The seventh running of the Kilconieron 5 Mile Charity Road Race takes place at noon on Sunday 22nd February 2015. This year the chosen charity is Athenry Cancer Care, a local based charity dedicated to helping patients of cancer and their families to cope when cancer strikes. Every cent raised goes directly to providing services to cancer patients in the immediate local area.
Welcome to our new feature, Wind Back Wednesdays where we reprint a report from the depths of the Athenry AC newsreel. We start off this week with a Mick Rice account of his Ballycotton 2006 race. Enjoy.
Of Spritzers & Sprinters
Thursday 2nd March ”“ 03:28pm: On the phone from work to my wife, Margaret.
Mick: “Yeah, I feel a little queasy, Declan says there are a lot of people out with a stomach bug, but I don't think I could have that, I’m not too bad.”
Recently Athenry AC athletes were asked to declare their three athletic goals for 2015. Some of the replies were sensible, some funny, some are going to be tough asks, some people can't count. Most important though - these are your goals and by putting them there for scrutiny by all you will be honour bound to stick to them and answer to your peers at the next AGM (OK, I may have made that bit up). So, in their full and pretty much unadulterated form (bar some formatting) are your replies:-
Congrats to all who took part in the Masters & Intermediate & Juvenile Development National Cross Country Championships which took place at Tuam's Palace Grounds today, Sunday 8 February . An event which was brilliantly organised by Brian Bruton, Brendan Monaghan & their army of helpers that included our own Maire Treasa Beatty, Iain Shaw and James Lundon.
Damien Larkin took the honours in Maree today in a time of 28.20 ahead of Lloyd Malcolm with David Meehan of Athenry in third, a minute behind the winner. With the National Cross Country taking place in Tuam there was a much changed field lining out but there was still a respectable 316 finishers. Clare Rowe of Tuam AC was first woman home with Loretto Duggan of Kilmurray Ibricken second & Edel Kelly in third.
Jim Cregan moved to London in early 1960 in an effort to improve his running career and try to participate in international competition which he was denied when running in NACAI events in Ireland. Jim changed his name for running purposes to Hogan, probably because he feared that he might not be allowed to run in British events because of his NACAI background.
He retained his original surname for everything outside athletics such as employment.
I was saddened to note the death of the legendary Colum (Colm) Corless of Kinvara and Galway hurling fame earlier this week. The Connacht Tribune have a nice piece on him in this weekend's edition (aside: amazing the amount of athletics/running/road race stories in its pages). Colum played minor hurling in 1940 for Galway, who were beaten by my beloved Limerick on the way to our only All-Ireland Hurling Minor/Senior double. He played in the infamous All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final of 1953 (see Galway team in main image) which is still much talked about around these parts as the one that