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BDN 10KM Result

Mon, 2014-12-15 01:14

Congrats to Mary Kealy who was 4th (and first master) woman home in the BDN 10KM this afternoon, Sunday 14 December! She was decked out in AAC singlet and green Fields hat all the way through. Bernie Mulryan almost broke 45 minutes and was 7th woman home.

James Lundon ran his 43rd race of the year, clocking low 43s, somewhat off his sub-42 a few weeks ago. The AAC Christmas Party must have taken more out of him than he thought it might! Club stalwart James Corbett also ran his 9th race since August and is continuing to improve his times.

Congrats to all in South Galway AC (Juvenile) on an excellently organised event over what feels like a fast course. It was also a good day for neighbouring "club", Gort Hurling Club.

Full result is here.

Category: Race Reports

Last Chance to enter Fields of Athenry 10km

Sat, 2014-12-13 17:49
A Green hat on a Christmas tree

Despite a late push from the lobby for a pink hat, this year's hat for the Fields of Athenry 10km will be green. 

You still have a chance to enter online - Entries close late on 22 December - if not full already. 

Full details over at the dedicated race website.

Category: Fields of Athenry 10KM

Carnmore 'Turkey Trot' 5KM result

Sun, 2014-12-07 22:49

Full provisional result attached.  Congrats to all Athenry AC athletes who togged out and ran on what was a cold and quite windy early afternoon in Carnmore.  Jane Ann Meehan won the women's race while Gearoid Rohan beat Ray Somers who beat Mick Rice in what looked to be a battle royale just ahead of her, all in the 18:0Xs.

P.S. Congrats to the Athenry U-21 hurlers likewise on their 'A' success today against Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry.

Category: Race Result Attachments: 14carnmore5km.pdf

AIT Baseline Indoor T&F Meet

Fri, 2014-11-28 21:44
AIT Baseline Indoor T&F Meet, Wednesday December 17th, AIT, 7pm start.   Athlone IT AC currently invites entries to the 2nd annual ‘AIT Baseline Indoor T&F Meet’ from athletes looking to lay down a marker for the coming indoor season.   This will be a low-key event where athletes will have the opportunity to test themselves over several non-standard distances on the state-of –the-art Athlone IT International Arena facility.  Electronic timing will be available.    While many athletes may not yet feel fully race fit, the programme comprises several distances often used in training to assess fitness, or lay down a base-line.  So get down to AIT on Wednesday December 17th to lay down your baseline and kick off your indoor season.   Entries must be made on-line here by close of business on Monday 15th December.  Cost is €5 per event, payable on line. 

  Athletes must be eligible for senior competition as per Athletics Ireland rules.    List of events below.  Timetable will be confirmed after entries close.   Track events – first race 7pm. 1.       60m (Race 1) 2.       600m 3.       3000m 4.       150m 5.       300m 6.       60m (race 2)   Field events . 1.       HJ 2.       SP 3.       LJ





Category: Running News

Tommy Madden Perpetual Trophy & Medal

Tue, 2014-11-25 23:01

In honour of their father, who passed away earlier this year, the family of Tommy Madden have kindly donated two perpetual trophies for the first male & female winners of the Fields of Athenry 10km road race which is held every St Stephens Day in the town. To go along with that they have ordered exact replicas of their fathers very last national cross country medal which he won in 1966 & these will also be presented to the male & female winners of the race going forward. The medal is sterling silver with a coloured enamel coating & is a lovely bit of kit.

Tommy Madden was a founding member, and a star performer with, the famous Derrydonnell AC which dominated Galway Athletics during the 1950’s and 1960’s. A star of track & field, cross-country and road racing, Tommy pioneered athletics in Galway alongside his illustrious Derrydonnell team mates which included Willie Morris, Bernie Rohan, Mick Molloy, Bernie Feeney, Kevin Ryan, Bernie Ruane and many others. 

Tommy won four individual senior Galway cross-country titles in Derrydonnell colours as well as countless other cross country, road and track championships which included several national titles. In 1959 Tommy was just beaten, by Joe Cunningham, for the All Ireland one-mile title on a grass track at the Iveagh Grounds in Dublin. Three weeks after that Joe Cunningham set a new Irish mile record of 4:13.

Derrydonnell AC won the Galway Senior Cross-Country team championship on an amazing fourteen consecutive occasions from 1956 to 1969 and during their period at the very top of Irish middle, long distance and cross-country running its members won every award and accolade available. They broke new ground for Irish Athletics when they became the first Irish Athletics club to compete in America & their visit to New York in 1961 demonstrated that they were prepared to innovate and to compete outside of the confines of local or even national boundaries. The club also visited and raced in London in 1963.

Good relations existed between the leading AAU club, Donore Harriers, and Derrydonnell AC which resulted in the staging of an historic relay race between the clubs from Ballinasloe and Galway on May Day 1966. This was to play an important role in the formation of the BLE, which encompassed both bodies and achieved international recognition for all Irish athletes.

Category: Running News

Athenry Runners To 'Tidy Up' This Christmas

Tue, 2014-11-25 22:58

With the 13th edition of the Fields of Athenry 10km road race fast approaching, Athenry AC have announced that they will once again be partnering with the Athenry Tidy Towns Committee for their popular annual event.

As previously, a portion of the proceeds of the race will go to supporting the ongoing work of Athenry’s Tidy Towns Committee. With the race expected to attract its largest field ever - perhaps in excess of 1,500 runners & walkers - it will doubtless be one of the largest sporting events that the town will host this year.

Race director Frank Burke of Athenry AC said, “We’re absolutely thrilled to be associated with the Tidy Towns Committee. Everyone who runs or walks around the town will be aware of the great work they do. We’re hoping for a great race this year and want to remind everyone that, although some of the fastest runners in Ireland take part in this race, walkers and runners of all standards are also very welcome to join in.”

The race takes place at 11:00am on Dec 26th, starting from Station Road. Race details and online entry are available on

Category: Running News

Clarinbridge 10km Results

Mon, 2014-11-24 10:29

A lovely day and a good turnout for the Clarenbridge 10KM, last Sunday, 23 November.  Congrats to the organisers on an excellently-appointed race and one that the local running community have taken to their hearts in recent years.

Athenry AC athletes all did themselves proud, including Jane Ann Meehan who added to her burgeoning collection of local prizes with another strong run in the mid-38s to be first woman home.  She took the scenic route around the course though, stopping on a number of occasions to admire the scenery.  Gearoid Rohan had another strong run in the mid-37s (PB?).  Dave Meehan, Chris Deakin and Pat McDonagh all dipped under the 40 too, all wearing their maroon & white with pride!

Mary Kealy was first master/veteran woman home and also ran a PB of sub-43.  She was followed closely by Mairead Sullivan, running very close to her PB again, after a long year on the roads of Ireland.

James Lundon did run a sub-42 for the first time in exactly two years, though John Cunniffe had to go into the raw data to prove it as the PDF/XLS result only gave him a flat 42.

At least two other Galway club athletes broke 40 for the first time, Mr Burke of Tuam and Mr O'Conghaile from South Galway - sincere congrats to both on this singular achievement.

Results located here.

Category: Race Result