Bohan takes gold as athletic action returns to Galway

The start of the 5k at Castlegar last Friday.  Photo: Shane Tigue.

The start of the 5k at Castlegar last Friday. Photo: Shane Tigue.

Athletics returned to competitive action last weekend with two events on the calendar featuring Galway athletes.

Castlegar Athletics Club held its third evening of athletics at Merlin Woods city park on Friday evening, while several track runners competed in the Leevale AC track events at CIT in Cork.

In Galway, the Merlin Woods meet attracted a full house across the varied programme - the highlight of which was the senior men’s 5000m race won by GCH athlete David Bohan in 16.50. Abas Edris Adam of Castlegar AC came in second in 17.14, while Ger Cuddy of GCH was third in 17.41.

Adam went on to win the 400m with a blistering finish, while in the women's 400m, first home was Annette Quaid of Leevale AC.

Gavin Cooney of Craughwell AC impressed with a strong front running display as he took the honours in the men’s 1500m, while Caoimhe Kelleher was the first woman home for South Galway.

Tomorrow (Friday ) the third event of this four-event series takes place from 6pm, with registrations available online only on

Leevale /Carlow Track events

Robert Meagher of GCH impressed on the first day at the Leevale AC track competition, clocking 49.7 over 400m, while Day two was held Thursday night last at C.I.T. in Cork. Rob McDonnell of GCH posted 10.93 in the 100m to win his heat, his second time under 11 seconds this season.

Andrew Egan, also GCH, finished third in the same heat, clocking an impressive 11.38 seconds, his first race at senior level. GCH juvenile ranks Nicole Quirke dipped under 13 seconds for the first time clocking 12.97 in the senior women's 100m.

Rob McDonnell later went on to finish second in the 200m in 21.9 seconds, and Rob Meagher also GCH clocked 22.67 in his heat.

On Sunday last in Carlow over 100m, Sarah Quinn (NUI Galway ) ran a personal best over 100m with 11.63, while Laura Ann Costello (GCH ) also competed and showed she has returned to good form with a season's best of 12.46.

Road Racing season begins

David Carter of GCH won the Ennis 10k on Friday in a fast time of 33.50, and the next event will be hosted by East Galway AC with a 5k on August 29 in Skehana.

Streets of Galway 8k

This weekend would traditionally be the weekend of the Streets of Galway 8km, but given the restricted numbers allowed in events, the race will not take place this weekend.

However, host club Galway City Harriers, is seeking to host a race in the city this year, and is in talks with the relevant bodies - an update to be issued in due course.


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