The race season is in full swing now, and hot on the heels of The Streets of Galway, are two more local road races.
The Club Vitae 5K Coast Road Run in conjunction with Maree Athletics Club takes place Wednesday 21st August (7.30pm). It’s an AAI measured course, chip timed and with free t-shirts for the first 100 entries. All proceeds are going to Western Alzheimers.
There are category prizes for the first 3 males and first 3 females, and for the first over 40s male and first over 40s female.
You can register now in Amphibian King in Oranmore, (the application form is available on their Facebook page) and online at Run Ireland. Entry is €15.
The next big race is the Claregalway 10K on Sat 24th August and this year it is going back to a fast flat single loop course and promises to be a great event.
Race pack pick-up and Late Entries (taken up to 5.30pm) at the Community Centre, Claregalway, Co. Galway. The race will start at 6.00 p.m. sharp, outside Claregalway National School, and finish outside the Claregalway Community Centre.
There are prizes for the first 5 individual men, first 5 individual ladies, first 2 men over 40, 50, 60 and first 2 ladies over 40, 50, 60. There is also the Brendan Gavin memorial trophy for the first team of 4.
The Entry Fee is €20 (€5 from each entry goes to Galway Hospice), and there is a T-shirt for every entry. You can enter online now on Run Ireland.
Tuam AC sent a team to Claregalway on Sunday to take part in a very worthwhile charity fundraising 5km race. Kathryn Casserly a well known runner from Castlegar and many times National champion is traveling to Africa soon and the race was in aid of the project. The Tuam team did particularly well with Tommy Joe Whyte finishing in 3rd place in 18:32. He was followed by Brendan Monaghan in 20:08 and a brilliant comeback run by Pat Flaherty in resulted in a time of 24:34.
The team also had the added bonus of running against a certain star of the future as 9 year old Shauna Bocquet from Ardrahan competed in her first ever road race as a wheelchair participant. Shauna finished in 28:09 and has a great future ahead of her and was an inspiration to all on Sunday.
There are a number of races taking place locally in the coming weeks including a 5K race in Claregalway on Sun 16th Sept @1.30pm which is being
organised by the many times All Ireland champion Kathryn Casserly. All of the proceeds of the race are going to Self Help Africa. Entries will be taken on the day for only €15 at Claregalway Community Centre.
The action moved to Claregalway last Saturday evening for the Clare River Harriers 10K race which also incorporates the 10K County Championships. They always put on a great race in Claregalway and this year was no exception. Tuam AC did particularly well as Tommy Joe Whyte was a category prize winner and Andrea Ridge was crowned Galway County Champion 2012 in the ladies category, this is her second victory in recent weeks as she also won her category in a recent race in Lagos, Portugal and we are all delighted for Andrea.
We hope to see all available members in Claregalway next Saturday at 6pm for another fantastic race hosted by Clare River Harriers. The race is also the Galway County 10K Road Race Championships. Online entry is strongly recommended and some late entries will be available on race day.