Spring road races in Galway

Published in Other News on 14th January 2018

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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...

Fields of Athenry 10KM Result, Prizes & Report

Published in Fields of Athenry 10km on 26th December 2017

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+++++ Official Result and Prizes PDF attached  +++++

We woke up on St. Stephen’s morning to a fresh, crisp and frosty Athenry! Temperatures hovered  between 3 - 4 degrees and the wind was negligible…perfect running conditions! Numbers were at their highest since 2014 with 1095 athletes gathering at the start line opposite the train station to take on the traditional one loop route. Each junction was well marshalled and athletes were greeted with cheers of encouragement along their way. The first 2km brought us to the outskirts of the town where the countryside beckoned. The frost was glistening in the puddles on the roadside and in the fields. You couldn’t but admire the greenness which stretched in every direction.

We reached Castle Ellen after approx. another 2 km. The pacers did a very good job at encouraging the runners to stay with them! The water stations responded very well to the velocity of the runners as they kept up to the demand for water! We encountered a second water station at St Marys pitch before heading back to Athenry. The cold morning didn’t deter the loyal group of locals who scattered the route and in particular for the last km. The 16th Fields of Athenry saw Irish Olympian Mick Clohisey win the race for the 7th consecutive year clocking 30.21. Athenry’s own Jane Ann Meehan (who has been on the podium most years) took the highest step of the podium this year when she won the race 37.39.

Under the leadership of Race Director Jim Leahy the event was a great success. We have received many comments through our FB page commending the club on a great event…‘Lovely atmosphere’, ‘People so friendly’, ‘very well organised’, ‘big thanks to the 55 min pacers’ (Mary Rohan and Martin O’Hara), ‘lovely route’, ‘lovely hat’, ‘great job’. 

For the second consecutive year Hygeia were the title sponsor for the race. In addition we have many loyal sponsors who have continue to support us over the years. The colour of the hat was picked to honor the Galway Hurling Team who won the Senior All Ireland Final this year. It was by far the most popular hat to date with offers to purchase same! Finally a big thanks to all volunteers, supporters and athletes who ran the race. Hope to see you again in 2018.

John O'Connor's Flickr multiple albums can be viewed here.

Senior Men

Mick Clohisey 30:21

Keith Fallon 32:34

Barry Donovan 32:42

Senior Women

Jane Ann Meehan 37:39

Colette Tuohy 38:32

Sinead Brody 38:51

Competition Time!

Published in Fields of Athenry 10km on 17th December 2017

Competition Time!

Galway All Ireland Hurling Champions pictured above!  We are giving away 2 free entries to the Fields of Athenry 10km in 2018! All you have to do is go to our Facebook page (link below) and name as many members of the team in the picture and tag a friend and share the post. The lucky winner will receive the first 2 entries for next years race! Competition closes in one week on Christmas Eve. Draw takes place on Christmas Eve at 8pm.

Congrats to Brian Burke who won 2 free entries for next years race! 

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Athenry AC Club 5KM Handicap Championship Result

Published in Results on 17th December 2017

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The 15th annual Athenry AC 5KM handicap championship took place in and around the town of Athenry on Saturday morning, 2 December 2017.  The event took place on the club's 5KM Series leg course and was well supported by both club athletes, as well as a number of guests.  Full result PDF attached.

The event was well organised by Jane Ann Meehan and her merry band of helpers.  

The four prize winners were:

Overall: Aidan Madden

Master: Patrick Forde

Fastest: Fergal Walsh

Guest: John Callanan

Image : Jane Ann Meehan with overall winner Aidan Madden to her right and fastest runner Fergal Walsh and master winner Patrick Forde to her left, in the Athenry Primary Care Medical Centre after prizegiving.