A truly massive crowd in New Inn, today, Sunday 29 March 2015, for the 4th running of their increasingly popular 5KM road race.
Kudos to the organising committee from St. Killian's Vocational School on a flawless event, except for the downpour that greeted the finishers at the top end of the field back at the finish line, but which hit those poor souls who were still finding their way around the course, out and around the Ballinasloe road. Sixteen athletes broke 20 minutes while 74 broke 25 minutes with 370 competing altogether.
Earlier this spring I picked up a nasty flu bug and it put a halt to my gallop for a while, including missing my annual trip down to East Cork for the Ballycotton 10. Last week, feeling a bit better, I ran every day except Saturday, as that day was spent watching rugby on TV, and worth every minute of it too. On Sunday morning I dithered over whether I would go to football, hurling or local horse racing (point-to-point down the boreen from me in Rathmorrissey) but in the end I decided to have a go at the 5th Craughwell 10.
Congrats to all the 2015 registered runners from around the county who took part in the Galway 10M Road Race Championship, which was hosted with the Craughwell 10M Road Race, last weekend.
Athletes from 11 different clubs competed (Galway City Harriers, Craughwell AC, Athenry AC, Maree AC, South Galway AC, Loughrea AC, Clare River Harriers, Tuam AC, East Galway AC, Corofin AC and Corrib AC) with 6 different clubs taking home medals.
There seems to be something about Craughwell that brings out the best in Athenry members as once again the results were littered with PBs.
Jane Ann Meehan reconfirmed her position as probably the top female runner currently racing in Galway, taking the win with a commanding 5min gap to second place, running a 60.18 for a big PB & a staggering 5 minute improvement on last year. GCH completed the podium with Grainne Ni Uallachain & Sinead Brody.
Not only is our own Martin Keane a legend on the road, he has serious clothes sense too, if his sartorial elegance after the race - see above - is anything to go by! Straight out of East LA, via Rathmorrissey.
The man was also the only Over 70 male to run in the race today, joined by Mary Cronin (LimerickAC but originally Woodford) as two only two over 70 athletes to complete the course today.