Ian O'Riordan did a super article on a new shining light of Irish athletics, Ciara Mageean. Well worth a read!
Provisional race result plus prize list from last Saturday's race is below and attached in the various formats!
*Provisional* Results of the Ballyhaunis 8K Road Race '09
Pos Num Time Name Club Category
1 56 00:25:03 Gerry Ryan GCH M
2 37 00:25:59 Robert Malseed Mayo M
3 44 00:26:26 John Byrne Mayo M
4 17 00:27:15 Michael Freely Rathfarnham M
5 42 00:27:53 Johnny Lane Craughwell M
A huge crowd of well over one thousand runners and walkers turned out for the Clare 10k in Ennis this morning with many of those taking part raising funds for one charity or another. There was a great atmosphere at the start area with organisers, fun-runners, walkers, fundraisers, and club runners all mixing in anticipation of the run ahead. Athenry AC was well represented by three athletes in Mick Rice, Jane-Ann Healy and Valerie Glavin.
While we will always retain our love for the old boreens, the tarmac, and the concrete footpaths, strong documentary evidence is in that Athenry AC athletes now pursue another love. Shock, horror, drum roll, some individuals are competing in FIELD events.
At certain recent Co Galway Track & Field meetings, first-hand reports and photos show conclusive evidence of UFF (unidentified flying female) activity: soaring leaps over a horizontal bar ending in death-defying falls onto a foam receptacle.
Check out more of Francis' work at http://www.kennedyart.net/unicorn .
Full result from Last Sunday's 10KM is enclosed in TXT, DOC, XLS and PDF format - one for everyone in the audience, almost...
Day 2 of the Galway Senior Track & Field took place last Thursday in Dangan with the 200m, 1500m, javelin, high jump and 4x400m on the programme. Full results attached.
Provisional Results from Sunday's 10KM in Annaghdown are below and attached.
If you weren't there, you missed a great event with Athenry AC being very well represented throughout the field. Brian Bruton was third senior man while Elaine Walsh was third senior woman. Miriam Wall picked up her second race prize in 24 hours in winning the W35 prize!
The day was very warm and sunny with a stiff little breeze buffeting the runners most of the way around the course.
Paul Hession led by example over the weekend at the European Team Championships in Banksa Bystrica, Slovakia. Paul ran an excellent 20:56 to secure full points for the Irish team in his main event, the 200m. His co-captain Derval O'Rourke also produced some good form to win her 100m Hurdles race.
AAI Report Here: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/content/?p=7857
European Athletics Report Here: http://www.european-athletics.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view...
Full Results Here : http://www.hrdosport.sk/MED/Results_List.htm
One of Diana's fans (there are many) rang me over the weekend to let me know the fantastic news that she had won the Gobi Desert March adventure race. Diana had led the event from the gun but was always vulnerable to a late charge by any of her competitors in this grueling event. Although she's an experienced ultramarathoner, Diana was participating in this event for the first time. In addition to Diana's fantastic race-winning performance, Shane O'Rourke, representing the Abalta School for Children with Autism finished in fourth position in the men's race.