Streets of Galway
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So said a curious byelaw of Galway Corporation in 1518, when they ordered that none of the town's inhabitants should admit any McWilliams, O'Flahertys, Kellys, Burkes or their like into their houses. The West Gate of the town apparently had the inscription "From the ferocious O'Flaherties Good Lord deliver us."
Well, times have changed, and on August 8th 2009, Galway City Harriers are hoping that plenty of ferocious natives are part of the action around the Streets of Galway. Strutting and Swaggereing are optional!
The 2008 FUTURE Streets of Galway 8K road-race took place on Saturday evening last beginning at Southpark in the Claddagh, following the traditional route through the city-centre and out through Salthill, before finishing in a closed loop adjacent to the start-line. This was the 23rd running of this hugely popular road-race which continues to be a focal point on the Irish road-racing calendar for elite competitors and recreational runners alike.
The team competition results are as follows:
1. Sportworld - 58, 128, 174 = 360
2. Athenry AC - 74, 136, 245 = 455
3. Ennis Track - 125, 217, 219 = 561
4. GCH - 69, 221, 306 = 596
5. Mayo AC - 171, 321, 488 = 980
6. Sligo AC - 183, 317, 674 = 1174
7. Tuam AC - 428, 925, 522 = 1875
8. Mullingar Harriers - 195, 345, 1519 = 2059
9. Limerick AC - 489, 1068, 1071 = 2628
1. Raheny Shamrocks - 2, 4, 6, 12 = 24
2. Ennis Track - 17, 21, 34, 38 = 110
3. Athenry AC - 23, 24, 25, 47 = 119
4. Mayo AC - 13, 36, 46, 126 = 221
5. GCH - 14, 15, 97, 100 = 223
Race results for last night's race are enclosed. A PDF of the results is available below if you want to print this out.
Race report and category winner details to follow.
Pos No Name Category PlaceCat Club ChipTime Finish
1 2210 Josphat Boit SM 1 Clonliffe Harriers 23:35 23:35
2 2134 Vinny Mulvey SM 2 Raheny Shamrock AC 23:51 23:51
3 638 Christopher Erichsen SM 3 24:36 24:36
4 2218 Cillian O'Leary SM 4 Raheny Shamrock AC 24:45 24:45
5 2011 Jason Fahy SM 5 Olympic Harriers 24:51 24:51
6 2217 David Rooney JM 1 Raheny Shamrock AC 25:07 25:07
The Streets of Galway is over for another year. Congratulations to Josphat Boit, Clonliffe Harriers, who won the men's event and Rosemary Ryan, Bilboa AC, winning the women's even for a fourth time.
We're delighted to have hosted again a race that so many people enjoy and thank us for. Certainly a big attraction of the race is the warm, welcoming atmosphere created by our participants.
With the event behind us and only some final work on results and administration to sort out it's a good time to acknowledge the efforts of so many.
The fast and flat course provides a great opportunity to get a personal best at the 8K distance in the Streets of Galway. You'll have to be very fast though to beat the current race records:
- Women's Record: Rosemary Ryan Bilboa AC (2001) - 26:01
- Men's Record: Séamus Power Kilmurray-Ibrickane AC (1998) and Josphat Boit Clonliffe Harriers AC (2009) - 22:49
Past winners since the race began in 1986 are as follows:
Women's Race Winners
The Streets of Galway prize fund has been further increased to a total in excess of €5,000. Prizes are as follows:
Winner and Course Record
€500 is guaranteed to the winner of both the men's and the women's race. Furthermore a bonus of €500 is available in each race for a new course record.
Women's prize list
Vet. Women O/35
Vet. Women O/40
We are pleased to be able to issue the final results for the 2007 FUTURE Streets of Galway 8k road race. The first 100 finishers can be viewed on this page and the complete list is available in the attached PDF file.
1 0:23:59 RYAN, Gerry Galway City Harriers AC Senior Men
2 0:24:07 MAHER, Brian Kilkenny City Harriers Senior Men
3 0:24:14 THORNTON, Gary Galway City Harriers AC Senior Men
4 0:24:25 YEATES, Richie Raheny Shamrocks Senior Men
5 0:24:41 TUREA, Sergiu Clonliffe Harriers AC Senior Men
6 0:24:51 O'CONNOR, Michael Galway City Harriers AC Senior Men
The 2007 FUTURE Streets of Galway 8k Road Race took place on Saturday evening last from Southpark in the Claddagh. This was the 22nd running of the race which is now one of the most popular road races in the country, ranking alongside such events as the Ballycotton 10 and the Adidas Irish Runner Race Series in the Phoenix Park. This year, the organisers Galway City Harriers had received over 2000 entries before the closing date. After heavy rain all day, the skies cleared just ten minutes before the off, to a collective sigh of relief from the participants and organisers alike.