Record field of runners will take to the streets of Galway

The highlight of the Galway road running calendar takes place on Saturday with the 34th edition of the Streets of Galway 8k Road Race.

Starting at 7pm, the Streets is one of the most high profile events on the Irish running calendar, and this year a record field of 3,400 will race the event. In addition to some of Ireland’s top athletes, club runners, visitors, and thousands of locals will take on the 8km challenge.

Many well known figures from all walks of life in the city and beyond, will line up at the starting line, including three athletes who have run all 34 events, Ger Meehan from Dooneen, Patrick Larkin from Moycullen, and Gerard Murphy from Claregalway.

The race, backed this year by Galway Clinic, starts at GTI at Fr Griffin Road, and routes through the main landmarks of the city, on to Salthill and the Claddagh into the finish at South Park.

The men’s race this year will feature several of Ireland's top distance runners, such as Damien Landers of Ennis Track, Kenny Rodgers of St Johns AC, Lindsay Gordon and Paddy Hamilton of North Belfast AC, and top local runners such as Jamie Fallon of Craughwell AC and Jack Maher of GCH - all of whom will challenge for honours in the elite men’s section.

The elite women's section is equally of high calibre and will see Siobhan O'Doherty returning to Galway, and she will be challenged by Ann Marie McGlynn of Letterkenny, Teresa Doherty of Finn Valley, and local athletes Regina Casey and Jane Ann Meehan of GCH.

Youth Nations Cup

This year's Youth Nations Cup was held in Santry, Dublin, where the best of Irish athletes competed against the England team.

The event was especially successful for Eimear Rowe, Seren O'Toole, and Robert McDonnell - the three GCH athletes who competed for Ireland and claimed four medals over their respective events.

Robert McDonnell was part of the winning Irish 4x400m relay team that edged past their English counterparts in a quick 3:21.73 for gold. He also ran the 400m where he recorded 49.14 seconds for a fine bronze.

Seren O'Toole was well clear in second spot over 400m hurdles in 64.73 to earn silver, while Eimear Rowe ensured all three brought medals back to Galway, playing her part in the Ireland 4x400m team that finished third in a superb 3:55.51.

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