This 130 page book with numerous photographs details the achievements of Ballinamore Athletic Club in the fifty years since it’s foundation in 1965 and outlines the developments in national, provincial, county and international athletics since 1880.
Saturday saw two representatives from Athenry AC compete at the National Junior / U23 championships. Ryan McNelis and Patryk Woleniuk had both targetted these championships as their main summer goal and both came away with medals and PBs. Ryan, who is a youth athlete, was entered for both the 400mH and the 110mH, both of which were at heights greater that Ryans usual heights. In the 400mH Ryan clocked a new PB over the 3 foot barriers of 59.54 and took silver in the process. Patryk, in his first EVER run over the 400mH took bronze.
Headford 8km is a popular annual event for many athletes. Tonight's race marks the 13th anniversary of this race. As in previous years, all proceeds go to support people with intellectual disabilities. Although numbers were down on last year, there was still a great turn out as 238 athletes lined up to run the route. There was the usual support from local clubs including Mayo AC, Annaghhdown AC, Casrlegar AC and Tuam AC. GCH women dominated the podium by taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
At this weekends National Track and Field league, three of Athenry ACs young stars were on show representing County Galway. This is the first year for a number of years that a mens county team was entered, and they were competing in Divison 1 in Athlone. Galway Women had a great year last year and so they find themselves in the Premier League (again cometing in Athlone).
You’ve never been truly lost until you’ve been dropped in the middle of a mountain range with a map, compass & a list of numbers as your only directions home. BUT, if this sounds like fun to you then Rogaine is the sport you want. Basically long distance orienteering, the name of the game is to score as many points as possible by hitting grid reference control points within a specified time cut off. The person with the most points at the end wins.
Just over 300 athletes turned up in Monivea on Saturday morning for the Athenry AC Half Marathon and 5km. Numbers were almost double the 2016 figure for the 5km and down by around 30 for the half. The weather was on our side but didn't favour those running the longer distance. It was hot and draining. The Athenry women secured 2 of the 3 podium places in the half marathon. Jane Ann Meehan was first to cross the line for the 4th consecutive year, with Yvonne Fehily taking second place.