Galway Community Games Update

From Vincent Conway P.R.O. Galway Community Games

The forthcoming Community Games Cross Country competition is taking place this year on the 2nd of March in the New Venue of the Palace Grounds in Tuam at 2 o clock. This will we hope add a feeling of newness to the event and we look forward to the participation of each area in this year’s event. Please note that the fee for entry to this competition this year is €2 per athlete. Entries to be sent to Rita Mannion before the Friday 15th February.

Athenry AC out in force in Tuam

An outstanding 32 Athenry AC athletes turned out in Tuam today. Both teams finished in 3rd place, with the Men's team missing out on a prize by just one point - 42 (Mayo) to 45 (GCH) to 46 (Athenry).

In particular, it was great to see our Fit4life participants in Athenry AC colours. You have the bug now!

7 116 27:06 Brian O'Connor Athenry AC Ms
12 114 28:07 Brian Bruton Athenry AC MS
13 6 28:10 Mick Rice Athenry AC m40
14 8 28:19 Seamus Gilhooley Athenry AC ms
31 110 30:49 Alan Burke Athenry AC MS
43 135 31:33 Peter Delmer Athenry AC MS
46 9 31:48 Ann Carter Athenry AC fs

Road Races in Galway in 2007

This article is a slightly expanded version of that published in the 2007 Fields of Athenry 10k booklet.

Clarification 1: I did not include the 4M race out in Dunmore in August as it's closed to Dunmore natives or people living out there. Our own Brian O'Connor has had some success there, even though he only qualified through his mother, if my information is correct.

Clarification 2: I did not include a number of Athenry AC events that took part during the year due to their semi-closed nature too.

Last Call For Connemara !

Word has reached us here in Athenry AC central that the Connemara Marathon races are almost full. For the last few years there has been weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth when this race closed and that was only James Lundon, other people were upset too.

In previous years the experience has been that once the shutters are pulled down on this event it has proven impossible to wangle an entry by either fair means or foul, and both have been tried many times.

If anyone has any intention of running this race they would be well advised to make their move now.

Official Results of 2007 Fields of Athenry 10k

Start Picture

Here (at last!) are the Official Race results.

We had an unbelievable 617 finishers on St. Stephen's Day. To put this in context we had 69 finishers at the inaugural race in 2002 and 171, 254, 351 and 470 finishers in subsequent years. We're still very much growing!

Congratulations to each and every participant who picked up a hat and passed under the 800 year old finish line.

Both male and female Team prizes were claimed by our friends in Galway City Harriers, although the men's team result was hotly contested by Mayo AC.

2007 Fields of Athenry 10k photo galleries

Senior Race:

(187 images - John O'Connor)

(248 images - Adrian Ryan)

(4 images - Andrew Talbot)

(12 images - Alan Burke)

Juvenile Race:

(40 images - Adrian Ryan)

A Time To Set Goals.....


We asked everyone in the club to set three goals in running for the next year. Here's what the ones that answered the call came up with.

Brian Bruton

1. Run a Marathon in 2:39:00
2. Complete a 10 mile race in 0:57:00 min
3. Finish a 10k in less than 35 minutes.

Philip Magnier

1. Enjoy training.
2. Do a Sprint Triathlon.
3. Achieve a 1:30:00 half-marathon.

Peter Delmer

1. To complete 40 miles in Connemara to celebrate my fortieth birthday.
2. To run a new marathon personal best.
3. To enjoy every step and discover what it is I'm running towards.

James Lundon

2007 Fields of Athenry 10k Race Programme available for download

Please find attached a PDF copy of the Race Programme distributed
to all pre-entries on the day and to many who rocked up on the
morning itself. A very limited number of hardcopies are still
available if you want your own piece of history :). Just let me

A sincere thanks must go to Johnny O'Connor of Proactive on a
fantastic job laying the content out and for dealing in a patient
yet professional manner with the many-times-almost-unreasonable

In Praise of Training

In Praise of Training

Training gets a hard time. Usually it’s a real slog, drudgery, tough; rarely is it a joy. Winter Training gives more opportunity to be downright dismal – cold, dark, windy, dark, wet, dark and more darkness. Definitely a time to throttle back, go easy on yourself, enjoy the Christmas indulgences and leave training to the Spring. That’s my annual routine and I share it with many a runner. Once the Dublin Marathon is over at the end of October I ease off and hibernate until the New Year resolutions kick-start me out the door to work off the lethargy.


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