Unfortunately we've had to cancel our race once more. Foremost in our minds is the safety of our runners and the organising committee. The course is still very icy today and there is no significant thaw forecast between now and tomorrow. We have provisionally rescheduled the race for Sunday the 24th January at 01:30pm, weather and permitting issues allowing. Given the amount of ice of the roads around Athenry today and the lack of any improvement in the conditions it seems prudent to cancel at this stage in order to minimise any inconvenience for both organisers and participants.
As soon as we know more about the arrangements for the re-fixed race we'll post them here.
We hope to issue a text message later today giving information on this cancellation to all entrants who provided a contact number at the time of registration.
Bear with us. We're determined to stage this race at the soonest safe opportunity.
A small number of entries will be available on the day on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you cannot make this date you can defer your entry to next years event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before Jan 20th.
If you had requested a deferral, but can now make the 24th, email email@example.com before Jan 20th and we'll put you back in.
Keith Duggan, GAA writer with the Irish Times, gives a mention to the Fields of Athenry 10km in todays column.
The race itself was not really a race – some guy won it in 29 minutes and everyone else trundled along behind, exhibiting a flabbergasting range of running styles. A few K in a man in a vintage – and stretched – Tipperary GAA shirt went by. He was, as the bespoke people say, a larger gentleman and the shirt may have been a trophy from his distant minor days, when he was a fleet and underweight 17 year-old with prospects. He held his head up high, as if he was hoping to receive some sign from the sun. But this was Galway, man, where there hasn’t been sun since about 1975. Still, he retained something of the old speed because he sort of glided by our group.
Craughwell-based athletics photographer John O'Connor has just shared another set of his fabulous photographs with us which we have now uploaded to our photo gallery. The set in question was taken at the Loughrea Athletics Seminar and Road Race in September this year and there are some beauties amongst them. If you were in Loughrea this year, or even if you weren't, they're well worth a look.
12 months later and last year's winners look like the athletes to beat in this year's running of the Fields of Athenry 10km.
Gary Thornton has had a mixed year, with some fantastic performances over the county, finishing 4th in the Inter-clubs in March and 6th in the inter-counties, narrowly missing out on a place on the Irish team that competed at the European cross county championships.
It might be of interest to anyone travelling from Galway City to the Fields of Athenry 10k on St.Stephen's Day that Galway City Harriers are organising a bus to the race on that day. Aside from saving the planet, taking the bus helps out with parking congestion and allows you to relax after the race with a Christmas drink, if that's your kind of thing.
The bus is open to all and the fare will be small, so don't be shy.