At the third running of our fun handicap 10km last Friday, Peader Nugent got his prediction closest to his clock time to pick up First place in the 'Predict your own time 10km". Barry Beirne from neighbours Loughrea was even closer as he was first guest with a predicted time just 1 second outside his actual time.
The weather just about held off as Derek Conerney, Mary and crew pulled out all the stops to produce a great spread at the BarBque.
Sean Breathnach produced the longest throw of the year by an Irish shot putter on day 3 of the Galway T&F Series which took place last night, Thursday July 17th, in perfect weather conditions in Dangan. Although dark clouds threatened rain, it never came, and there was a rare windless evening on the track.
Breathnach has been in superb form this season and already leads the Irish rankings for 2008 but his best effort last night of 16.01 was a full 59 cm's better than this previous best this season. In fact it's close to ten years since Sean last threw over 16 metres. With the National Senior T&F Championships this Sunday hopes are high that Sean can lift the national title. Mary Barrett was also in superb form and threw 10.00, her longest effort in quite some time to take county masters gold ahead of Claire McNamara who took the senior title.
Thirty five Irish athletes are entered to compete in this year's European Masters or Veterans track and field championships in Slovenia. The 10k will kick off the games on Thursday 24th July and the events will continue right through until Sunday 3rd August with the marathon and relays.
Martin McEvilly, GCH, a previous gold medal winner at the World championships in the M55 Steeplechase, is entered for the 5k, 10k, and the Steeplechase. Having just in the last two weeks celebrated his 60th birthday, Martin is hopefully poised to add to his medal collection.
The third and final installment of the County Galway Track and Field takes place on tomorrow Thursday the 17th July at the track in Dangan. Highlight of the evening should be the 5,000m where some of the best road racers in the county and even further afield will clash head to head within the more refined confines of the track.
Athenry AC's juvenile athletes enjoyed three successful days out over the course of the Athletics Ireland All-Ireland Championships for U13's to U19's culminating in an All-Ireland silver medal for Katelyn Duane in the u18 Girls 200m.
Katelyn clocked 25.99 to win the silver medal marginally ahead of GCH's Aedin Esslemont after a titanic battle down the home straight. Aedin clocked 26.00 for the bronze. Previously, these positions were reversed when Aedin got in ahead of Katelyn to snatch the bronze medal in the 100m with Katelyn having to settle for 4th.
A warm welcome awaits in Swinford, Co. Mayo for all who make the trip for the 5th race in the Mayo AC race series. Swinford AC host the Swinford 8km Road Race on Sunday, August 3rd 2008 at 5pm and it promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
By Tony Daley - Athenry AC and Predator Tri Club Athenry
When I knew I was heading out to Africa, I knew that my triathlon training would not be able to carry on. The thing I did know was that my running would. I’ve been to Africa a few times and always found some fantastic places and trails to run on.