Preparation on track for 50th running of the Hollymount International Road
With just 4 months to go until the big day, major planning and
preparation is making strides to ensure the 2015 Hollymount Road Race
is the best ever in its distinguished 50th year history. Sunday
November 15th will see everyone from elite athletes to complete
beginners descend on the South Mayo village to test themselves around
the picturesque circuit.
Date for your diary...
Claregalway 10km Road Race is on Saturday 22nd August at 6pm. Enter online at www.runireland.com Entry fee €20 (€5 from each entry goes to Galway Hospice) T-Shirt for all entrants. Race pack pick-up and late entries at Claregalway Community Centre. Race starts outside Claregalway School and finishes outside Claregalway Community Centre. Prizes for first 5 individual men and first 5 individual ladies and first 2 men and ladies over 40, 50 and 60. Brendan Gavin memorial plaque for the largest team entered.
Athenry AC are hosting their annual 10km Burger Run on Friday 24th July at St Mary's GAA Club House (approx 2.5 miles outside Athenry town). Registration is on the night and the race starts at 8.00pm. Our very own Master Chef Owen Curran is organising the BBQ again this year and there will be a delicious burger for all athletes after the race!
Headford 8km took place on Saturday 4th July in Headford town.
This charity event now in its 11th year saw almost 240 athletes complete the distance in very mixed weather. All proceeds from the race go to charities supporting children with disabilities. To date the race has raised over €35,000 and provides valuable additional funds to support children in their own communities by providing short breaks, respite and in-home supports.
There were great results from the Athenry AC athletes on Day 1 of the 2015 GloHealth National Juvenile Championships. Calum Healy continued a fine year with a silver in the long jump, and he still has two days of competition to go and high chances of further medals to bring back home. Thomas and Jessie Barr are often considered to be the poster siblings for Irish Track and Field but Athenry AC have their own brother-sister team in Brandon and Shannen Lee. Brandon won his hurdles heat by the width of his vest but made sure in the final and took gold in a very convincing fashion.
Day 2 of the County Track and Field took place on Sunday 28th June at the Regional Sports Centre, Dangan. A small but very active Athenry AC team took home 15 medals, including a massive haul of 6 medals for Anne Lyng who only decided on the morning of competition she was going to compete. Anne took gold in 100m, 200, and 800m and silver in 400m, long jump and high jump. Yvonne Knight, who took a bit of persuading to compete ended up with 4 golds - 400m, LJ, discus and high jump.
The club is hosting a relay event on Tuesday 30th June which promises to be very exciting! There are approx 23 teams (3 runners per team) taking part! Race Director Mr Jim Leahy has put a lot of time and effort in to organising this event. He has given great consideration to team names which I hope does not reflect our performance (Turtles, Sloths). Meeting at the Church Car Park at 7.45pm to collect our name badges and "formulate our race strategy" we will be briefed on the "do's" and "don't" before running to the starting point on the link road. Promises to be an enjoyable event!
The Monivea Half Marathon and 5km took place today, Saturday 28 June.
The 5km is in its 6th year and the half marathon in its 3rd. The half marathon was the official County Galway AAI Championship Half for 2015 and Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in addition to the usual cash prizes in all categories.