John Greaney of Galway City Harriers was forced into third place in the second of the six-race County Galway 5km series race held in Loughrea.
Greaney, winner of last weekend's opener, followed winner Peter O'Sullivan of host club Loughrea and a fast-finishing Conor Dolan, also of GCH, across the finish line.
Regina Casey of GCH made it two from two in the ladies' event - winning in a faster time than the previous week. Caroline Whiriskey, on home turf, running for Loughrea AC, took second place after a great battle with Jane Ann Meehan of Athenry.
The third race in the series takes place on a new course in Maree, near Oranmore this week.
Track and field news
The first event of the outdoor track season took place in Greystones with Galway City Harriers to the fore. Sprinter Laura Ann Costello ran 13.02, and 25.79 in a 100/200m double, Alanna Lally ran 2.09 in the 800m, and Maebh Brannigan ran a PB of 2.11, also in the 800m.
Craughwell athletes also competed in a number of events, with Sinead Treacy doubling up in the sprints with 13.05 and 25.64 in the 100 and 200m respectively. Jamie Fallon ran 4.03 in the 1500m, with clubmate Damien O’Boyle just behind in 4.04.
In London GCH's Gary Thornton ran in the UK championships 10,000m race and came away with a season’s best of 30.02.
Galway teams will once again participate in the AAI National League event, the major competition for track and field teams in the country. Galway City Harriers men’s squad will compete in the premier division, with a team featuring national champions Keith Fallon (800/1500m ), and Sean Breathnach in the shot and discus.
The Galway County field a strong women’s squad in the premier division, with Irish international Alanna Lally, GCH stars Maebh Brannigan and Alvy Carragher in the middle distances, and Caithriona Farrell in the high jump. Both Galway teams will compete at the Sligo IT complex next Sunday in the opening round of the league.