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.
The Maree 8K race took place last Sunday with over 500 people taking part in a festival of road running that included a very enjoyable kids fun run, the main event 8K race and another race for teenagers and locals. It was a great day out and Tuam AC had a strong team in attendance including Tommy Joe Whyte who won his category once again. All of the Monaghans were in good form especially Diarmuid who ran a stormer of a race and set another PB as did his father Jarlath and they were joined by Stephen Brady who is in great form and Pat Flaherty who ran very well and finished like a train on the uphill finish. Elaine Fleming was the only Tuam AC lady in Maree and she ran a cracking race and has a great year ahead of her in 2013.
Everybody loves a good comeback story in sport and they don’t come much better than Tom Connelly’s return to action at the Maree 8k Road Race on Sunday. Tom has had more than his fair share of injuries and training setbacks down the years and we were delighted to hear that he was back in training as he is a great asset for the club and a true gentleman. He ran a very impressive 32.30 on Sunday and the few people who were ahead of him will be nervously looking over their shoulders for the rest of the season as he is sure to improve. Tommy Joe Whyte also had another fine run to finish in 15th place overall in exactly 30 mins and with both of these men in such good form and a number of other Tuam AC athletes flying at the moment it is going to be very hard to be in a scoring position at any of the races that have team prizes. Long may it last.