Published in Reports on 3rd June 2015
The 6th and final race of this years Galway 5km Series was hosted by Tuam AC. Almost 80 athletes from Athenry AC made up a field of 632 for tonight's race. The weather (which provided an additional challenge to those running in Cork City Marathon and the VHI Womens Mini Marathon at the weekend) was kinder to us providing a pleasant evening. Although not warm for June the conditions were ideal for running.
The route remained the same but there was a slight variation at the start and finish. The run in to the finish line was long and seemed never ending. And just when you thought you were there you had to round another corner which caught alot of people by surprise! But finally there it was the timing clock and finish line, both a welcome sight! There was great support along the route as the locals turned out in force to support all athletes.
John Greaney GCH was first man home crossing the line in 15.59. Brian Furey, Rathfarnham WSAF finished in second place clocking 16.17 with another GCH man John Devlin taking third place in 17.02. Back from holidays in Portugal Jane Ann Meehan took the honours for the ladies in 18.17. Registering the same time in second place was GCH's Barbara Dunne and fellow club mate Siobhan Egan took third place in 18.28.
Following the race a big crowd made their way to the Ard Ri Hotel for the traditional post race refreshments. As always the hospitality was excellent and the food delicious! Now that this years 5km series has come to an end, many of us will miss the routine created over the past 6 weeks of travelling to races and running on Tuesday nights. But don't despair I am reliably informed that "Speed" will recommence next Tuesday 9th June at 8pm. If you have never been, Tuesday is a good night to start! I have not doubt Jane Ann will have a nice session planned for us all!
Congrats to all who took part in some or all of the races over the past 6 weeks. Roll on 2016!
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