Firstly, our apologies for the delay in getting this report & attached photo links uploaded. Between a series of electricity & broadband outages in the Athenry area due to the recent storm we were unable to get this sorted earlier.
It’s ‘As you were’ at this year’s 12th edition of the Fields of Athenry 10km as returning champions Eilish Kelly & Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock AC retained their titles whilst Mick also took gold in the male team category.
Despite the gales & monsoon like rain that persisted for most of this morning, the clouds dried up for nearly 100 runners that turned out for the Ballinderreen 10km today.
Gary Thornton made a rare appearance on the local road running scene & was rewarded with a win, beating GCH clubmate Matt Bidwell into second with a time of 30.29, nearly a full two & a half minutes ahead of Matt. Julio Cesar Castro of Kilmurry was third with a 33.05.
Ruthann Sheahan was deservedly featured in last Thursday's edition of the Irish Independent for her ultra running exploits. The report gives some insights into the training regime of the two time national record holder plus some of the crazier aspects of 100 mile training weeks (boiled eggs & jam for one). This recognition is long overdue for someone who came 7th in the world in last year's 24hr road race & on current form I'm sure she will improve on that in the coming year.
Calling all young athletes come and join us St. Stephens morning December 26 for our 1k fun run around Athenry medals for all, all ages welcome. Registration presentation school gym from 9.30 till 10.00 €5 per child race starting 10.15 sharp.
Looking for a Christmas present for that runner who has every little bit of the latest gear out there, well the long awaited History of Clonliffe Harriers entitled ‘Clonliffe Harriers 1886 to 2013’ by Dominic Branigan was launched at a reception held in the Teachers Club on Parnell Square in Dublin City Centre last Friday week.
Athenry Juvenile AC Athletes will be taking to the road this coming weekend for the Uneven Ages National Cross Country Championship which will be held on Sunday 15th December in Waterford. Athenry AC will have a number of teams qualified to represent the club at this All Ireland event as well as a number of individual athletes who will be running for Galway as a result of strong individual performances at the Connacht Championship.
The wet & blustery weather didn’t prevent a good turnout by the Athenry members for this local 5km race yesterday. Twenty club members toed the line with nine of those crossing the finish line in under 20 minutes, amongst those, Kieran Guiry, who after very many attempts :), dipped under the 20 minute marker for the first time. He did it in style too with a time of 19.26 & in current form it won't be long before he breaks the 19 minute barrier.