Seize the Day

Ballycotton Lighthouse

If you’re a regular visitor to this site you’ll be aware that this year I set a goal of completing all four ten-mile races in the John Buckley Sports Munster Series. There’s a report on this site on my adventures in Mallow in early January and there’s another on the Dungarvan race in early February. Mick Rice has done a great job on describing this year’s pilgrimage to Ballycotton so I won’t write a blow-by-blow account – instead I’ll give a little monologue on the importance of seizing the day...

‘Two Snickers’ Burke and the Toilet Coke

Running Up That Hill - Last Mile Ballycotton '10' 2007

Ballycotton ‘10’ 2007

Report by Mick Rice

It has been said many times before, but it bears repetition, that the Ballycotton ‘10’ is the best road race in Ireland. This is surely the case. For many of us in Athenry AC, we don’t travel to Cork each spring for a race, we go there on pilgrimage. Having had a small taste of race organisation ourselves in recent years, the scale and quality of what is achieved each year by John Walshe’s ‘Ballycotton Army’ is almost beyond comprehension. Before another word is said we in Athenry AC want to thank John, and everyone else involved with the race, most sincerely for organising this event which we can take part in and enjoy each year.

Reminder: Adult Athletics in Galway - Open Forum


Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 8:30pm
Location: The Quality Hotel in Oranmore.

Galway's adult athletes convened a productive get-together last year which resulted in, amongst other things, the highly successful May 5k Series.

It is felt around the county that it would be worthwhile to stage a repeat of this meeting which will give adults involved in athletics in Galway the opportunity to discuss the development of our sport in County Galway.

Claregalway Meet and Train News


Calling all ladies!

This year's Flora Women's Mini Marathon takes place in Dublin on Bank Holiday Monday, 4th June. Training for this year commenced on Saturday the 2nd of March at the Venue is ClareGalway and it is at the carpark beside the Centre / GAA Pitch.

Beginners are especially welcome as are all who have previously run with this group. All you need is a good pair of runners and a clean bill of health.

Further information can be had at thanks!

Club members Ray O'Connor and Bridget-Anne Walsh in 2009 Marathon Des Sables

Marathon de Sable
Marathon de Sable

Not sure whether to congratulate or commiserate with these two lucky Athenry AC members who had their applications accepted for the 2009 running of the Marathon Des Sables at about three milliseconds past 9am, when entries opened and immediately closed.

It seems there were many disappointed souls whose applications were rejected for not being in on time. Eat your heart out, John Walshe of Ballycotton!

Ray's only problem is that this race will only count as one marathon in his drive to 100. Bridget-Anne's problem is trying to find enough desert to train with out in East Galway :).

Provisional Ballycotton Results

'Two Snickers' Burke

Congrats to the Athenry AC runners who braved the elements in Ballycotton yesterday. Not a day for quick times. The provisional times and places for the Athenry AC runners that we're aware of are posted below. Over 1,900 runners completed the course yesterday.

We'd also like to pass on congratulations to Michael O'Connor of GCH who ran superbly in taking third place yesterday posting a fine 51:52. Such a fine run bodes well for his planned marathon outing in the spring.

Paul Hession included in Irish Team for European Indoors

European Indoors, Birmingham
European Indoors, Birmingham

The Irish team for the European Indoor Championships in Birmingham this weekend has been finalised. Paul Hession will represent Athenry AC. Best of luck to Paul and all the Irish Athletes.

The heats of Paul's 60m takes place on Saturday morning at 10am with the semi-final at 3:20pm. The final takes place on Sunday at 4:20pm. Hopefully we'll catch it in Ballycotton!


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