Great day in Tuam, yesterday 14 February 2016. We have everything except competitors: sun, snow and muck in particular.
Glaway cleared the boards with the men bringing back the O'Duffy Cup to Galway for the first time since 1986-87, with the woman also winning their senior title. Both Galway junior teams were second to Mayo in their respective races.
Well Gorgeous Gort certainly lived up to it's name on Sunday with the sun coming out to play in a race for the first time this year, no wet gear or wolly hats needed for the 171 competitors that toed the line, long may it continue.....
ASICS UK have acknowledged the great running achievements of Jane Ann through sponsorship of their running gear for 2016. They have supplied her with the latest runners, shirts, leggings, t shirts and tops.
Many athletes of Jane Ann's calibre work part time, therefore giving them more time to organise their training schedule, nutrition etc. Jane Ann works full time as well as running her own business and still finds the time to train 15 times a week (running and core work).
Howling gale-force winds on the back of storms Dessie, Barney and Henry, driving Galway rain coming in from the west,
the east, the north, the south, the south-west and the north-east, not forgetting the sub-zero temperatures akin to the
Antarctic in mid-Winter. I just knew when I woke up on Sunday morning that this was going to be the best race EVER!
And so it transpired......
Trim AC Bewleys 10 mile Road Race took place today. The race was on the same course as last year which is on fast flat quiet roads (with some hills at 3, 6 and 8 segments) starting and finishing in Trim. Over 650 athletes lined up in harsh weather conditions. Temperatures were low but it was dry, very strong headwinds were reported from mile 4 which remained for the duration of the race. Two water stations along the route provide brief respite for the athletes.
Congrats to Valerie Glavin who was recently awarded Club Person of the Year for 2015. Amongst other things Valerie ran 24 marathons and also participated in a 24 hour race in London. She won the award hands down with a total accumulation of 130 points. We can't wait to see what she has planned for 2016! Congrats!