Subject: Results of today's Galway Primary Schools Cross Country finals
A big well done to all of the participants in today's primary schools cross country!
The weather smiled on us again on a glorious day in Renmore. Thanks to Renmore GAA club for the use of their changing rooms, to Galway City Council for the use of the playing fields, to the Civil Defence for the provision of first aid and to the army of helpers who as always help us to run off a very efficient event.
Just over 220 athletes took part in Loughrea Athletic Club's inaugural 8km road race today. There were two events, a Fun Run for children at 1.30pm followed by the 8km at 2.30pm. A new distance and new route, the race comprised of two 4km laps of the town (similar to the route for the 5km series). The route was flat (as advertised!) with an elevation of only 6 meters! The sun shone and temperatures hit an unexpected but glorious 18 degrees. It was hot! There was an onshore breeze as we ran in the direction of the lake which was welcome.
On the way to this race, a pal asked me what time I thought I’d run. I said that, all going well, with a fair wind (or none) and a pinch of good luck, the best I could hope for was around 2:52 – but that over 3:00 was entirely possible. In short, I really hadn’t a freaking clue. In light of how things worked out on the day, I won’t really complain.
The Oranmore Coast Road 5km saw approx 114 athletes take part in this year's race. Matt Bidwell GCH won the race in 15.51 with Fergal Walsh just over 1 min behind crossing the line in 16.57. Michael Flanagan was third 17.21 and Athenry's James Corbett finished in 20.55.
For the ladies Barbara Dunne took the honours clocking 18.50. Athenry's Deirdre Brophy completed the distance in 19.35 taking second place. Edel Kelly took third place in 19.43. Congrats to all!
Killeeneen is located outside Craughwell and this is the second year they have run this event. The back to school road race took place on Thursday 10th September. Monies raised go towards the Killeeneen National School building fund. Just over 80 athletes took part in the race. Jason Broderick won the race and completed the distance in 15.44 followed by Peter O Sullivan 17.24 and Johnny Lane was third in 18.14. The first lady home was Edel Kelly with a chip time of 19.47. In second place was Fionnuala Keane 20.47 and Aideen Gilchrist took third place in 23.08. Congrats to all!
The 4th flatline Athlone half marathon and 10km took place yesterday Saturday 12th September 2015 at St. Aloysius College. The event is run by runners for runners and they pride themselves on being one of the best organized and best value for money races in the country. They did not disappoint us!
Many thanks to all who attended this year's Run in the Woods on Saturday, 5 September (eve of 2015 All-Ireland Hurling Final). With the 10km being a new addition, we figured numbers would be a little low but it certainly wasn't lacking in talent or spirit. A fabulous bunch of athletes entered what was a very challenging route right through the heart of the woods.
In the 5km the attendance was good and in particular with an increase in Junior entrants this year.
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