2006 FUTURE Streets of Galway 8k Race Report
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The 21st Streets of Galway 8K Road Race, sponsored by local financial and brokerage firm FUTURE , took place on Saturday evening last. A record 1,452 participants crossed the finish line along Nimmos Pier in the Claddagh.
Prior to the race, many of the participants took part in the pre race warm up sessions with support from the Chartered Physiotherapists of the Western Branch while MC Ralph O’Gorman warmed up spectators with his inimitable commentary throughout the evening.
The race itself got under way right on time at 7.30pm in South Park, with the front-runners passing the 1K mark in 2.52 minutes.
By the 3K mark, a large group of athletes had distanced themselves from the main body of runners – this group included former winner and course record holder Seamus Power of the Kilmurray/Ibrikane club in Co. Clare, the Raheny Shamrock’s trio of Mark Kirwan, Richard Yeates and Michael Clohisey, Brian Maher of Kilkenny City Harriers, Galway City Harrier’s Gary Thornton and Cian McLoughlin of Clonliffe Hrs. This closely bunched group went through the half way point in 11.42 minutes with no major breaks until close to the 6K point.
As the athletes approached Seapoint and with just 1K remaining Seamus Power’s sudden acceleration from the front left the remainder of the chasing group battling for position on the home stretch. McLoughlin emerged from the chasing group to give chase followed by Yeates.
Power reached the 7K mark in 20.58 and with the finish in sight, ran on strongly to be welcomed by huge applause as he approached the finish line at Nimmos Pier with a winning time of 23.47 minutes. McLoughlin finished second in 24.20, with Kirwan running on strongly to beat clubmate Yeates for third position. Spectators witnessed an exciting sprint finish for fifth position – Brian Maher out sprinted Galway’s Gary Thornton and Raheny’s Michael Clohisey with just two seconds separating all three.
The women’s race was won in convincing fashion by Bilboa AC athlete Rosemary Ryan (course record holder) in a time of 26 mins 57 seconds, with 2005 winner Pauline Curley of Tullamore Harriers taking second place in 27.37 while the ever improving Sportsworld Terenure athlete Eimear Martin finished in third position. Local athlete Ann Marie Hynes-Miskell of Galway City Harriers finished in seventh position.
First Junior man was Loughrea’s Jason Broderick with a finishing time of 26.52, more than half a minute faster than his time in 2005. First junior lady was Galway City Harrier’s Nicola O’Ceallaigh in a time of 33.29.
Team and Veteran Placings
The Sportsworld ladies team won the women’s team prize ahead of Galway Triathlon Club ladies team. With three top ten finishers, Raheny Shamrocks AC were worthy winners of the senior men’s team ahead of Ferbane AC.
It proved a good day for the Sportsworld ladies club with Eileen Walsh finishing second to Doneen AC’s Evelyn Hanrahan in the over 35 event, and Ruth McGann picking up the prize for first in the over 50 category.
First in the over 40 men’s category was Waterford AC’s James Sullivan in 26.19 followed by Mayo’s Paddy Murray with Loughrea AC’s Martin Corcoran in third position. Marian AC’s Eugene Moynihan won the over 45 category, with West Waterford’s Con Kelleher and Clare River Harriers' Andy Talbot winning the over 50 and 55 categories respectively.
A large amount of clubs from Ireland participated in the FUTURE Streets of Galway 8K. There was a very strong showing from local clubs including Loughrea, Athenry, GCH, Craughwell and Clare River Harriers.
Many groups around the City participated including the Galway Sub Aqua Club, Tribesmen Rowing Club, Galway Triathlon Club, Hewlett Packard and a large group running for the Galway Simon Community, collecting for local charities. Entrants were received from the UK, USA, Germany and Spain. Galway City Mayor, Niall O’Brolchain was among the many Galway City and County participants, while Galway’s Pat Larkin completed his 21st Streets of Galway. Mickey McLaughlin of race sponsors FUTURE also participated along with several work colleagues. The day indeed belonged to all the participants.
Organisers Galway City Harriers would like to thank the race sponsor FUTURE, also the Chartered Physiotherapists, Park Jewellers who provided the timing clock, Galway Rovers Clubhouse, Fr. Griffins GAA, water people, all local media & Ralph, Gardai, Civil Defence, Stewards, all helpers, City Council, all race participants, residents along the route, and all those who helped out in any regard in the run up to the race.
1. Seamus Power (Kilmurray/Ibrakane AC) 23.47
2. Cian McLaughlin (Clonliffe) 24.20
3. Mark Kirwan (Raheny Shamrocks) 24.32
4. Richard Yeates (Raheny Shamrocks) 24.36
5. Brian Maher (Kilkenny City Harriers) 24.46
6. Gary Thornton (Galway City Harriers) 24.47
7. Michael Clohisey (Raheny Shamrocks) 24.48
8. Noel Kelly (Mullingar Hrs.) 24.59
9. Paul Buckley (Ferbane AC) 25.22
10. John Byrne (Mayo AC) 25.22
Vet Men over 40:
1. James Sullivan (Waterford AC) 26.19
2. Paddy Murray (Mayo AC) 27.08
3. Martin Corcoran (Loughrea AC) 27.11
Vet Men over 45:
1. Eugene Moynihan (Marian AC) 27.00
2. Sean Doyle (Rathfarnham ) 28.30
3. Ronald Naylor (Mayo AC) 29.06
Vet Men over 50:
1. Con Kelleher (West Waterford AC) 29.12
2. Pat Muldoon (Mullingar Hrs) 30.05
Vet Man over 55:
Andy Talbot (Clare River Hrs) 30.16
Vet Man over 60:
Tom Healy (Dublin)
Vet Man over 65:
1. Roger Rushe (Tuam AC)
1. Jason Broderick (Loughrea AC) 26.52
2. Brian McGinley (Ennis Track) 28.31
1st. Raheny Shamrocks (3, 4, 7, 14) 28 pts.
2nd Ferbane AC (9, 15, 16, 54) 94 pts.
3rd GCH (6, 20, 38, 40) 104 pts.
4th Mayo AC (10, 28, 42, 58) 138 pts.
5th Loughrea AC (25, 29, 56, 57)167 pts.
6th Ennis Track (13, 47, 49, 68) 177 pts.
7th South O’Hanlon (31, 34, 66, 73) 204 pts.
8th Athenry AC (A) (39, 48, 97, 129) 313 pts.
9th Clare River Harriers (72, 87, 89, 126) 374 pts.
1. Rosemary Ryan (Bilboa AC) 26.57
2. Pauline Curley (Tullamore Hrs.) 27.37
3. Eimear Martin (Sportsworld Terenure) 28.44
4. Catherine Keohane (Leevale AC) 30.55
5. Leigh Cullen (Dublin) 31.00
6. Fionnuala Doherty (Clonliffe Hrs) 31.43
Vet Women over 35
1. Evelyn Hanrahan (Doneen AC) 30.07
2. Eileen Walsh (Sportsworld Terenure) 32.18
3. Brid Moran (Galway). 35.13
Vet Women over 40
1. Vera McCool (Mullingar Hrs) 32.08
2. Ann Murray (Mayo AC) 32.30
Vet Women over 45
1. Anne Burke (Ballinasloe & District) 33.52
2. Anne McLaughlin (Galway) 35.29
Vet Woman over 50:
Ruth McGann (Sportsworld) 36.12
Nicola O’ Ceallaigh (Galway City Hrs). 33.29
Meet & Train:
1.Mary Connolly (Oranmore). 2. Aileen Melody (Sportsworld)
Women’s Teams (corrected):
Note that results are on women-only placings of team runners declared on the night.
1st Sportsworld Terenure (A) (3, 12, 14) 29 pts.
2nd Galway Triathlon Club (19, 27, 33) 79 pts.
3rd Donore Harriers (28, 29, 35) 92 pts.
4th Sportsworld Terenure (B) (55, 57, 62) 174 pts.
5th Sportsworld Terenure (C) (23, 78, 83) 184 pts.