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Moylough 10KM Result and Report

Tue, 2014-10-14 10:17

A very fine afternoon greeted the runners for the 4th iteration of the Moylough (North East Galway) 10KM on Sunday (12 October).  A good quality race ensured with 22 of the participants breaking 40 minutes, including our own Ronan 'Speedy' McCarthy, for the first time.  Very warm congratulations to him on this fine achievement.  Some PBs were recorded by others in the club, including Mark Hannon who was until very recenrly worried about breaking 40, and who is now down into the 37s!!!!!

Our own Bernie Mulryan was third in the senior women's race, while it was also great to see old timers like Tony Killarney, Thomas Porter, Tommy Joe Whyte and Roger Rushe still make their way around the course in one piece.  They continue to be an inspiration to all us younger runners!

A final word from the organiser, Linda Mellody:

"Another successful event on Sunday 12th, North East Galway 10k held its 4th Road Race.  130 runners showed up on the beautiful sunny day in Moylough, with athletes having a great race and some new names on the winning sheet.  Check our our Facebook page for more information and images of the race here."

The full provision result and prizes are attached!

Ray Somers and Damien Larkin, second and third on Sunday!

P.S. Moylough are now the proud owners of an outdoor bowling green, at the race finish libe, perfect for former runners to wind down into retirement.  I'm hearing that Vincent Conway of EGAC has already joined the new club there now that his new knees are on the mend ;-).

Category: Running News Attachments: 14moylough10km.pdf

Carna (Conamara) 10KM Result

Tue, 2014-10-14 10:04

A beautiful day out in Carna on Saturday evening last (11 October) for the 4th running in their popular 10KM Road Race. 

Congrats to all the organisers on a very well organised event, with the refreshments coming in for especially high mention afterward, in the Carna Bay Hotel, a hope, step & jump from the start/finish line.  If I get a better bowl of soup all year, I'll be surprised.

Well done to Alan O'Brien on a fine time.  A Garmin Connect analysis of the course is here.

The full result is here.

Category: Race Result

Ruthann In Chile

Thu, 2014-10-09 22:02

Our resident ultra loving adventurer Ruthann Sheahan is currently in the depths of South America taking part in the Atacama Crossing, a 136 mile self sufficient race across some of the most inhospitable terrain in the world & the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert. In her own words, a seven day self catering holiday. In our words, simply bloody amazing.

Course description from the race website;

‘The course of the Atacama Crossing takes competitors across a wide variety of terrains and includes approximately 3,500 meters (11,500 feet) of ascents and descents over the 7-day race.

Starting at above 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) in the Arcoiris Valley, the race gradually descends over the six stages to finish in the pretty town of San Pedro de Atacama at an elevation of 2,400 meters (7,900 feet).

Competitors will tackle sand-dunes, river crossings, gravel, loose rocks, hard packed earth and even waist high grass during the event. This is in addition to the infamous salt flats that even the most dexterous of runners find nearly impossible to cross at full-speed.’

Ruthann is keeping a daily blog which can be viewed here. I'm sure there will be a fantastic report to follow on her return home.

Category: Running News

Weekend Round Up

Mon, 2014-10-06 10:52

In what has easily become one of the busiest weekends for racing on the running calendar over the last few years we had groups of runners in action across multiple races on Saturday & Sunday.

Top of the pile was Dee Grady who ran a brilliant 2.13.11 in the 30k Human Race in Limerick on Sunday. On a windy day & with a hilly course Dee finished as 3rd female to add another podium finish to her achievements.

As always we had a large group in action in the Galway Bay Half Marathon & 10k on Saturday. In the 10k both Mick Duane & Kenneth O’Dea ran stormers to dip under the 40 minutes for the first time whilst Marguerite Wilson ran a 55.40 on her first 10k outing for this year.

Mick Duane                  -              39.42

Kenneth O’ Dea            -              39.53

Adrian Fitzmaurice       -              41.00

Peter Elwood                -              50.12

Miriam Wall                  -              54.26

Marguerite Wilson        -              55.40

Mary Duane                 -               56.14

Anne Hunter                -              1.01.43

We had a larger group going in the half with some brilliant performances, including two members who dipped under the 90 minutes. John Langan posted a 1.29.22 & narrowly missed out on a PB by 5 seconds whilst Pat McDonagh blasted his previous best out of the water with a 1.29.36 & a 6 minute PB. Paul Hegarty narrowly missed out on the sub 90 with a 1.30.49 but still gained a 5min PB but Sheelagh Earls & Marie Finn kept up the new PB trend with 1.50.48 & 2.03.21. Jane Mangan, Caroline Mitchell & Maria Hehir ran a 1.59.09, 2.08.39 & 2.11.20 respectively & Yvonne Dowling took nearly four minutes off her Connemarathon time with a 2.07.34.

John Langan                     -              1.29.22

Pat McDonagh                  -              1.29.36

Paul Hegarty                     -              1.30.49

Gearoid Rohan                  -              1.39.40 (Pacer)

Sinead Foran                     -              1.45.08 (Pacer)

Mairead Sullivan               -              1.49.31 (Pacer)

Jane Mangan                     -              1.59.09

Johnny O'Connor (remember him!) - 1.59.24 (Pacer)

Marie Finn                         -              2.03.21

Yvonne Dowling                -              2.07.34

Caroline Mitchell               -              2.08.39

Maria Hehir                       -              2.11.20

Only a few weeks ago Athenry AC fielded a large group of runners in Athlone for one of the flattest races in the country, the Flatline Half Marathon. Yesterday was a different story in Athlone as eleven members tackled the Athlone 3/4 marathon, possibly one of the few races around with practically no flat sections of road over nearly 20miles of running (at least it seems that way).

After a nice pacing gig (4hr marathon group) here last year I thought the route was nice & challenging but nothing out of the ordinary. After running a tempo session on it yesterday I have different feelings. Over the last year the final hill at 18.5miles somehow slipped my mind but after a slow walk up it yesterday (& a mix up with my nutrition) it is now burned into my memory forever more. I still managed a 2.31.18 but was left with questions to be answered in Dublin in a few weeks’ time.

Martin O’ Hara was first member home & finished strongly (trust me, I saw him disappear into the distance over that last hill) with a 2.28.59 & a seven minute improvement over last year. As ever Maeve Noone ran a consistent race with a 2.33.18 (13th female) & was followed closely by Siobhan Guinan in 2.34.44. In a rare appearance (without a bike ) Aonghus McGuinness finished with a 2.41.49 with Fiona Doughan next home in 2.46.20.

We also had a few former F4L’rs using yesterday as a long run in their prep for their first marathon in a few weeks. Cheryl Winston ran a 3.30.45, Majella Cummins a 3.35.17 & Caroline Freeney a 3.38.16.

Martin O’ Hara                 -              2.28.59

Kenneth O’ Hara              -              2.31.18

Maeve Noone                   -              2.33.18

Siobhan Guinan                -              2.34.44

Kieran Guiry                      -              2.36.51

Aonghus McGuinness       -              2.41.49

Fiona Doughan                 -              2.46.20

Maria Lambe                    -              2.53.35

Francis Leahy                   -              3.12.54

Cheryl Winston                 -              3.30.45

Majella Cummins              -              3.35.17

Caroline Freeney               -              3.38.16

Category: Race Result

Galway Cross Country Result and Report (UPDATED)

Sun, 2014-10-05 20:16

A great day in Loughrea AC's Bushfield complex this afternoon, Sunday 5 October.

It was the Even Ages (U-10 to U-18) and adult races.  Over 300 toed the line across the 12 races, with huge numbers in both adult races.  A full result will be attached when they are made available.

Many and sincere thanks to all in Loughrea AC who put on a superb show, AGAIN, with the course itself in outstanding condition & excellently appointed.  There were loads of tea and biscuits afterward in their new clubhouse for those who stayed around for the craic & chat.

The result is here.

Category: Race Result

Introduction to Orienteering

Tue, 2014-09-30 23:13

 Attached is a poster for an introductory orienteering event which is taking place in Galway on 12th October. There are plans to have another three similar introductory events in the Galway area over the coming months.


Category: Running News

Loughrea AC Grey Lake 10km Results

Sun, 2014-09-28 22:56

It was another successful day for the club at the Loughrea AC The Grey Lake 10km race on Sunday with 4 members taking home individual medals from the race itself, with another 13 titles heading to Athenry in the Galway 10km Championships.

Mick Rice was first home for the club & finished third overall in 36.57. Gearoid Rohan was close behind in fourth to take 1st Over 40 with a time of 37.39.

Jane Ann was first lady home & sixth overall in 37.48 whilst Sinead Foran was 1st female Over 35 in 40.34.

County Championship results attached below.

Photos located here & here.

Category: Race Result Attachments: loughrea10km_2014.pdf 14galway10kmroadracechampionship.pdf

Athenry AC F4L 5k 2014

Wed, 2014-09-24 23:20

The fifth hosting of the popular and successful Athenry Fit4Life 5km Charity Run / Walk will take place on Saturday November 08th 2014 @ 12.00pm in the town of Athenry.

Proceeds of this years event will benefit two very deserving local charities in Western Alzheimers & the Saving Grace Foundation.

This 5km Fit4Life race is open to all runners but is primarily targeted at Fit4Life members in Galway City, County & neighbouring counties. Many Fit4Life runners use this event to take part in their very first race & it often acts as a first step to some successful running careers. This is a race by Fit4Life runners for Fit4Life runners as the race is organised & run by F4L'ers.

This years event takes place on a new route in the town of Athenry (Same route as this years Athenry leg of the 5k series). Route map available here.

Registration will be held on the day from 10.00am (Registration location to be confirmed at a later date) & the entry fee is brilliantly valued at €10. We will have toilets & parking available at registration. There will be post-race refreshments available to all and prize presentation will be held at the registration hall.

There will be prizes for the first Senior Male & Female registered Fit4Life runners plus each participant will receive a commemorate medal.

Pacers will be provided at 2min intervals from 26mins to 36mins. Pacers will have Hi Vis tops indicting what time they are pacing & they will be at the start 15min before the race.

The race starts at 12pm sharp, so please arrive out to Athenry in plenty of time to register, collect your race number and find which pacer you wish to follow. The start is a 2min jog from the registration hall.

Parking will be available in local Car Parks & on street parking in Athenry (Most are free, some are Pay & Display). Marshalls will be on hand on the day to direct you to relevant Car Parks.

Category: Running News

Fields of Athenry 10k 2014 - Reduced Entry Fee!

Wed, 2014-09-24 21:33

The 13th running of the Fields of Athenry 10km will take place on St. Stephen's Day, December 26th at 11am.

Our super discounted rate of €15 ends on Monday October 20th 2014.

Over the last number of years this has 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 now traditional route, finishing under the medieval arch in Athenry.

The race has sold out for the last few years & 2013 saw a record number of finishers with 1131 crossing the line & returning champions Eilish Kelly & Mick Clohisey of Rahey Shamrocks taking top honours again. So don't miss out and sign up now.

Online entry available here.

Dedicated race website here.

What colour will this year's hat be?

Category: Running News

Galway Primary Schools cross country semi-finals @ Renmore

Tue, 2014-09-23 20:08

Well done to all the Athenry AC athletes running for various schools today - just shows how important regular training is!  Also, well done to all Athenry AC athletes who helped make these semi-finals a huge success.  Roll on the finals next Tuesday at the same time.  Some great finals are in prospect.

Results here.

Category: Athenry Club News Attachments: Semi Final results

Marconi Half Marathon Result (updated)

Mon, 2014-09-22 00:45

Full result from the Marconi Half can be found here.

Two Athenry AC finishers on what was a very windy (almost always against us too) and extremely sunny day between Roundstone and Clifden!

CRAUGHWELL MAN RETAINS TITLE AT 2014 MARCONI HALF MARATHON, CONNEMARA   Last weekend saw the 2nd very successful running of the Marconi Half Marathon in Connemara. Glorious sunshine and near-perfect conditions greeted over 300 athletes as they lined up at Gurteen Beach near Roundstone for what is turning out to be one of the marquee events on the running calendar.   The route took runners through some of the most amazing scenery in the west of Ireland, along the coast into Roundstone and then turning west across the vast wilderness of the Bog Road before arriving in Clifden to a large crowd of cheering supporters. This year again saw a good mixture of Irish participants complimented by a sizeable number of foreign entrants, giving a very cosmopolitan buzz and feel to the day.   First across the line was last years winner Ollie Mullins from Craughwell in a time of 1:21:23, but he had to work hard to retain his title as Des Tremble closely followed him home just 12 seconds later. In the women’s category, the victory went to Meredith Mahoney from Brooklyn, New York in 1:36:00.   Commenting on the success of this year’s event, race director Thomas King said, “We are delighted with the turnout and fantastic reception the race has received since its launch. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from participants, and the large numbers of people staying on for the weekend are also a great boost to the local economy”.   Full results and photos from this year’s Marconi Half Marathon can be found on and   Men                                                                            Women 1. Ollie Mullins 1:21:23                                            1. Meredith Mahoney 1:36:00 2. Des Tremble 1:21:35                                           2. Maggie Vahey        1:36:52 3. Shane Clarke 1:24:51                                           3. Michelle Waters      1:38:45   O40 Deyrick Deane   1:27:56                                  O40 Margaret Sheridan 1:47:03 O50 Paul McDonagh 1:26:40                                  O50 Wynn Burke             1:46:14 060 Nollaig McEntegart 1:28:45                             O60 Barbara Bergin        1:57:08   Thomas King.     @ the finish line in Clifden   Thomas King with Ollie Mullins   [photos courtesy of Iain Henderson] Category: Running News

Killeeneen 5KM result

Mon, 2014-09-22 00:17

See here for a full result and report from this excellent new race and concept - an evening race in late Setpember in East Galway.

Images from edenhill77 are at the usual web location here.  JO'C missed me as I started late and finished in the dark ;-).

Category: Race Result

Galway AAI 10KM Road Race Championships

Sun, 2014-09-21 23:50

The Galway AAI 10KM Road Race Championships will take place in conjunction with Loughrea AC's The Grey Lake 10K road race next Sunday, 28 September @ 2PM.

All local clubs are encouraged to ensure that they have teams of women and men competing in this county championship at a standard road distance.

The results of these championships will based on the official result produced by the organisers of the road race and it's incumbent on all athletes to be correctly registered, both club and category.

County medals will be won in the following categories:

* 1st/2nd/3rd Senior Male/Female

* First Male O40, O50, O60 and O70

* First Female O35, O45, O55

* First three teams of four Male/Female from the same club.

For details on the race itself, see here:


Category: Running News