With the 5k series ongoing for the month of May, the weekends racing has been quiet of late in Galway. This weekend saw the renewal of the Mayfly 10k in Oughterard with just shy of 100 entrants. Galway City Harriers were triumphant in both the mens & womens races with Matt Bidwell & Sinead Brody winning in times of 33.43 & 39.46 respectively.
After the thunder, lightning & stormy showers died down early in the evening, leg four of this years series was held in a wet Claregalway on Tuesday last with over 570 runners braving the elements for another PB attempt.
Galway City Harriers continued their dominance of the series again this week with first two men home, Owen Byrne & Conor Dolan, followed up by Timmy Glavey of Mayo AC whilst the first two women home remained unchanged again with Regina Casey first home followed by Jane Ann Healy. Collette Touhy of Mayo AC was third woman home.
A crowd of almost 200 runners took to the start line for the RNLI Roundstone Bay 8K in Connemara on Saturday. The rain held off for the duration of the race and a small breeze along the course ensured none of the participants overheated as they wove along the scenic coastal roads that are a feature of the event.
There were some great times posted yesterday in the River Moy Half Marathon in Ballina with a handful of PB's in the process.
Ray Somers was 5th person home with a new personal best of 1.18.44 with Mick Duane narrowly missing out on the sub 90mins with a 1.31.33. Mairead Sullivan & Maria Lambe also ran PB's with 1.37.26 & 1.39.39 respectivetly to give them 7th & 11th women home. Noreen Cooley ran a 2.07.38 with Maria Hehir a 2.10.37.
There's something pleasing about running alongside the sea on a mild evening with the smell of the salt air & the coastal vistas which greeted us on the 5k Series' first vist to Maree this evening (13 May).
Forget bearded ladies and no Irish entry in the Eurovision final over the weekend, Athenry AC were making a somewhat more successful competetive attempt at the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation European Championship in Belfast. Assumpta Feeney yet again powered her way to top spot in her weight category and now adds the title of 'Euopean Champion' to her achievements. There is talk that Floyd has been dispatched to the shed to work on an extension to the trophy cabinet, and rightly so as we feel that there is plenty more to come from the Athenry AC powerhouse.