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Galway's senior track & field athletes had a successful day out at the National Track & Field League Final in Tullamore yesterday with the men's team taking home the bronze medals in division one, while the Ladies battled hard for a creditable 7th place finish.
Galway’s athletes put in a series of admirable performances, finishing at least as well as expected in virtually every event, and better than expected in many. In the end only two points separated Galway in 3rd on 109 points from St. Abban’s of Laois in 2nd with 111 points, with Ballymena & Antrim taking the win a further 5 points in front on 116 points.
It hasn't escaped the attention of the people of Athenry that one of their own will be repesenting town, club and country in Beijing in a few short weeks. The juvenile section of Athenry AC have led the charge and put it long hours to put up some great signs, and to let everyone know that a couple of nights of setting the alarm clock to watch Paul Hession take on the best in the world are ahead.
The inaugural Boston Scientific 5km Charity Road Race took place in Maree last Wednesday night in ideal, balmy conditions. As the sun set on Galway Bay, over 200 runners and walkers crossed the line and managed to raise €3300 for Galway Cystic Fibrosis. It was apparent that many of the competitors took the race logo to heart and completed the distance making sure to "Make Every Breath Count".
A quarter of the competitors were Boston Scientific employees and they were joined by friends, family and the elites of the Galway running scene.
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.