Ballinderreen 10km - 24th January 2016

Ballinderreen 10km was originally set for the 29th November 2015 but due to flooding the race was re scheduled for Sunday 24th January 2016. Ballinderreen village is approximately 22 km south of Galway City and is a part of the townland of Ballinderreen. Baile an Doirín, means town of the little derry or little oakwood, suggesting the area may once have been more heavily forested with oak. This is a popular race due to its flat course offering an opportunity for a PB! Numbers were up slightly this year with 142 athletes taking on the single loop course.

Art O' Neill Challenge 2016

A word of warning from the start. You simply can’t write a short report about this race, so if you’re not in the form for a saga, turn away now.

The Art O’ Neill has a great history to it but this will be long enough without going into that now, so you can read up on it here.

Tuam 8km - 17th January 2016

In its 12th year almost 390 athletes took part in the Tuam 8km today. The weather was cold and temperatures were hovering around 7 degrees with intermittent showers. GCH dominated the podium taking 5 of the 6 places. The top two men finished in the same order as last year, with Gary Thornton GCH taking the honours in 24.22 followed by Matthew Bidwell GCH 25.54. Michael O'Connor GCH finished 3rd in 27.10.

Athenry AC present cheque to Athenry Cancer Care

The proceeds from Athenry AC's Fit4Life race which took place in November 2015 were recently donated to local charity Athenry Cancer Care.

The cheque for €1,200 was presented by Frances Leahy (Race Director) at The Athenry Cancer Care premises on New Line, Athenry.

Thank you to everyone who supported the race and looking forward to seeing you again this year! Congrats to all concerned.

Anne Lyng

Kenneth takes on the Art O'Neill Challenge

On January 6th, 1592 Art O’Neill, his brother Henry, and Red Hugh O'Donnell made a bid for freedom from Dublin Castle. It was the middle of winter and Ireland was held fast in its icy clutches but they hoped to reach the relative safety of the remote Glenmalure Valley over 50km away.

Ill equipped and underfed they were the only prisoners ever to successfully escape captivity from Dublin Castle but it was an ill fated journey with Art O’Neill dying from exposure only miles from his goal.

Fit4Life

Fit4Life is an initiative by Athletics Ireland for all runners whether you are a complete beginner or a regular jogging/runner. The programme will help you to achieve improved levels of fitness and wellness within the club structure in a fun and sociable environment. Participants are grouped by ability for training sessions allowing runners/walkers to train at an appropriate level. There is progression from walking to jogging to running so no previous experience is needed!

Clarinbridge 10km - 3rd January 2016

The rescheduled Clarinbridge 10k took place today with nine Athenry AC members towing the start line. There was a hint of sunshine in the sky and racing conditions were pretty good as some of our runners (Majella Cummins) were even able to do the pre-race warm up in the club singlet.
 
Not many PBs to report amongst us, possibly the over indulgence over the past fortnight, but we can always blame the 2km of this route which went through a demanding but well-maintained gravel trail in the woods.
 

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