 1st in the first “Jog in the Bog” Super 8 race winning in a time of 4hr and 2 min. A great 10k run to start in a range of terrain from road, trail and bog gave Darragh a good lead into the first cycle of 17.5km to Abbeyknockmoy. This was followed by the first of two hill runs starting with a 2km run in Knockroe. From there it was a 23km cycle into a stiff headwind to Castlehacket for another 3.75km hill run.
A total of 49 Athenry AC and guest athletes lined up at St. Mary's on Friday night last (23 July) for the 5th annual Athenry AC Handicap 10KM AKA Burger Run. The course was slightly modified at very late notice to avoid traversing the railway level crossing near the town but it did not result in any disruption as the event took place with clockwork efficiency, ably RD'ed by James Corbett, with Maire Treasa Beatty and a gaggle of other helpers in close attendance. Derek Conerney and his crew were cooking up a storm in the background!