Tracy O'Mahoney who runs the 'Hot Yoga' Studio in Galway has extended an offer to all Athenry AC members to take part in her classes in Galway. Very frequently runners have difficulty with flexibility and Tracy's classes may be just the ticket for loosening up before your next Marathon or as part of an ongoing flexibility maintenance program.
Tracy says, "We currently have some members who are training for marathons and in the week up to their marathon I allow them to do as many yoga classes as they want for free. The yoga I do is quite strenious and is done in a heated room (not less than 105 Fahrenheight) and the runners find it great for stretching and loosening out before a long run. In the meantime if any of your members would like to try out the yoga please come along to a class for free - make sure that you tell me that your in an Athletics club. If you have any queries you can call me at 087 2642922 or visit my web site at
The final list of entrants has just been published by the organisers of the 2006 Ballycotton 10 Mile Road Race on Sunday the 5th of March next. The final list reveals the largest ever entry from Athenry AC with at least eleven confirmed entrants. These are;
Athenry runners will compete in the largest field ever assembled for this race with over 4,200 entries having been accepted.
Alan Burke's race report.
Waterford Crystal 10 mile road race Dungarvan: 5th Feb 2006
After getting a notion to do all of the Munster 10 mile classics, I thought I had fallen at the first hurdle when I ended up in Austria instead of Mallow.
Luckily for me, while I was practicing my big Airs, 360s and tailspins on a snowboard, the guards in Mallow did me favour and cancelled the race on the line due to heavy fog [thanks lads!].
So it was off to Dungarvan. I managed to secure a lift from Bernie Kelly of GCH, so I didn't have to endure 4 hours of driving just to get there. After a brief and interesting tour of Clonmel, we finally pulled into Dungarvan to find the venue had slightly changed. The local soccer club were actually using their own venue so registration was held in a disused car showroom. An ideal venue as it happens.
Bantry Bay will be the setting for the inaugural “Bay Run”, a 13.1 mile Half Marathon between Glengarriff and Bantry to be held on the May Bank Sunday, April 30th, 2006. Proceeds from the race will benefit Co-Action in West Cork.
The event, which includes both running and walking sections, will see entrants negotiate a challenging route that starts in Glengarriff before entering into the nature reserve, the route then winds its way around the mouth of Bantry Bay and finishes up in the magnificent courtyard of Bantry House. The route will allow participants to take in some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Europe.
The Club’s AGM took place last night the 25th of January in the Western Hotel on Prospect Hill in Galway at 8:00pm. There was a huge attendance by all previous standards with around twenty-five people in attendance. It really was great to see so many familiar, and mostly friendly, faces looking towards the ‘top table’. Discussion was lively and nobody got too much slagging I hope.
The Club had a really good year in 2005, both in and out of competition, and seems all set for more growth in the months and years to come. Over the course of the evening members reviewed and commented on our activities over the last twelve months with perhaps the Club Championship and our 10K race at Christmas being the highlights for most of us.
Saturday morning, I was preparing my bag for work and was thinking to go for a short run before the race on Sunday in Ballina. I was ready to start my day when Alan called me asking if I waiting for him in Tuam. I was surprised and asked him why. When he told me that the race was on Saturday and not on Sunday, I nearly had a heart attack and started to panic at home. I called him 10min later and cancelled all my appointments for the busiest day of the week. I ran in the car with baby Alicia and Aisling at 11h30. I arrived in ballina at 1h15 pm, and met the team for a short warm-up.
1 247 John Byrne Mayo AC
2 435 Damien McSharry Sligo AC
* 464 Robert Malseed Clonliffe Harriers
3 451 Martin Corcoran Loughrea AC
4 441 Brian Kilgannon Sligo AC
5 444 Michael O'Connell Sligo AC
6 240 Alan Kelly Sligo AC
7 460 John O'Brien Galway City Harriers
8 255 Mark Davis Craughwell AC
9 253 Ronnie Naylor Mayo AC
10 254 Michael Tobin Craughwell AC
11 436 Karl Boyce Sligo AC
The programme of events and other details of the upcoming Connaught Regional Indoor Track and Field Championships have now been released. Entry forms (standard & relay) for the championships, a timetable of events and a list of rules and regulations are attached to this article and can be downloaded.
The Western Region have put in place a competition Secretary for this competition who may be contacted at the following email address. Clubs who supply an email address will have their entries acknowledged prior to the competition and kept advised of all developments prior to and following the competition.