This weekend is a special weekend in the Irish athletics calendar. One of the most important athletic fixtures of the year 'kicks off' in Dublin on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon. A mini-bus full of Athenry AC athletes will be amongst those travelling to take part in the event and they will be led by the daring duo of Maeve Noone and Maria Hehir. The Athenry AC contingent will only be one of many that will travel from the Galway area as many Galway athletics clubs, Meet and Train Groups and community groups will make their way towards Dublin for this special day.
We're nearly there!
The fifth race of this year's Galway 5km Series was held last evening in Loughrea, and was, as we've all come to expect by this stage, another great evening out. There was a really enjoyable atmosphere around the starting line as the hugely experienced Loughrea AC organisers acted as perfect hosts. Although this series has always been about 'no-frills' running and walking, Loughrea AC made everyone feel so welcome and provided so many nice organisational touches that you were made to feel like you were at a championship race.
Aside from Paul McNamara's Edinburgh Marathon heroics last weekend there was plenty of club interest in the Clare Burren Marathon Challenge which was organised by the Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club. The programme of events on last Saturday comprised of a Mini Marathon, Half Marathon and Full Marathon all of which contained Athenry AC runners.
***** Unfortunately, we lost a pile of 'potentials' in Loughrea for whatever reasons. *****
The situation after five races - Athenry, Tuam, Craughwell, CRH and Loughrea.
If you feel that there are mistakes in this data, please let me know at jameslundon @ yahoo . co . uk.
Five races and T-shirt "winners" - 138 people
Athenry runner Paul McNamara won today's Edinburgh Marathon in a time of 2:25. In very windy conditions Paul was to the fore of this tactical race from the outset. Although Paul was part of the leading group from the start it became clear in the very early miles that fast times would be out of the question due to the prevailing windy conditions. Paul was forced to make his own pace as his competitors in the leading group were either reluctant or unable to share the workload at the front of the race.
The South Connaught Special Olympics Track & Field Day took place in Dangan on Wednesday last 21st May, and Athenry AC were there to lend a hand. With over 130 athletes competing in multiple events it was quite a day. The intermittent rain could in no way dampen the spirits of the runners, jumpers and throwers as they competed for glory all day long. To see the smiles on those faces as they variously wheeled, walked, meandered, jogged and sprinted along would do you good.
Result now attached too!
Word has just reached us in the e-ivory towers of AthenryAC.com that Brian Bruton won the Christian Camps 10KM held in Salthill last weekend.
Anyone have a full result from the race please?
Our very own 10-in-a-row hero, RayO'Connor, returned to Galway Airport on Monday to a hero's welcome.
Ray was out to support his Athenry clubmates in Claregalway for the 5km run last Tuesday and was mobbed like a popstar.
Congrats from all of us Ray.