Athenry AC News
217 runners took part in this year's Claregalway 10km, numbers were slightly up on last year. 10 athletes donned the maroon and white club colours taking on the one lap loop. Weather conditions were described as blustery! For the third consecutive year local man Matt Bidwell of Galway City Harriers claimed victory while Regina Casey GCH last year's winner, finished second.
Matt Bidwell GCH 32:59
Karl Cronin Sportsworld 33:09
Jason Broderick Craughwell AC 34:54
First Athenry man home was David Meehan 36:32 finishing in 8th place overall.
Michelle McGee 36:27
Regina Casey GCH 37:19 WON LAST YEAR
Sarah Collins GCH 32:23
First Athenry lady home was Mary Kealy 43:35
Others from the club taking part include, Gearoid Rohan 36:59, Adam Leadbetter 37:08 a PB of 28 seconds, well done Adam! Donal Leahy 42:12, James Lundon 46:43, Basil King 49:16, Assumptions King 52:37, Caroline Freeney 55:45 and Teresa McGrath 1:07:00.
Race Report: Anne LyngCategory: Race Reports
2506 athletes completed this year's Streets of Galway 8km. The iconic club photo usually taken on the steps of Jury's Hotel was organised by James Lundon. There was a smaller representation from the club this year as the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon was on the following morning. Race conditions were described as blustery, but for once, we saw the wind favour athletes as they ran along the prom in the final stage of the race. There were a few reported PB's and possibly more! We saw an impressive finish to the ladies race with only 18 seconds separating the 3 podium places.
Sergiu Ciobanu 24:25
Jake O'Regan 24:36
Seamus Lynch 25:27
Adam Leadbetter was first club man home, crossing the line in 29.20 and finishing in 45th place overall while securing a PB! Fabian Mangan also brought home a PB clocking an impressive 32:46. Well done Fabian!
Siobhan O'Doherty 27:19
Caroline Crowley 27:23
Laura Shaughnessy 27:37
Deirdre Brody was the first Athenry lady to complete the race. She ran a PB of 31:21. Another PB was achieved by Janet Clancy who crossed the line in 35.43 mins. We done ladies!
As always the race was very well organised and a great success. The local turned out in force along the route to cheer and encourage the athletes along their way! Roll on 2017!
Report: Anne LyngRace Reports
National Half Marathon / 07 Aug 2016 / 08:30 a.m.
Although most of us relish the challenge of a tough race, the 4:30 a.m alarm call was greeted with little enthusiasm. By the time the porridge was consumed and we had hit the M6 the early start was quickly forgotten as the focus turned to the task in hand.
The Rock "n" Roll national half marathon is run on a pretty demanding course with the last 5 miles through the undulating Phoenix Park. Race morning was humid with a strong breeze, not a day for particularly fast times but more of a fitness assessment for those running a marathon later in the year.
Great to see such a strong club contingent running on the day:
Jane Ann Meehan 1:22
Sinead Martin 1:46
Edwina Coen 2:11
Fiona Doughan 1:52
Marguerite Wilkinson 1:57
Kate Gavin 2:11
John Killion 1:48
David Meehan 1:25
Kieran Walsh 1:41
Gearoid Rohan 1:22
Chris Deakin 1:26
Mark Mitchell 1:35
Sean Flaherty 1:49
Kevin Devane 1:56
Liam Mycroft 1:56
Some cracking personal achievements from Athenry AC members. Jane Ann ran close to the national medal finishing a superb 4th overall. Also the senior women's team of Fiona Doughan, Sinead Martin and Jane Ann Meehan finished a very credible 4th in the overall team event. Honest day at the office for most, in particular the uphill section as you entered the Park. These 2 miles were a test of stamina into a stiff wind but thankfully we all survived to race again!
Report: Gearoid RohanRace Reports
We were greeted by the following on the DCM web site this afternoon:
"ENTRY IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE SSE AIRTRICITY DUBLIN MARATHON ON SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER WAVE 1 @9:00, WAVE 2 @9:10, WAVE 3 @9:20, WAVE 4 @9:30.
P.S. Where's AAC's Martin in the attached image?????Category: Running News Attachments: dcmhomepage.jpg
After 8 years in the planning, work finally commenced today on the construction of our new sports facility in Moanbaun. Work started on clearing the entrances onto the site, putting down a contractors carpark and recovering gravel and sand from the spoil heaps on the site. Work was also started on the perimeter cross country track, which is hoped will be complete in a couple of weeks. Finances allowing, it is hoped that the entire project will be completed by 2020 and will deliver an 8 lane, 400m Tartan track, a 4G Astorturf pitch and an indoor training facility. The site will also be fully floodlit.
A few photos from todays initial works can be found here: http://www.athenryac.com/photos/field-day-1-2nd-august-2016Category: Athenry Club News