Galway 5km Series - The Final Leg Athenry

Published in Reports on 31st May 2017

Tonight 690 athletes gathered at the start line in Athenry for the final leg of the 2017 Galway 5km series. Approx 22 clubs were represented. Close to 80 donned the Athenry AC colours of maroon and white. Athletes reported conditions were very warm and many welcomed the downhill approach to the finish line! Fabian Mangan was the first member of the club home. Fabian finished in 25th place overall while clocking 18:00. Deirdre Brophy was the first Athenry woman home and she crossed the line in 19:11. Throughout the series there has been a number of athletes who achieved PB's in most of the races. Well done to you! And so the 5km series is done and dusted for another 12 months! Hope to see you all again next year!

Men's Results
Michael O'Connor GCH 15:57
Ben Ryan 16:37 (finished 2nd in Galway, Craughwell)
Neil O'Leary GCH 16:41 (finished 2nd in Claregalway)

Women's Results
Barbara Dunne GCH 18:14 (won Claregalway & 2nd in Craughwell)
Grainne Ni Uallachain GCH 18:19 (finished 2nd in Galway and Caltra and 3rd in Craughwell)
Caron Ryan 18:22 (won Loughrea)

Wheelchair Category
Shauna Bocquet Craughwell AC 15:05 (PB) and won the race!


Photos on our FB page Athenry AC

Iain Shaw appointed National Technical Official for 2017-2020

Published in Club News on 27th May 2017

At the recent Athletics Ireland AGM, the names of the new panel of National Technical Officials were announced for the period 2017 - 2020.  Amongst those new NTOs were two from County Galway, GCH's Eamonn O'Donnell and Athenry AC's own Iain Shaw.  Both Eamonn and Iain now hold the IAAF level 1 certificate of the Technical Officials Education and Certification System (TOECS) -  This award allows Iain to officiate at National events, and also International events held on Irish soil.  Iain already holds national certification as a photofinish operator and has operated electronic timing at many county/regional/national and international events over the past 4 years.

If anyone would like to get involved in training as a T&F official, or would like to get involved in photofinish/electronic timing then please send an email to [email protected]

2017 Galway AAI Half Marathon Road Race Championship

Published in Other News on 25th May 2017

From Galway AAI:

The 2017 Galway AAI Half Marathon Road Race Championships will take place in conjunction with the Athenry AC Half Marathon road race on Saturday 24th June 2017 @ 11am

Enter - here 

All Galway clubs are encouraged to ensure that they have teams of women and men competing in this Athenry AC event.  

The results of these championships will be based on the race's official result and it's incumbent on all local athletes to be correctly registered, both club and category. Galway AAI will produce the County Championship result and get the winners their medals as soon as possible thereafter.

Medals will be assigned to the following categories:

            * 1st/2nd/3rd Male/Female Senior, Masters 035, O50 and O65 

            * 1st/2nd/3rd Male/Female teams of four finishers.

Mayfly 10KM Result

Published in Results on 25th May 2017

Great day in Oughterard last Sunday, 21 May, for the latest iteration of the Mayfly 10KM, sponsored by Corrib AC.  Over 110 finished the challenging course in windy but very sunny conditions.

Full provisional result is attached.

Images from the day are courtesy of Edenhill77.

Galway 5km Series - Claregalway

Published in Results on 23rd May 2017

Results from the 5th leg of the 2017 series are here.

Images are here.

A great evening for running: overcast with a tiny bit of drizzle though a bit windy, which seemed to be against the runners the who way around. 613 finishers. Men's Results Kevin Bartholomew, Craughwell AC 16:59 Neil O'Leary GCH 17:01 Kevin Moore 17:08 Women's Results Barbara Dunne, GCH 18:26 Grainne Ni Uallachain, GCH 28:43 Deirdre Brophy, Athenry AC 19:17 Wheelchair Category Shauna Bocquet, Craughwell AC 17:52

The next generation are in the main photo while the last generation are below (Joe Scanlon, TJ Beatty and Brian Geraghty):

If only you could put those old heads on their young shoulders.  Or those young knees on their old legs!

Michael 'Curley' Cunningham RIP

Published in Other News on 21st May 2017

See here for a news release on the death of Limerick native, Michael Cunninggam, who competed for many years with Bilboa AC and then Moreabbey Milers in latter years.

Michael made regular forays into Galway, winning prizes almost everywhere he went.  When the reporter says 106 races, he means it.  I know that he ran three races one day back in 2013 or 2014, and was more often than not on the podium in every event he competed in during the last 10 years, regularly running sub-3 for the marathon, sub 17 for 5KM, sub 36 for 10KM, sub 60 for 10M and sub 80 for the half.