City is set for Galway Bay Half Marathon/10K

On your marks: Cllr Michael Crowe warms up for the Galway City Bay Half marathon which takes place on Saturday in aid of Cancer Care West watched by Ciarán Hayes, director of services, Galway City Council and race director, Ray O'Connor.  Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

On your marks: Cllr Michael Crowe warms up for the Galway City Bay Half marathon which takes place on Saturday in aid of Cancer Care West watched by Ciarán Hayes, director of services, Galway City Council and race director, Ray O'Connor. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

More than 2,000 athletes, almost half of whom are from outside Galway, will take part in the Galway Bay Half Marathon/10K this Saturday.

The event will involve a number of road closures so that the half-marathon can take place. Fianna Fáil councillor Michael J Crowe, chair of the council’s Traffic & Infrastructure committee has said that all the necessary measures are in place for this.

“It is important road closures occur as this ensures the maximum amount of participation,” he said. “I have worked closely with Ray O’Connor, the race director, and the officials in City Hall to ensure the race will go to plan and that the general public will have the least amount of disruption possible.”

Cllr Crowe said the organisers have to be complemented for a “top class job” in relation to the traffic management plan and for leaving “no stone unturned in ensuring all relevant information is out in the public domain”.

The race is also one of the biggest annual fundraisers for Cancer Care West and since its inception has raised close to €2 million for the charity.

Cllr Crowe also noted how there were more entrants to the race than the event could actually accommodate this year.

“I am going to look at this next year and work with the organisers to see if it is possible to increase numbers,” he said. “I am certain with enough time and planning this can be done.”

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