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The Fields of Athenry 10K gets a big ‘Thank You’ from Run Ireland — 11th November 2015

Fri, 2015-11-27 19:36

The Fields of Athenry made famous worldwide by the well-known emotional ballad is also the name of Ireland’s favorite Christmas 10K race, which attracts over 1,000 participants from all over the country to the quaint Galway town every year on St Stephen’s Day.

The Race, which is in its 14th year, is delighted to announce Run Ireland as Title Sponsor for 2016. ‘ is Ireland’s largest online resource for activity events all over the country and covers running, walking, triathlon, duathlon, cycling and OCR events and will be influential in helping the race to grow it’s numbers even further this year.

‘The race is organised by runners for runners’, explains Race Director Jim Leahy, ‘The race always attracts an impressive elite field with the course record standing at 29.57and held by Gary Thornton. However as it takes place on St Stephen’s day we pull out all the stops to make it a family occasion with a children’s race and lots of refreshments afterwards. Supporters are as much part of the day as the runners and the whole event is like a festive Christmas gathering’.

Commenting for Athenry AC, Tony Killarney Club Chairperson said, ‘We are very excited about our partnership with Run Ireland. They bring expert marketing knowledge to our event and will ensure the race is even bigger and better this year’.

‘ is entering it’s 10th year in business in 2016 and Athenry AC were one of our first customers so it is appropriate that we are giving something back to the club by sponsoring this great event’ comments Ray O’Connor, who is a well known Galway entrepreneur, probably better known for his multiple marathons having notched up 136 Marathons to date. O’Connor continues ‘I teamed up with a good friend and fellow Athenry AC club mate, Sebastien Locteau, to start, just as a hobby, in 2006 and worked with another Athenry man Alan Burke who built the site for us. We very quickly realized that this was something much bigger than a hobby and within a few years was the recipient of an Eircom Spider Award which is one of the most prestigious awards in the web industry. So our roots are firmly in Galway and even more so in Athenry’.

Run Ireland as a company went on to become the largest provider of on-line ticketing for running events in the country. This part of the company was acquired by US based Active Global in 2012 who now partner with RunIreland to provide world class technology to small events at affordable prices.

For more information on The Fields of Athenry please contact Jim Leahy on 087 9214859 or book online at

About The fields of Athenry 10K:
The 14th Fields of Athenry 10km will take place on St. Stephen’s Day, December 26th at 11am. Over the last number of years ‘The Fields’ has become one of the leading road races in the country, and this year we aim to raise the bar higher. The race is being held on its traditional route, finishing under the medieval arch in Athenry. It has sold out for the last few years and 2014 saw a record number of 1152 finishers with men’s champion Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock AC taking top honours for the third year in a row. So don’t miss out and sign up now.

About Run Ireland:
RunIreland was founded in 2006 by Galway based multiple Marathon Runner and Entrepreneur Ray O’Connor. Having founded the hugely popular Connemara Marathon O’Connor created an on-line booking platform and portal website to make it easier for clubs and organizations to create, market and organize their own events using free technology provided through his website The website soon became the number one on-line resource for running, walking, cycling, triathlon and duathlon events and in more recent years the highly popular OCR events and mud runs. attracts over a million visits a year from people who want to participate in an activity event. The wealth of information, news and articles on the site won Run Ireland an Eircom Spider Award for ‘Best on-line community’.

Media Contact:
Angela Geraghty, ++353 (0)91 709640

Category: Running News

Run Like The Wind 4KM & 8KM result

Wed, 2015-11-25 23:03

Corrib AC organised a lovely 4KM & 8KM road race out in Killannin last Saturday afternoon (21 November 2015). 

Both races starrted and finished from the same place, the church/GAA club car park. 

A full result is attached and a set of photos from Edenhill77 is here.

Category: Race Result Attachments: 15killannin4km8km.pdf

Fields of Athenry 1km Children's Race

Tue, 2015-11-24 18:33

There is a children's race on 26th December before the 10km. The race is at 10.15am and is 1km in distance. Same route as last year. The race is open to anyone between 7 - 17 years and entry fee is just €5. You can register on the day from 9.30am in the Presentation School Gym.

Category: Athenry Club News

Sixmilebridge 30 mile Race - 15th November

Fri, 2015-11-20 18:27

Sixmilebridge Ultra took place on the 15th November with 23 athletes taking part in this 30 mile challenge. Mike Curley won the race in 3.34.25 with Athenry ACs Dee Grady finishing 2nd overall while also winning the women's race in 3.42.02. Second man home and 3rd overall was Vinny O'Leary crossing the line in 3.55.25 with Andrew Lenharth clocking 4.09.48 behind him. Finishing 2nd in the women's race was another member of Athenry AC, Valerie Glavin 4.21.48 and Deirdre Finn was third 4.34.36. Chris Deakin competed in the half marathon and finished in third place in 1.29.07. Congrats to all!

Category: Race Reports

Galway Primary Schools XC Championships - Some Pictures of the Winners

Wed, 2015-11-18 20:34

How many of these 60 kids will represent Galway (and Ireland) in any sports in the years to come.  Only time will tell, as it always does!

3rd/4th Boys:


3rd/4th Girls:


5th/6th Boys:


5th/6th Girls:

girls56_top15.jpg Category: Running News

Happy birthday

Wed, 2015-11-18 20:18 was ten years old a few days back.

Happy birthday, dear old web site!

Category: Running News

Hollymount 10KM - 15th November 2015

Wed, 2015-11-18 18:28
There are mornings you wake up and look out the window and say to yourself “Today is not a day for running” and crawl back in to bed. When the tail end of storm Abigail is still battering the landscape there was more than ample reason to crawl back in to bed on Sunday morning (Nov 15th), but this was the Hollymount 10k, a race steeped in Irish road running history, and with this being its 50th Anniversary the hour long journey had to be made. Slightly reluctantly the wet gear was on and the bag was packed full to the brim of warm gear for the horrid wind and rain that would be waiting at the finish line after.   Myself and 6 other brave Athenry AC souls made the hour plus drive to the hallowed roads that had felt the feet of many noted Irish and overseas athletes in the past, John Treacy, Noel Berkeley and John Woods to name just three. A long list that goes back as far as 1966 and in parts reads like a history of Irish road running.   On the drive in to town we passed by a cycling race that was also taking place, the pain on the faces of the participants was just another stark reminder of what lay ahead. “Why do we do this to ourselves” were the only words I could hear running through my head. Parked up the car and proceeded to registration, Mick Rice, Gearoid Rohan, Rodney Bell, Patrick Forde, James Lundon and Michael Glynn......ahhhhhhh some friendly Athenry faces and all of a sudden you don’t seem so wet, cold and alone. Suit up, warm up and lets go.   The junior race set off at 12, the ladies at 12:30 and with the men due to go at 1 the warm up was done quickly and we were set for the off waiting patiently at the start line at 12:50. This alas is where I must throw in a slight complaint, the men’s race didn’t start until 1:20 and although conditions had eased (very slightly) standing around for half an hour in the cold does not appeal to many runners. Anyway, with time to chat at the start line Mick’s advice was to start slowly, hold a little bit back. This was 3 laps of a 3km+ course, so the first lap was to be almost a reconnaissance mission, then push on for the last 2. Sound advice as always from the ever knowledgeable Mr. Rice!! But of course we are runners, and runners are that strange breed that once the gun goes off all sane thoughts and tactics go out the window and it’s straight in to the pain zone. The race head straight up a hill and straight in to a head wind up through the town, thankfully this is where the cheering support had gathered as with 3 of these to do this is where it would be most needed. The rest of the course is relatively flat but with the wind blowing hard if you weren’t running in a group you were running in to trouble which most of us seemed to do on the day.   This was not a day for fast times, this was a day for toughing it out. We had entered a team to try nab a few prizes and speaking to the crew at the end that seemed to keep everyone pushing that little bit harder when the going got tough, if you saw a Tuam AC or GCH singlet sneaking up on your shoulder the job was to keep it at bay. The job was done well and Athenry AC managed to snag 3rd place in the team event with Gearoid Rohan 37:57, Mick Rice 38:55, Rodney Bell 39:47 (a fantastic time in the conditions) and myself (Ronan McCarthy) 42:30 scoring the points. The other 3 members that braved the elements were Patrick Forde 43:20, James Lundon 46:59 and Michael Glynn 1:07:37. A huge effort by all on a tough day, hats off folks. The race itself was won by Matt Bidwell of GCH in a time of 33:10, he was pushed all the way by fellow Galway athlete Jason Broderick of Craughwell AC (33:22) with Louis Rogers who had travelled all the way from Liverpool finishing 3rd in 34:08. An honourable mention here to 4th place finisher Gerry Ryan of Craughwell AC with a time of 34:30, also snagging the O50 category in the process.   The ladies race (6k) was won by former European champion and all round Irish legend Catherina McKiernan in a time of 21:41 but she didn’t have it all her own way with GCH’s Regina Casey keeping her company until the last few hundred metres and coming home a brilliant second in 22:07.   All in all once the race was run and the souvenir t-shirt (and 3rd place team prize) were packed away we had soon forgotten about the conditions on the day. It was great to be a part of such a historical race and also to watch a true Irish hero in Catherina McKiernan in action in the race before us. Special mention here to new club member Rodney Bell for dipping under the 40 minute mark, the only Athenry AC man to better his target time on what was definitely not a day for doing so.   Ronan (Speedy) McCarthy. Category: Race Reports

Hollymount Five-0

Wed, 2015-11-18 11:49

Hollymount ran their 50th road race last Sunday (15 November 2015) , in incredibly trying weather conditions (certainly not what was seen on Hawaii Five-0, either the ancient or more recent incarnation).  A goodly crew from Athenry AC travelled up and scored a team prize in the men's race.  Congrats to those who took part in the three races, and to the race organisation who pulled out all the stops to make the day a memorable one for all concerned.

Full result attached, courtesy of  John O'Connor was also there to capture this end-of-an-era road race.

Category: Race Result Attachments: provisional_results_for_15hollymount.pdf

2015 5KM Presentation to Galway County Board AAI

Thu, 2015-11-12 22:23

The presentation of surplus funds, that was generated by 2015 Galway 5k Road Races series which was held at 6 different venues throughout Galway last April and May, was handed over to the Galway County Board at their recent monthly meeting. As happened for the past number of years, the funds will be used for the promotion of athletics within Galway County.

At the meeting, a vote of sincere thanks was passed to Mick Rice (Athenry AC) who has worked as the co-ordinator for the 5k series every year since it started and who is stepping down from his position for next year’s event. Also thanks was given to Alan Burke (Athenry AC) for all his work during the past 10 years.

Photograph shows funds (€9,614.53) being handed over to the County Board at their meeting held in Raheen Woods Hotel last week. 6 clubs within county Galway were represented at the meeting.

Back Row: Iain Shaw (Athenry AC – County Board Secretary); Brendan Monaghan (Tuam AC); Martin Smyth (Loughrea AC – 5k series Treasurer); James Lundon (Athenry AC – County Board Treasurer); Brian Bruton (GCH – County Board Chairman); Andrew Talbot (Clare River Harriers AC); Niamh Flavin (Craughwell AC)

Front Row: Gerry Carty (GCH AC); Niamh Keogh (Corrib AC); Mick Rice (Athenry AC – 5k series co-ordinator); Catherine Keogh (Corrib AC); Laura Keogh (Corrib AC); Martin Kenny (Tuam AC).

Category: Running News

Where's Martin?

Mon, 2015-11-09 21:50

The front page of the Dublin City Marathon web site this evening (9 November) has a picture of our club co-president, Martin Keane, except he's not looking in the direction of the  camera!

So where exactly is our Martin (below and attached as the image doesn't render very well in an article)?

wheresmartin.jpg Category: Running News Attachments: wheresmartin.jpg

The Fields of Athenry 10km

Sun, 2015-11-08 14:31
Category: Running News

Athenry AC Fit4Life 5km - 7th November 2015

Sun, 2015-11-08 14:10


The 6th annual Fit4Life race took place yesterday in Athenry, it as a huge success! The race was co ordinated again this year by Race Director Frances Leahy who did an excellent job. And behind every great woman is a great team, as members of Athenry AC turned out in force to help and support this great event.

The Fit4Life programme is a very important part of Athenry AC. It is the backbone of our club which brings in new members and over time many of these athletes progress through the ranks to the senior club. In general people who join our Fit4Life programme are new to running but as is often the case people who ran in the past but haven't run for years like to join Fit4Life to get back to running.

Over the past year we have seen a significant number of the Fit4Life group progress to the Tuesday night speed sessions (criteria for this session is to be able to run 10km). More significantly there are a number of athletes who have run with Fit4Life for the past year or two and have completed their first marathon in Dublin in October 2015. It is a testimony to the commitment of these athletes as well as the commitment of the club to Fit4Life that has lead to such an achievement.

Fit4Life for 2016

We are currently reviewing our Fit4Life programme for 2016 with a view to providing more variety in the sessions while continuing to cater for all levels of ability and fitness. We plan on progressing people who can now run a 5km to run distances of 8km and 10km. We plan to encourage members of Fit4Life as a group to participate in 5km races. We always welcome new members and we hope to see these numbers continuing to rise in 2016. Currently the sessions take place on Wednesday at 7pm and Saturday at 10am (meet at the church car park in Athenry) and the sessions are lead by senior members of the club who are experienced and have been running for a number of years.

All profits from yesterday's race will be donated to Athenry Cancer Care. Thank you to Nuala King and Anne Waldron volunteers with Athenry Cancer Care who came along yesterday to support the event and also presented the prizes to the winners. Following this Nuala spoke of the very good work being done by Athenry Cancer Care.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered yesterday. This includes registration, caterers, marshals, pacers, photographers, start/finish line set up, parking, water station, signage, baking and anyone else who helped. Thanks to Athenry Primary Care Medical Centre for the use of their building and facilities. Last but not least a special word of thanks to all you Fit4Life athletes who participated yesterday, without you there wouldn't have been a race. We appreciate the continued support we receive for this event from neighbouring clubs.

We received the following comments on FB

Bernie Kelly GCH

"Thanks Athenry AC from all GCH Fit4Lifers. Ye are the best"

Louise Hynes

"Pacers were great and very encouraging as were locals cheering us on. Thanks for a great event, my first 5km"

Margaret Flannery

"Thanks guys"

Elaine Glavin

"Pacers were amazing, especially the 32 mins...I got a new PB under 32 thanks to them. Brilliant run"

Justine Slattery

"A lovely run today. Thank you Athenry AC for all the fine food and thank you to Maeve for the lift to the starting line. Justin's & Ger (Milltown AC)

Jayne Killian

"Great photos and was a great event. Thanks to all in Athenry AC"

Anne Earls

"Big thanks to the Pacers and all the organisers! Great event! Big shout out to 28 min pacer...You pulled me to the finish line!!"

Race results will be posted shortly

Pictures on FB

Category: Race Reports Attachments: 15athenryfit4life5km.pdf

Fit4Life 5km

Thu, 2015-11-05 19:31

Fit4Life 5km takes place this Saturday 7th November at 12pm. Registration in Athenry Primary Care Medical Centre from 10.30am. Pacers for 26, 28, 30, 32, 34 and 36 mins to help you achieve your target time! Medals for all finishers. All profits from this race will be donated to a local charity, Athenry Cancer Care.

Register online for €10 at (or €15 on the day)

Category: Running News

50th Hollymount International Road Races

Wed, 2015-11-04 23:39

The 50th Anniverary Hollymount Road races will be celebrated on November 14 and 15.

The 50th Anniversary Organising Committee extend a hearty welcome to all, and especially to athletics clubs from near and far, to come and compete in the events and/or attend the celebrations of the unique occasion. 

November 15: 50th Race day details and schedule:

Entries for the three races are open on and available on the day from 10.30am. Free technical T-shirt for first 100 entries.

Chip timing. Dressing rooms, refreshments available.

Teams need to be declared by their club official before race start. Youths and women - 4 max per team with 3 to score; men:  6 max per team with 4 to score.

Timetable for November 15:

10 am: Cycle organised by Hollymount Wheelers Cycling Group

10.30am: Entries taken at Cois Abhainn centre, race HQ Main St. Hollymount.

12 noon: Start youths 3k

12.20pm: Start women's 6k

12.55pm: Unveiling of statue

1.00pm.Start men's 10k

1.30pm Refreshments available at race HQ

2.30pm: Unveiling of previous winner's plaque

2.45pm: Prize presentation

Some tickets are available for November 14 Saturday night's 50th Celebratory Dinner: contact Sean 086 840 2679 asap if required.

Full details are on attached poster, including entry fees, and substantial prize fund including category and team prizes.

Further information: 087 909 0847, or email: .

See also attachment with list of previous winners. 

Category: Running News Attachments: 1966-2014hollymountwinners.pdf