Running like the wind in Oughterard

 Naoise O Gibne of GCH, winner of the Corrib AC 8km, receives first prize from John O'Sullivan of the Galway Wind Park.              Photo: John O’Connor

Naoise O Gibne of GCH, winner of the Corrib AC 8km, receives first prize from John O'Sullivan of the Galway Wind Park. Photo: John O’Connor

Galway City Harriers Naoise O Gibne and Niamh Hennell took the honours in the annual Run like the Wind 4k races on Saturday.

O Gibne posted a fast 14.18 on the hilly course at the Galway Wind Park, Oughterard, with clubmate Brian O'Connor second in 14.58. Colm Conway of Conamara AC was third.

The first woman home was the talented Niamh Hennelly, who is gearing up for cross country season. She crossed the tape in in 16.18, with Eilis Ni Dhuill, also of GCH, not far behind in second.

Aodhan O Ceallaigh took an impressive victory in the testing 8k, winning in 30.22, with Donal Kelly second home in 30.52 and Frank King of Castlegar third. The first woman home was Geraldine Hynes of local club Corrib AC.

World Masters Outdoors

Ian Egan and Sean McDermott of Castlegar AC claimed historic silver team medals in the World Masters cross country event at O40 level at the outdoor championships in Malaga, Spain. Running in blistering heat in Torremolinos, the Galway duo combined with Rathfarnham athlete Ronan Kearns to take second spot behind a very strong Spanish team. Egan placed 31st in the 10k individually and also goes in the half marathon, while McDermott will also run the 1500m later this week.

Tommy Farragher of Corofin placed a strong sixth in the hammer throw at O65 level, while Justin Lane of Tuam was 12th at O45 level in his long jump section, and will also compete in high jump, pole vault and weight throw.

Coaching Workshops

Athletics Ireland regional development officer Paul Byrne hosts a series of workshops at NUIG athletics track, Dangan, Co Galway, over the next three Thursdays - September 13, 20 and 27 from 6pm to 8pm each day

The aim of the workshops is to upskill developmental coaches in a range of different events and to promote a multi event approach to their athletes in clubs and schools, The workshops are delivered over the course of three consecutive weeks with two different events covered on each evening. Each event will be designated one hour.

The workshops will cover the basics of each of the following event groups; sprints, hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot, javelin.

Contact [email protected] for any further questions.

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