Athenry AC hosts evening with Irish athletic legends

Frank Grealy, Ireland athletic legend, will be a guest of Athenrey AC.

Frank Grealy, Ireland athletic legend, will be a guest of Athenrey AC.

With the Olympics Games in Rio only months away, Galway sports fans will have the chance to spend an entertaining evening in the company of two of the legendary figures of Irish athletics.

Frank Greally and Jerry Kiernan will visit Athenry for the event in the Raheen Woods Hotel on April 20 (8pm ).

This free event is hosted by Athenry AC to mark the occasion of the launch of the Athenry AC Half Marathon which takes place on the June 25 in Monivea.

Editor of Irish Runner magazine since 1981, Frank Greally is a familiar figure to runners all over the country. A Mayo man by birth, he broke the Irish junior 10,000m record in August 1970 in a time of 30:17, a record that stands to this day. He translated his talent for athletics into a scholarship at East Tennessee State University where he ran with ‘The Irish Brigade’ which included Olympians Neil Cusack, Ray McBride, Kevin Breen and the Leddy brothers, PJ and Eddie.

Frank will be signing copies of his new book Running Full Circle on the night.

Jerry Kiernan will also be a familiar figure to sports fans all over the country through his running, coaching and media work. Among his many achievements, he can count Irish records over both 3,000m and two-miles, and a ninth place finish in the Olympic marathon in Los Angeles in 1984. He currently coaches a number of the best distance runners in the country.

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