Thornton just shy of Olympic time

Gary Thornton of Galway City Harriers ran a superb personal best time of two hours 17 minutes 19 seconds in the  Berlin Marathon on Sunday.

However this tremendous effort in his attempt to make the Olympic Games marathon standard came up just short.

On pace the whole way until the last four miles, it was an agonising for him to ultimately miss the time needed by just 19 seconds.

Thornton, however, still has time to make the qualification for next summer's Oympic Games in Rio, with the window open until next May.

Galway Bay road races 

One of the biggest road race days on the calendar takes place on Saturday in Salthill.

Organised under the Galway Bay banner, there is a 10k, half marathon and marathon on the programme.

Events kicking off at 9am with the  marathon, followed by the 10k at 9.30am, and the half at 11.15am.

Local clubs are expected to dominate the team events, with a number of high-profile athletes booked expected to take individual honours, including Nicola Duncan of GCH.

Loughrea 8k 

Stuart Moloney of Mooreabbey Milers took the honours in the 2015 Loughrea AC Grey Lake 8K Road Race held on Sunday around the west Galway town.  Local man Moloney clocked 25.23 to win and finished 14 seconds clear of Jason Broderick of Craughwell AC. Third home was Michael Carmody of Limerick. The first woman home was Athenry’s Mary Kealy, closely followed by Miriam Wall. 

Craughwell AC World Record attempt

Craughwell AC hosted a Guinness World Record 12-hour relay attempt on Saturday in Dangan at the RSC track.  

Some 2,000 runners and sportspeople from all codes took part on what was a great day for the club.  Unfortunately the record attempt fell  short of what was needed, but nevertheless the attempt raised  proceeds  towards the club's major new facility development fund for its grounds in Craughwell near the National School.

Galway Cross Country Championships 

Day One of the 2015 Galway Cross Country Championships take place on Sunday at the Palace Grounds in Tuam. There will be juvenile events at u-10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 age groups, and adults events at 4km for women and 8k for men. Events start at 1pm.

The senior events will see athletes such as Jason Broderick, Keith Fallon and Peadar Harvey battle it out for county gold, while top masters such as Brian O Connor and Gerry Carty will be in the hunt for veteran wins. In the ladies  the race for the title is more open, with Jane Ann Meehan, Maebh Brannigan and Kathryn Casserly all looking to have a good season opener in the event.

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