2506 athletes completed this year's Streets of Galway 8km. The iconic club photo usually taken on the steps of Jury's Hotel was organised by James Lundon. There was a smaller representation from the club this year as the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon was on the following morning. Race conditions were described as blustery, but for once, we saw the wind favour athletes as they ran along the prom in the final stage of the race. There were a few reported PB's and possibly more! We saw an impressive finish to the ladies race with only 18 seconds separating the 3 podium places.
National Half Marathon / 07 Aug 2016 / 08:30 a.m.
Although most of us relish the challenge of a tough race, the 4:30 a.m alarm call was greeted with little enthusiasm. By the time the porridge was consumed and we had hit the M6 the early start was quickly forgotten as the focus turned to the task in hand.
We were greeted by the following on the DCM web site this afternoon:
"ENTRY IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE SSE AIRTRICITY DUBLIN MARATHON ON SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER WAVE 1 @9:00, WAVE 2 @9:10, WAVE 3 @9:20, WAVE 4 @9:30.
P.S. Where's AAC's Martin in the attached image?????
Race report to follow
After 8 years in the planning, work finally commenced today on the construction of our new sports facility in Moanbaun.
Work started on clearing the entrances onto the site, putting down a contractors' carpark and recovering gravel and sand from the spoil heaps on the site.
Work was also started on the perimeter cross country track, which is hoped will be complete in a couple of weeks.
In just a few days time we will all become experts in converting Irish time to Rio time so that we can plan our viewing around the upcoming Olympics. However, before we sit in anticipation to chart the progress of the Irish team in Rio there is a somewhat significant display of domestic elite athletics that will be of great interest to us in County Galway. The GCH mens team and the Galway ladies team have both comfortably qualified for the National Track and Field League Final in Tullamore Stadium on 7th Aug (from 11.30am).
The 11th iteration of the new infamous Burger Run successfully place around the old Athenry 10KM course last evening, Friday, 23 July 2016.
Thirty six hardy souls toed the start line shortly after 8PM under the watchful eye of starter, Mick Rice. James Corbett again laid out the logistics, refreshments and prizes, with the expert help of MTB & BAW as well as young Michael & Sean Rice. John O'Connor was there to capture the event! A full album will follow on Flickr's 77EdenHill in due course.
A few of us headed in the direction of Mullingar this Sunday for the annual Mullingar AC 10 mile road race. We knew from my better half Esther, who had participated the previous year, that it actually takes place outside the town of Mullingar in a little place called Dalystown, so Google Maps was our navigator.
Athenry AC Annual Burger Run takes place on Friday 22nd July at 8pm on the old 10km Fields of Athenry course. It starts about 200 meters from the gates of St. Marys GAA clubhouse in Carnaun and finishes just outside the gates of the complex - one full lap but not into the town, turning right before the level crossing and back out the Tuam Road.
The latest in an occasional series...
Congrats to Ailbhe Madden on her art win at the recent Athenry Agricultural Show.
Look what she is wearing though!