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Kilconieron 5M

Mon, 2017-02-20 21:24
Date: Sunday, 26 February, 2017 - 12:00

Nineth year of this outstanding race.  See attached flyer.  

Also see exciting new course below:


Two news books on Irish clubs - Midleton and Ennis Track

Sat, 2017-02-18 13:27

Great to see more clubs writing down their history, Midleton AC and Ennis Track being the latest.  They deserve all our support in these initiatives.

The Midleton AC launch is here and their Facebook is here and here.


The Ennis Track launch is here and their Facebook page is here.

ennistrack25.jpg Category: Running News

Gorgeous Gort 8KM Result

Mon, 2017-02-13 09:46

Congrat to South Galway AC on a superb 8KM race and organisation yesterday, Sunday 12 February.  The full result can be obtained here and attached.

Mary Kealy was the W50 winner.  Conditions were bitterly cold, windy but dry over a challenging course.  It idid'nt stp quite a number of people running close to their POBs for the 8KM double loops to the west/south of town of Gort.

Category: Race Result Attachments: gort8km2017.pdf

Golden Day for Galway Masters Men especially Martin Keane

Mon, 2017-02-13 09:42

Congrats to the Galway M65 mens who won Team Gold in Waterford IT yesterday, Sunday 12 February.

Pictured, Georgina Drumm presenting the winning medals to our own Martin Keane, Andrew Talbot (CRH), Martin Hynes (Tuam AC) and Martin McEvilly (GCH).

It as Martin's first time to don the Galway vest, and a winning one too.

Category: Running News

Claire Feeney raises E5,700 for Galway Hospice

Thu, 2017-02-09 22:10

Congrats to Claire Feeney on raising E5,700 for the Galway Hospice by running in the recent Fields of Athenry 10KM.

Extra kudos for wearing the 2016 hat when taking the photo, which appeared in this weekend's Connacht Tribune!

Category: Fields of Athenry 10KM

Fair play, TJ!

Thu, 2017-02-09 20:17
Fair play to a good friend of AAC, TJ Beatty (Loughrea AC), on his big award at last weekend's Galway Sports Stars Awards!   He won the "Special Dedication" award in recognition of his lifetime’s involvement in athletics: competing, coaching and administratiion!   Category: Running News

Trim 10 mile

Sun, 2017-02-05 21:58

Gearoid, Donal and myself headed to Meath for the Bewley's Trim 10 Mile Road Race. Our day started bright and early in Joyce's Ice Rink in Athenry on what was a very cold morning. Once we hit the motorway the roads were fine and we were on our way with blue skies overhead. This looked like perfect conditions for running.

We arrived in Trim in good time, collected our numbers, got in a warm up and headed for the start line hoping for a good run. By race start at 12pm the weather was absolutely perfect for running. The gloves were on but it was blue skies all round and zero wind. So that was one excuse we wouldn't be able to call on later.

The course starts in a business park with plenty of warm up areas and after a couple of left turns you are out on quiet country roads. There are no major hills to worry about, just a few inevitable drags that come with running 10 miles in Ireland. But if there was an up, there was a down and the miles went by as easily as could be expected. Just over an hour later we were back at the business park and there it was – the finish gantry!

Donal finished in a PB of 1:09:52 in only his second 10 miler, with around 1000 runners behind him. I had a PB of 1:01:28 and was delighted with it. Given that it was his first race back after his injury, the pre-race chat had Gearoid looking for a time of around 1:04, which would have been 5 minutes off a PB but still a good solid run in the circumstances. When I was crossing the line I thought I heard the finish line commentator saying well done to the Athenry lads (plural) and sure enough when I turned around there was Gearoid. It's great to see him back in business.

So after a warm down and a stretch we headed back west with just two more stops to make. One for a coffee and one at the lake in Loughrea (Donal's crazy idea) for a dip in the cold water to help the legs recover. As we pulled in to the car park we noticed three brass monkeys running in the opposite direction. They seemed agitated.

The number of finishers jumped from 650 in 2016 to 1264 in 2017, and it will likely increase again next year. There was no queue to pick up our numbers, a good honest course and a nice long sleeve top (although you had to enter by a certain date to get one). They also sent out an email looking for feedback before we even got back to Athenry. Trim AC put on a good show and we hope to be back again next year.

Chris Deakin

Category: Race Reports

Ron Hill's 19,032 days

Mon, 2017-01-30 11:01

See here for an article on Ron Hill's sequence being broken over the weekend due to illness.  We all wish his the very best and hope that the illness is not serious!

The longest recorded running streak in history ended Saturday when England's Ron Hill completed a one-mile run. The 78-year-old former Olympian did not run Sunday for the first time in 52 years and 39 days — a streak that dates back to Dec. 21, 1964, five days before the Beatles topped the Billboard charts with the single “I Feel Fine.”

Category: Running News

Tough day but a nice shiny PB for Patryk

Sun, 2017-01-29 20:28

Patryk Woleniuk was the sole representative for Athenry AC at this years Irish LIfe National Junior and U23 Indoor Championships held at the Athlone International Arena today.  Patryk has been consistently chipping away at his times for 60m Hurdles and today was reward for the hard work during this years indoor season.  Patryk lined up for the final of the Junior Boys 60mH amongst some very tough competition including the currently in form Daniel Ryan and Valentino Goularas.  As expected Ryan blitzed the opposition, winning by nearly 0.3 of a second in a time of 8.03 with Patryk came home in 9.78s taking nearly 0.5s of his PB and almost a full second off his seasons best.  Next up for Patryk will be the Connacht and then National Indoors as he continues his preparataion for his first Decathlon in May.

Category: Athenry Club News

Coldwood 4 mile - 29th January 2017

Sun, 2017-01-29 19:17

Results from today's race in Coldwood

Category: Race Result

Athenry Half Marathon 24th June 2017

Sat, 2017-01-28 23:03
Category: Running News