National Cross Country events at Kilcornan, Clarinbridge 11/02/18

Published in Results on 13th February 2018


The snow melted away but conditions were still very soft and muddy for the cross country events. Eight members of Athenry AC took part in various categories.

National Cross Country championship: Getting Stuck In
by Mary Kealy

Saturday February 10th was like most others: wet, wet, wet. But it was also the eve of  the National  Cross Country Championships, due to be held in the Kilcornan Estate in Clarenbridge.  I had a sneak peak at the course during the week (not too bad) until the rain began. Ah well can't do anything about the weather.

Sunday dawned: freezing conditions with snow and sleet. Luckily for us Galway people, we didn’t have far to travel. Unlike the clubs that came from as far as Donegal and Cork - bus loads. Bad news in the form of a text from one of our dedicated ladies team members: she sustained an injury during the week so was unable to compete. Only three of us left, but we would soldier on. On arrival at Kilcornan things were not looking up. The venue resembled the Ploughing Championships on a bad day: the worst conditions ever! However, it was a hive of activity and a rainbow of colours with most of the country's best runners jogging around happily.

The day started with the juvenile races, then the master women with men 0/65 followed by intermediate women and men. The place getting ploughed up more and more as the day went by. My race (with Athenry members Maggie Vahey, Aoife Callan, myself, Philip Magnier and Martin Keane) was full of super experienced cross country master runners.

We lined up at the start with the best of them. The gun went off Aoife and Maggie shot off but I’m afraid I was too slow and I was unable to gain the lost ground. The muck on the course made it almost impossible to get going with lots of spikes getting lost. (Memo: Practice in order before future attempts).

Aoife was the first Athenry person home followed by Maggie, myself, Philip and Martin. Well done to us all in such trying conditions and lack of experience. I think we all agreed afterwards that although we lacked experience, endured the bad weather  and ran in severe mucky conditions we did enjoy it.

We hope to give it a better shot in the future by roping in some more people and getting lots of practice.



Gort 5k 11/02/18

Published in Results on 13th February 2018

175 runners and walkers braved the cold snowy conditions in Gort for the Gorgeous Gort 5k. It was a new 5k route. Race entry included technical t-shirts for early registrants. Liz Broderick represented Athenry AC and came second in her category.



Coldwood 4 mile 28/01/18

Published in Results on 30th January 2018

It was windy day in Coldwood but that still didn't stop over 120 people from competing in the 4m event. The route was reversed from previous years and to the surprise of many - the finish line was also adjusted to include a lap around a new track at the back of the school. As usual the post race refreshments were excellent. There were over 8 Athenry AC members present and David Meehan came second.



Tuam 8km 21/01/18

Published in Results on 22nd January 2018

The rain eased off in time for the well organised 14th annual road race held by Tuam ac at 2:30pm race on 21/01/18. Race entry included a free goodie bag item which this year was a morf neck gaiter. 226 people took part including 14 Athenry AC club members. The race was dominated by North Sligo AC who took five of the top six male positions and the top two female positions. There was also plenty of excellent post race refreshments available afterwards inc hot soup and scones.



County 10KM road race championship result

Published in Results on 14th January 2018

Congratulations to Jane Ann Meehan on her senior women's success in the recent Galway 10KM road race championship, held as part of the Ballinderreen 10KM back in November.  This web site is only catching up presently :-(.

Well done to all other club athletes who took part but especially those who took home those very special County AAI Medals.

See attached PDF.  

BND10 Result

Published in Results on 14th January 2018


Result is here.  It also doubled at the county 10KM championship.  See that result separately.

Well done to all club athletes who supported South Galway AC's club race.

Photos from John O'Connor are here.

Spring road races in Galway

Published in Other News on 14th January 2018

See the Events tab hereabouts for more information on all races mentioned here...

With the Resolution Run 5KM over us since New Year's Day, the seasons re-starts in earnest in Tuam 8KM next Sunday, 21 January.

Then the Coldwood 4M comes along in its usual late January slot.

February starts with Maree 8KM, who have moved back to their normal slot after flirting with a June weekend in 2017.  It will be the 11th year of the excellent  Maree AC club road race.

Gorgeous Gort are moving back to a 5KM after starting as a 4M and then an 8KM, on the second Sunday of February.  The hill after 5KM is being taken out, much to the relief of many road warriors who support this club-based event.

The Kilconieron 5M road race is two weeks after, celebrating their 10th anniversary, having raised many thousands of Euro for local charities.

The Kinvara Rock and Road set of road races kick starts March.

More races to come as they are announced...