The Connemara Marathon series of races took place for the 12th year on Sunday 7th April. Conditions were cold and windy and yet a field of almost 2800 competitors across all races took part. There were three races on the day, a Half marathon, Full marathon, and Ultra-marathon (39.3 miles)
The Half Marathon was won by Matt Bidwell (Galway City Harriers) for the second year in a row in a time of 1:19:29. He was followed by Phil Kilgannon (Sportsworld) in 1:21:18 and in 3rd place was Clive Brown in 1:22:29.
[acidfree:9239 align=right]Jerome Debise reports on his particpiation on the 2013 Rome Marathon last month
Galway City Partnership host their 2nd Annual 10k run/walk/jog event in Labane, Ardrahan on April 20th at 11am.
Entry Fee: €15 online entry or €20 register on the day
Category prizes include: Senior Men/Women 1st / 2nd /3rd 1st, Over 40/50/60 Men & Women, 1st Local Man & Woman, 1st Junior U-19 and spot prizes for Fit4life participants.
Approved by AAI.
Attached is the map of the course The is route map is http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/69429872
The Galway City Harriers came home from this year’s Colemanstown 10k with an abundance of honorable prizes.
In the mens category it was a clean sweep for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place, with GCH claiming all 3 top places. Last year’s winner Matt Bidwell held his 1st place title in a time of 33:39. Owen Byrne also held his 2nd place title in 34:39 and Gearoid Hynes completed the trio of prizes in 3rd place coming home in 36:11.
There is a 10K run in Colemanstown this Saturday, 30th March at 12pm. AAI permitted and official measured course.
Colemanstown is situated off the main Monivea to Menlough Road (R339) by turning off the main road at Garbally Castle. It is easily accessible from the M6 taking the exit for Athenry.
Online registration is available through http://www.runireland.com/ until Thursday, 28th March. The cost of registration is €20. Registration will also be accepted on the morning of the run between 10.00am and 11.30am at the Colemanstown Utd Clubhouse.
The Woodie’s DIY AAI Road Relay Championships will now take place on Sunday 7th April in Raheny, Dublin at 2pm.
Entry Fee: €25.00 per team (Senior Women, Master Women and Master Men)
Entry Fee: €35.00 per Senior Men’s team
Rules and Info
* Athletes must be registered with AAI for the 2013 season.
* All competitors must wear club colours.
* Championships medals will only be awarded to registered athletes.
* A male athlete becomes a master on his 35th Birthday.
* A female athlete becomes a master on her 35th Birthday.
Entry to the series is now closed
For those registered, all details can be found at www.5km.ie
Where and When:
Athenry - Tuesday 30th April, 7:45pm
Venue: Athenry Boys School Note - NEW venue
Claregalway - Tuesday 7th May, 8:00pm
Venue: Claregalway Corporate Park, Oranmore Rd.
Loughrea - Tuesday 14th May, 8:00pm
Venue: Gaelscoil Riabhach off the Gort Road.
Craughwell - Tuesday 21st May, 8:00pm
Venue: Community Hall.
Galway City - Tuesday 28th May, 8:00pm
Venue: To be finalised.
Tuam - Tuesday 4th June, 8:00pm
Venue: Ard Rí House Hotel, Milltown Road
Congratulations to both the GCH Ladies and Mens teams who won Gold in this years County Championship AAI Team event.
Results are as follows
1. GCH 3:52:16
2. Craughwell 3:54:09
3. Athenry A 4:17:06
1. GCH 4:46:38
2. Athenry 4:50:32
3. Craughwell 4:59:37
Over 600 athletes braced the bitterly cold and windy conditions to take part in this year’s Craughwell AC 10 mile Road Race on Sunday 24th March.
First in the men’s category Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock AC) completing the course of 51:16 followed by Michael Shannon in 2nd place in a time of 52:19 and Gerry Ryan (Craughwell AC) took 3rd place in a time of 52:38