Following a Spanish winner last year, this year’s Conamara 10k had a more local flavour, with Athenry man, Richard Meaney coming home first in 38:19. First woman home was Barbara Bergin from Indreabhán, who was also the first F50 home, in a time of 46:30.
Indeed, it was a good day for vets, with a very strong performance by Martin McEvilly in the over 60 age bracket, who finished second overall in 38:35 after being neck and neck with the eventual winner up until the 9.5km mark.
East Galway AC held their annual 10km race in Moylough this afternoon in which Ray Somers put aside his recent hip troubles to place a credible second in 36.25, one minute behind Mick Fogarty of Athlone Tri Club. Tommy Joe White of Tuam AC made up the podium a further minute behind Ray.
It was another busy week for Athenry AC with over 30 members taking part in races across the country & further afield.
The fourth edition of the Athlone ¾ Marathon was held in Glasson on Sunday with 17 members toeing the line on a scenic but hilly course. Many were using this race as the last long run in their marathon schedules before they start tapering down their distances over the next three weeks. In wet & muggy conditions most found the going tough but were happy with their times & go forward to Dublin in a positive frame of mind.
Athenry Juvenile Athletes had a great day out at the Galway even ages cross country championship in the lovely setting of Loughrea AC ground in Bushfield Loughrea recently.
First up were the U10 girls where we had very strong performances from Sophie O’Brien Zoe Griffin Aoife Wall Sadbh McDonagh, Laura Scanlon and Leonore Church. We also saw very promising athletes in Aoife Guiry Eabha Rohan, Aishling Cronnolly and Roisin Morris. Well done girls!
It turned into a productive weekend for Athenry AC with the womens team taking first place in the Galway Bay Half Marathon on Saturday (pictured above with their manager) & no fewer than 13 medals being won in the Galway 10km Road Race Championships in Loughrea yesterday.
In the Championships Ray Somers took third position in the senior males whilst second & third senior females were Maired Sullivan & Siobhan Guinan. Brilliant running from Siobhan considering she ran a PB in the half marathon on Saturday (Plus was a member of the Gold winning team).
Even Ages Cross Country in Loughrea Sunday 6th October
The first day of the Galway Cross Country championship is coming up next weekend when the Even Ages and Adult Cross Country Championships will be held in Loughrea AC's grounds at Bushfield on Sunday 6th October at 1pm.
Races will commence with the U10 girls at 1pm and will culminate with the senior races later in the afternoon.
The semi-finals of the 23rd Galway AAI Primary Schools Cross Country took part on Tuesday last in perfect conditions around Nolan Park (the pitches) in Renmore. Over 1100 children and 60 schools from around the county were represented. For the first time, the county was split into two, EAST and WEST, due to pressure of numbers.