Congratulations to Athenry Juvenile athletes who were selected to run for their county today in the beautiful surroundings of Charleville Estate, Tullamore in the national cross country relay championship on today Sunday (24 February 2013). On the Galway Girls U12 team, we had Sarah Gilhooley, Danielle Collins and Freya Bohan, who all ran really well against some very tough opposition. Well done girls you did great at a national event!
Connacht Indoors are to be held in the brilliant new indoor venue at Athlone IT on Sunday 3rd March. We may be able to organise a training session at the venue possibly next week. Sinead will send a text around if it is going to happen.
The venue is fast making a reputation as a very fast track with lots of PB's and national records since it opened recently so here is looking forward to a great championship!
Maree-by-the-sea was as picturesque as ever for their annual 8k held in conjunction with Amphibian King on Sunday 10th. The weather stayed kind: I'm sure the Ireland rugby team would have swopped it for the awful-looking day they had in their slugfest against England.
Congratulations and thanks to Deirdre Hassett and Ruthann Sheehan for accepting the posts of Chairperson and Secretary of the club at the recent AGM. This is a real passing of the torch with neither Mick Rice nor Iain Shaw holding one of these roles in the club after so many years.
I'm after having a very sad few weeks. Last Wednesday (23 January 2013) in the intensive care unit of St. James Hospital (Dublin) I was at the bedside of my brother-in-law, Martin Vincent McDonagh, as he took his last breath.
About an hour later we were allowed back to see him laid out and were taken aback to see a Fields of Athenry 10KM race hat left at the foot of his bed. A doctor dropped in to explain that it was the only item that came with him when he was removed from the wards to the ICU.