Athenry Athletic Club had an immensely successful outing at the Athletics Ireland West Region Track & Field Championships for u13’s to u19’s in Sligo this past Saturday. The club brought home no fewer than nine Connacht titles, ten silver medals and nine bronze medals, possibly a record haul at a Connacht Championship.
Ever wondered what you could run for a mile? Well, here is your chance to find out. On Saturday 7th July a series of mile races will take place at the Regional Sports Centre, Dangan as part of a nationwide event - the SPAR Mile Challenge.
Paul Hession ran magnificently at the Bislett Games in Oslo last Fridy night. On a night of high drama at the Norwegian track that included a new worlds record in the women’s 5,000m event, posted by Meseret Defar of Ethiopia, the pride of Athenry Paul ran faster than the current Irish record for 200m. It was only a wind speed marginally over the legal limit that prevented the Irishman from taking his second national record in only two weeks.
Link to Paul’s Result.
On Thursday June 21st 2007, the first annual Annaghdown 'Summer
Solstice' 10K road race will be held in scenic Annaghdown on the
banks of Lough Corrib. The race is attracting lots of attention
from far and wide, and if the recent success of the Galway 5K
series is anything to go by, the organisers are hoping for a
large turn out. The 5K series proved that Galway athletics is on
very sound footing with 100s of people turning out every Tuesday
evening in May. The weather co-operated for all the races, and
the Annaghdown organisers are calling in any and all favours to
Caroline McLoughlin and Paul McNamara ran strongly in the first of the Craughwell handicap chase races for 2007. Recent Athenry AC recruit Caroline McLoughlin, fresh from the Women's Mini-Marathon in Dublin, showed that she has retained her fitness by being first home on handicap over the 5k course. The innovative handicap format used by Craughwell AC allows everyone in the field a chance of competing for top honours but Caroline demolished her handicap and came home well clear of the rest of the field.
Juvenile athletics in Galway received a welcome boost this week with the receipt of a cheque for over two thousand Euros. The cash, which was raised during the recent series of 5k road races around the County, will assist in the development of athletics at county level over the next twelve months.
Athenry AC star Paul Hession has a big week ahead. On Wednesday he heads to Stavanger in Norway to take part in the Exxon Mobil Stavanger Games and then next Friday he moves on to Oslo to take part in their world famous Golden League meeting, the Bislett Games.
With his brand new national record in the 100m tucked away from his recent outing in Greece his confidence must be high going into this week’s races.
The best of luck Paul!
We’ll all have the video recorders set
Start List 200m Bislett Games Oslo, 15th June 2007
19:20 200m men
2 June 2007 Update:
Paul Hession breaks Irish 100m record at a meet in Athens.
His time of 10.28 shatters the old record of 10.35 jointly held by Gary Ryan and Paul Brizzell.
Paul beat quality fields to take a 100m & 200m double.
Congratulations to Paul Hession upon his securing of valuable sponsorship
in his drive to compete in the Beijing Olympics next year.
See http://www.galwayindependent.com/sport/12026.html or below!
I thought I would try to balance out the excellent reports from
Ray and James, with one that gives my perspective of something
not going according to plan. You also have to remember here that
I am one of the slowest runners out there, not helped by still
being a few stone heavier than my optimum 'fighting weight' and
also all of my running in 2007 is being used to raise funds for
the Special Care Baby Unit at UCHG and, as such, my target for
Cork was a finish, but 5 hours was my realistic goal.
For the past few weeks my preparation has been fairly good, I had
As I drove down to Cork from Galway on Sunday morning I was
thinking to myself am I wasting my time driving over a 100 miles
for a race I may not even finish.
I have avoided the marathon in recent years as I had a couple of
bad experiences in the past but I was determined I was going to
finish this race, even if I had to crawl over the finish line.
Monday morning dawned, I got up and headed straight for the
window and was happy to see that the sun was splitting the rocks.
I ate some breakfast and headed down stairs to meet Mark