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So you want to run 5k?

If this is the year you decide to get fit and feel the wonder of fresh air in your lungs through running, then you should take advantage of Clare River Harriers’ plan to get you 5k-ready.

The Claregalway Couch-to-5K starts on Wednesday next January 10 at 7pm. The expewrienced club will be starting weekly Couch-to-5k sessions, meeting outside the Claregalway Community Centre at 7pm.

The sessions will be for people with all levels of fitness with a target of taking part in the Claregalway 5K on April 10. The first few sessions will be will be used to evaluate the fitness level of participants and to group participants with others of similar fitness levels.

All runners will be guided and trained by experienced club members who will ensure you enjoy the joy of running at your own pace.

Alcoholics Anonymous open public meeting

Alcoholics Anonymous will hold an open public meeting in the Galway Bay Hotel tomorrow Friday January 5 at 8.00pm. As the term suggests, this meeting is open to alcoholics, their families, and to anyone interested in solving a personal drinking problem or helping someone else to solve such a problem.

AA is a worldwide fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other in a bid to solve their common problem and help others recover from alcoholism.

The fellowship does not affiliate with any other organisation, according to a local spokesperson.

“It has no opinions on outside issues, neither does it endorse or oppose causes; its primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety. Alcoholics Anonymous is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual alcoholics who turn to the fellowship for help.

“It does not engage in the field of alcoholism research, medical or psychiatric treatment and does not endorse any causes,” he said.

AA membership is open to anyone who has a “desire to stop drinking”. It is up to individuals to decide when they have had enough.

Alcoholics Anonymous in Galway can be contacted by telephoning (085 ) 7537 100 from 12 noon to 10pm seven days a week. The telephones are manned by volunteers. You can also visit the Galway AA website at www.galwayaa.com which contains more information on AA fellowship and contact details in Galway.

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