Galway’s Athletics Clubs came together at the Athenry Physiotherapy & Performance Clinic on Thursday night to launch the ‘Galway 5km Race Series’ for 2014.
This hugely successful series of races, aimed mainly at new runners, has been going since 2006 and attracts around 800 entrants every year. The race series was formally launched by three outstanding athletes representing the past, present and future of athletics in Galway.
A short launch event for this year’s Galway 5km Series will take place on Thursday the 6th of March 2014 in the New Health Centre in Athenry at 07:00pm, why not come along and get the inside scoop!! On the evening we’ll be joined by three very special guests representing three generations of Galway Athletics - past, present and future.
The Galway Series occupies a special place in the hearts of many club runners and it will be nice to look forward to the races we’ll have this year in good company.
Athenry Juvenile AC Athletes had a very successful outing last weekend at the Connacht Indoor Championships 2014 held at Athlone International Arena. We had thirty juveniles competing across a range of age groups and they managed to bring home 18 medals betweeen them, including nine gold medals so big congratulations to our 2014 Connacht champions: U12 High Jump Saoirse Healey, U14 Long Jump Aubrey O’Brien, U14 Hurdles and and 800m Brandon Lee, U15 Hurdles and Sprint Lydia Doyle, U18 long Jump, Hurdles and Triple jump Evan Quirke.
Last Saturday saw the return of the brilliant Kinvara Rock & Road series of races in south Galway. Only in its fourth year, this race has firmly established itself as one of the most popular & well organised events west of the Shannon. With a sell out crowd of 1500 a big congratulations must be given to Chris & his crew for getting the event to this high level in such a short timeframe.
A full house turned out in Athlone this evening to witness a fantastic night’s athletics which saw three new stadium records and the star attractions Ashton Eaton, Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Tabarie Henry live up to their reputations.
The Olympic decathlon gold medalist and world champion, Eaton, won the 60m in a new stadium record at the AIT International Arena, with a time of 6:69. The American could only manage third however in the long jump. Eaton’s wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton won the shot put with 13.46 and the high jump with 1.80.
Best of Luck to all our juvenile athletes competing in the Connacht Indoors next weekend 1st and 2nd March at Athlone International Arena
We had a great attendance at tonights training seessions in Athlone from both athletes and coaches- well done to all for making the effort and hopefully the rewards will come next weekend. Next training session in Athlone for those competing in the Connachts will be on Monday night next commencing at 7.30 pm sharp.
Despite the incessant torrential downpours of late, the Sun gods have been smiling down on us for our weekends racing over the past few weeks. If only we could do something about the wind!
A lovely sunny afternoon greeted the 174 runners who turned up in Gorgeous Gort for their 8k outing today. Previously held as a 4 miler, South Galway AC increased the distance this year which gave Galway based athletes a chance to run a mini ‘8k Series’ over the first six weeks of the year, with Tuam AC & Maree AC also holding 8k’s since the turn of the year.
The Irish National 50km Championships were held on a muddy but runable course in Donadea Forest Park this morning. Respresenting Athenry AC were David Noone, Valerie Glavin, Maeve Noone, Ed Egan & Siobhan Guinan who was making her first foray into ultra running.