The wind was strong, the rain was sometimes heavy, but the inclement conditions did not stop 65 hardy runners turning out for the Martin Egan Memorial 10KM in Beagh/Shanaglish today, Sunday 19 October 2014, the 5th running of the event south of Gort.
The field included many fantastic athletes including Gerry Ryan, Gerry Carty, Conor Dolan, Mick Rice and Kieran Diviney, to name but a few. The recreational runners and walkers were missed by the organisers; all who togged out today were serious about their running and it showed.
A very fine afternoon greeted the runners for the 4th iteration of the Moylough (North East Galway) 10KM on Sunday (12 October). A good quality race ensured with 22 of the participants breaking 40 minutes, including our own Ronan 'Speedy' McCarthy, for the first time. Very warm congratulations to him on this fine achievement. Some PBs were recorded by others in the club, including Mark Hannon who was until very recenrly worried about breaking 40, and who is now down into the 37s!!!!!
A beautiful day out in Carna on Saturday evening last (11 October) for the 4th running in their popular 10KM Road Race.
Congrats to all the organisers on a very well organised event, with the refreshments coming in for especially high mention afterward, in the Carna Bay Hotel, a hope, step & jump from the start/finish line. If I get a better bowl of soup all year, I'll be surprised.
Well done to Alan O'Brien on a fine time. A Garmin Connect analysis of the course is here.
Our resident ultra loving adventurer Ruthann Sheahan is currently in the depths of South America taking part in the Atacama Crossing, a 136 mile self sufficient race across some of the most inhospitable terrain in the world & the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert. In her own words, a seven day self catering holiday. In our words, simply bloody amazing.
In what has easily become one of the busiest weekends for racing on the running calendar over the last few years we had groups of runners in action across multiple races on Saturday & Sunday.
Top of the pile was Dee Grady who ran a brilliant 2.13.11 in the 30k Human Race in Limerick on Sunday. On a windy day & with a hilly course Dee finished as 3rd female to add another podium finish to her achievements.
A great day in Loughrea AC's Bushfield complex this afternoon, Sunday 5 October.
It was the Even Ages (U-10 to U-18) and adult races. Over 300 toed the line across the 12 races, with huge numbers in both adult races. A full result will be attached when they are made available.
Many and sincere thanks to all in Loughrea AC who put on a superb show, AGAIN, with the course itself in outstanding condition & excellently appointed. There were loads of tea and biscuits afterward in their new clubhouse for those who stayed around for the craic & chat.
Attached is a poster for an introductory orienteering event which is taking place in Galway on 12th October. There are plans to have another three similar introductory events in the Galway area over the coming months.
It was another successful day for the club at the Loughrea AC The Grey Lake 10km race on Sunday with 4 members taking home individual medals from the race itself, with another 13 titles heading to Athenry in the Galway 10km Championships.
Mick Rice was first home for the club & finished third overall in 36.57. Gearoid Rohan was close behind in fourth to take 1st Over 40 with a time of 37.39.
Jane Ann was first lady home & sixth overall in 37.48 whilst Sinead Foran was 1st female Over 35 in 40.34.