Sometime late last year, I made a promise, to nobody in particular, that I would travel to Belfast to make up a team for the Senior Inter-Clubs Cross-Country race. Paul McNamara was fired up for this race for a long time after a disappointing run at the Inter-Counties in the Curragh, and Mick Rice never misses a chance to represent his club when the call comes. Brian Bruton made up three, and thus my promise was called in.
In the midst of a busy weekend, one notable achievement almost went unnoticed.
Tucked away in the results from the Adare 10km was a prizewinner in the V45 sectiom, Maire Teresa Beatty. Obviously those hard yards at the track are paying off.
There were two Galway men to the fore at today's AAI National Inter Club Cross Country Championships in Belfast and a further two playing a valuable supporting role. Athenry AC's Paul McNamara and Galway City Harrier Gary Thornton both ran superb races to finish well inside the top ten places and earned selection onto the Irish Team for the forthcoming World Cross Country Championships. Paul McNamara will be particularly pleased with this effort and this run represents another leap forward in form after a short while away from competitive action during summer 2007.
Grassy routes can be difficult to find in Galway and very few people can maintain some level of sanity while constantly circling a football pitch. Most people are aware of the fine facilities at the NUIG Grounds in Dangan, but a less well known facility exists on the other side of the city.
Deirdre Hassett is a Galway-based athlete who competes in a plethora of events including road races, triathlons, soccer and tag rugby tournaments to name a few. A member of the Galway Triathlon Club, Deirdre recently travelled to New Zealand in the company of Helen Lavin (whose ultramarathon trail run reports have featured here before) to spend a few weeks on holiday and to compete in a Half Ironman Triathlon.
Deirdre's race report is excellent and well worth a read. Enjoy....