Last Call For Breakfast!

There are still some places left for the Connemara Breakfast Run which will take place next Saturday the 18th of August. Number pickup is at the Connemara Gateway Hotel in Oughterard and participants will be transported to the race start in Maum village by bus from there. As the race is scheduled to start at 10:00am entrants should aim to be in Oughterard by 09:15am at the latest. After the race has been run it's all back to the hotel in Oughterard for a hearty breakfast.

Full race details available here:- http://www.athenryac.com/announcing-connemara-breakfast-run.

Big Turnout For The 'Streets'

A small groups of the Athenry AC runners who competed last Saturday.

GCH produced another cracking race in Galway last Saturday night when seemingly every person west of the Shannon in possession of a pair of running shoes took to the roads for the Future ‘Streets of Galway’. As one GCH stalwart put it to me on the evening, it was a perfect night for running if not for working on the race. A gentle summer rain cooled the runners as they prepared for their annual test around the City of the Tribes. As usual the atmosphere was brilliant as old friendships were renewed and new acquaintances were made.

John O’Connor – The Westport Whirlwind!

The Whirlwind!

John O’Connor and a small, but select, group of other Athenry members continued an emerging club tradition in some style last Saturday by running a brace of races on the same day. The two races in question were the Coastal Charity Challenge (otherwise known as the Lousiburgh to Westport Half-Marathon) and the Streets of Galway 8K later that same evening.

Seamie Gilhooley Takes Headford Honours

Seamie Gilhooley - First Past The Post in Headford

Seamie Gilhooley of Athenry AC delivered a fine front-running performance in last Saturday's 3rd Annual Headford 8K Road Race to be first past the finish line. Seamus was first home in a very impressive finishing time of 27:15. Seamie's performance was all the more noteworthy given that the course was quite challenging and the running conditions were wet and slippy underfoot. He was accompanied for most of the trip by Craughwell AC's Mark Davies (27:20) who was the first senior man as Seamus had entered as a junior.

Be In The Picture At The Streets This Year

Each year the Streets of Galway 8K, organised by Galway City Harriers, is the highlight of the summer for almost all of Athenry AC's runners. Our good friends and neighbours in Galway put on a fantastic show each August. The race organisation at this event is a model for any other race in the country and our members have traditionally taken full advantage of GCH's hospitality in large numbers.

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