The Loughrea AC are hosting a fantastic seminar on Saturday the 26th of September next at the beautiful Loughrea Hotel and Spa in the town. The title of this seminar is "Train Hard Race Easy". It will be chaired by Irish Times Sports Columnist Ian O' Riordan and includes many distinguished guests.
The Breen family, consisting of Grainne, Mark and children (Hazel & Danny) embark on the adventure of a lifetime this week. We in Athenry AC wish them all the best of luck on their ramble around North and South America over the next 11 or 12 months. They will be missed from the local road race circuit!
The image with this article was taken at yesterday's Loughrea Triathlon where Athenry AC members all had great success. More to follow...
P.S. There won't be too many measured 10KMs where the Breens are going!!!!!
The 20th Fr. Peter O'Brien (Ballina) 10k Road Race was held in Ballina at the weekend. Over one hundred and twenty athletes took part in brilliant September sunshine. Frances McAndrew, Leas Meara Ballina Town Council was the official starter of the race at the Town Park on the Sligo Road. The race took off at a blistering place and continued along by the River Moy, through the town, onto the Killala Road, through Belleek woodlands and the final stage of the journey on the opposite side of the Moy and finishing on Cathedral Road.
Paul Hession this evening ran in the World Athletics Final 200m in Thessaloniki. The field was a fairly mixed field but included current World Champion and world record holder Usain Bolt. Paul again did not get one of the better lane draws, being in lane 1 on the very inside. After a false start by Marlon Devonish the full field went away on the second attempt. Paul came out of the bend like a rocket in what looked like third or maybe fourth place and was holding fourth with just a few metres to go.
The road running season is not quite over but already there are plans being made from the upcomming cross-country season. Here are some of the fixtures we've been given so that you can plan ahead.
19th September Connaught Schools Combined Events Dangan Galway
24th October Connaught Primary Schools CC Hazelwood Sligo
31st Oct Connaught Even ages Novice/Intermediate/Masters CC Ballinamore Co Leitrim
8th Nov Hollymount Road Race
7/8th Nov Connaught Uneven ages CC Galway Venue/Date TBD
22nd Nov National Even ages and Inter clubs CC
Fantastic day out in Ballybofey Sunday last. Sixteen from Athenry AC made the journey and a number of PBs & great performances resulted.
Mick Rice takes pride of place - not for the first time - in coming home in 28th place, but more importantly third in the M40 category! He took time off both his 10M and half PBs (over 160 ticks). His recent exertions out in Connemara have not taken any speed out of his legs it seems.
A super race in Renmore last Friday evening! Bernie Kelly and the Renmore Residents Association put on a lovely low-key event, that was well supported by the local GCH club, as well as clubs from around the county and further afield.
The heavy shower of rain before the race didn't dampen the racers' enthusiasm one little bit and although the two lap course was wet and a little slippy, it didn't materially detract from what was a stiff but fair course.