Fields of Athenry 10km
There was some super racing at the Fields of Athenry 10k race held in Athenry on St Stephen’s Day as the event continued its successful run, with a record number of finishers of close on 1,300 participants on the day.
The race upfront was one of the highest quality and featured a great battle between two top Irish athletes, with Hugh Armstrong of Ballina AC just getting the better of reigning champion Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock AC after a close race all the way. Armstrong crossed the line for victory in a superb time of 29.32 to Clohisey’s 29.36, and both ran faster than the existing course record. Third home was international triathlete Con Doherty of Westport in 30.47.
The ladies’ race saw a clear winner in Olympian Breege Connolly, of City of Derry AC, who clocked a fast 34.41 time for victory, setting a new course record. Second and third home were two Sligo AC athletes; Aoife Kilgallon who ran 36.24, and Eavan McLoughlin who clocked 37.41.
The charity fundraising Goal Mile was held in three venues across Galway on Christmas morning; Dangan Running Track, NUI Galway Campus, Merlin Woods, City Park, Doughiska, and in Spiddal, with huge turnouts and substantial funds raised for the Goal charity.
Resolution Run - New Year’s Day 2020
The first race of the New Year, the Resolution Run 5km road race takes place at 11am sharp on New Year’s Day in Galway city. Race entry is available on https://www.njuko.net/resolution-run and race headquarters is at the Claddagh Hall on South Park.
The race routes from the Claddagh over Wolfe Tone Bridge, up to Eyre Square South, and returns via the Docks, out as far as Grattan Road junction, and loops back to a finish in Nimmo’s Pier.
Corrib AC races
Corrib Athletics club hosts its annual Run like the Wind 4k and 8k races on January 4. This will be the third edition of the event which is based in the exhilarating Galway Wind Park.
The Galway Indoor Track and Field Championships for 2020 take place on Saturday January 11 and Sunday 12 in Athlone IT Arena. Day one sees the younger age groups from U9 to U12 compete with day two featuring U13s to U19s and the adult events.
Entry is now available via club secretaries. Athletes must be registered for the 2020 season to be eligible.