The Fields of Athenry made famous worldwide by the well-known emotional ballad is also the name of Ireland’s favorite Christmas 10K race, which attracts over 1,000 participants from all over the country to the quaint Galway town every year on St Stephen’s Day.
Corrib AC organised a lovely 4KM & 8KM road race out in Killannin last Saturday afternoon (21 November 2015).
Both races starrted and finished from the same place, the church/GAA club car park.
A full result is attached and a set of photos from Edenhill77 is here.
See here. 8th December for on-line entries but AAI registered athletes have a few other options which are less stressful.
Thank you, John Walshe and crew!
There is a children's race on 26th December before the 10km. The race is at 10.15am and is 1km in distance. Same route as last year. The race is open to anyone between 7 - 17 years and entry fee is just €5. You can register on the day from 9.30am in the Presentation School Gym.
Sixmilebridge Ultra took place on the 15th November with 23 athletes taking part in this 30 mile challenge. Mike Curley won the race in 3.34.25 with Athenry ACs Dee Grady finishing 2nd overall while also winning the women's race in 3.42.02. Second man home and 3rd overall was Vinny O'Leary crossing the line in 3.55.25 with Andrew Lenharth clocking 4.09.48 behind him. Finishing 2nd in the women's race was another member of Athenry AC, Valerie Glavin 4.21.48 and Deirdre Finn was third 4.34.36. Chris Deakin competed in the half marathon and finished in third place in 1.29.07.
How many of these 60 kids will represent Galway (and Ireland) in any sports in the years to come. Only time will tell, as it always does!
AthenryAC.com was ten years old a few days back.
Happy birthday, dear old web site!
Hollymount ran their 50th road race last Sunday (15 November 2015) , in incredibly trying weather conditions (certainly not what was seen on Hawaii Five-0, either the ancient or more recent incarnation). A goodly crew from Athenry AC travelled up and scored a team prize in the men's race. Congrats to those who took part in the three races, and to the race organisation who pulled out all the stops to make the day a memorable one for all concerned.
The presentation of surplus funds, that was generated by 2015 Galway 5k Road Races series which was held at 6 different venues throughout Galway last April and May, was handed over to the Galway County Board at their recent monthly meeting. As happened for the past number of years, the funds will be used for the promotion of athletics within Galway County.