Gearoid, Donal and myself headed to Meath for the Bewley's Trim 10 Mile Road Race. Our day started bright and early in Joyce's Ice Rink in Athenry on what was a very cold morning. Once we hit the motorway the roads were fine and we were on our way with blue skies overhead. This looked like perfect conditions for running.
A good turnout from Athenry AC graced the roads around Coldwood today, Sunday 29 January! The weather was not very kind but it did not stop over 200 people from toeing the start line outside the school.
Fergal Walsh was third in an excellent 22:05, followed closely by Dave Meehan, who dipped under 23 for the 4M course, the latter shouted on by his three girls near Pump House Cross.
Athenry AC came away from Athlone IT International Arena with a bumper haul of medals at the recent Galway Indoor Championships. This was our most successful year since the championships moved to Athlone, taking 33 medals including 9 gold which placed us third in the overall medal table. There were great performances across all disciplines and at all age groups. There were even three Championship Best Performances set by our athletes including Calum Healy in the U14 60m (8.23s), Liam Shaw in U13 Shot Putt (11.88m) and Brandon Lee in the U16/U17 Hurdles (9.17s).
I first met Noel Henry in the early 1980s. Once you met him you'd love to meet him again and again. When I told him where I was from, he was anxious to know not alone the old Derrydonnell AC lads, but also all the Galway runners from early 1900s as he was writing on the subject at that time. Then in early-1984 he contacted me to know would I care to join a group of them who were going to run the Cork City marathon, as they were also trying to gather a few quid for the National council for the blind.