The very first running of the Fields of Athenry 1Km Juvenile Fun Run took place in advance of the Senior 10Km road race yesterday the 26th of December. There were almost one hundred young athletes taking part and they were led home by Linda Porter of Craughwell Athletics Club. There was a great atmosphere at this fun event with all age groups and Standards taking part together on the same course at the same time.
In almost perfect weather conditions, Gary Thornton and Orla Ni Mhuircheartaigh capped off successful years by taking victory at this year's Fields of Athenry 10km.
Almost 700 participants took to the roads and streets of Athenry, in the 6th running of the race.
For the first time, a juvenille fun run around the streets of Athenry was also held.
Full report to follow.
Some photos here, with many, many more to follow over the next week or so.
Online entries are now closed for this year's Fields of Athenry 10k Road Race. We will still accept some entries on race morning but as the number of pre-registered participants is far in excess of what we had expected the number of late entries has to be limited so that we can keep the numbers participating at a safe and managable level. In order to allow us to process late entries as speedily as possible and to avoid dissapointment please attend race registration no later than 10:00am on the day of the race.
Seb Locteau is the driving force behind the great new running web-site www.RunIreland.com. Seb is a long time member and supporter of Athenry AC and has represented the club at many races. Through his personal fitness company SebFitness (www.sebfitness.com) he has been a sponsor of the Fields of Athenry 10k Road Race for many years and now through www.RunIreland.Com he has agreed to continue his support of the race as a major sponsor.
County Indoors Nenagh - Saturday 5th January 2008
Entry Forms and Schedule of Events Attached.
Congratulations to all involved with the Mayo AC Road Racing Leage for 2007. Tom Hunt has once again come up with the goods and has supplied us with the league standings for men and women in advance of the final race in the series in Westport on Sunday the 30th of December.
As you'll be able to see from the attached tables things are still fairly tight going into the last race and with the possible exception of the leading women's position it's all still to play for.
If you've still got any energy to burn off after the fields of Athenry 10k why not pop up to Westport and finish off 2007 in fine racing style.
Aplologies if the format of this data isn't perfect, it's the best I could do for the moment.
Mayo AC brings down the curtain on a very successful year at Westport on Sunday 30th December with the seventh race in a well supported and hotly contested Road League Series.
Photo's courtesy John Walshe and James Sexton
Update: Irish Record Holder, and future Olympian, Paul Hession will present the medals to all juvenile athletes after the race!
Good luck to all the girls competing in All Ireland Juvenile Cross Country this Sunday in Dungarvan. The under-11 team is Niamh Keane, Eimear Keane, Roisin Holland, Rachel O' Brien, Derbhal Higgins, and Grace Cahill.
The under-13 team is Marie Tuhoy, Hayleigh Sommers, Dearbhal Fox, Lorna Hannon, Orlaith McGrath and Tara Murphy.
Serena Hansbery, Yvone Keary and Lecicia Collins will alse be competing.
Best of luck to all!