Calling all road runners to Athenry on April 20th!

Calling all road runners to Athenry on April 20th!

Athenry is the place to be on Sunday 20th April if you enjoy road running or jogging … when Athenry AC hosts the National 10k Championships of Ireland.

The event is targetted at all levels … from elite runners to joggers. So no matter what your ability, have a think about taking part. The entry form is online at

Read on for official press release from Athenry AC on it. The race is particularly targetted at fit4life groups so get your entry in quickly. Entries will be accepted on the morning of the race but it is advisable to enter in advance. If entering on the morning of the race, get down there early to avoid large queues.


******** Athenry AC Press Release ********

For the first time in fifty years the historic Galway town of Athenry will host a National Athletics Championship race when the AAI 10k Senior event is held there on the 20th April next at 02:00pm.

In 1958 Willie Morris of Derrydonnell AC crossed the line first at the NACA Cross Country Championships in the grounds of Mellowes College to capture his third All Ireland senior title. Half a century later the National 10k Road Race Championships will be hosted by the local club Athenry AC.

The town’s fine athletic tradition has been maintained in recent years by local men Paul Hession and Paul McNamara and indeed Paul McNamara won this title in Limerick in 2005 and again in Carlow in 2006.

Local clubman James Lundon said, “We’re absolutely delighted to be hosting such a prestigious race in the town and are determined to provide the stage for a safe, successful and well organised event for the athletes that will travel from all over the Country to Athenry for the event. We’re sure the whole town will benefit from hosting the race and that we’ll have a large number of spectators following the action”.

The local club have gathered quite a bit of experience in organising such events over recent years and their Annual St.Stephen’s Day promotion has grown into one of the best road races in the West. On St.Stephen’s Day last Galway City Harrier Gary Thornton led almost 700 runners around the picturesque route in a super-fast 30:02. With a course that’s obviously conducive to fast times the race looks sure to be one of the most competitive in recent years. As Athenry is on a direct rail line to Dublin many athletes are expected to travel from the capital for the race.

James Lundon said, “We’re really hopeful for a big turnout on the day. The number of people taking part in running events in the County has grown steadily in recent years and we’re sure a lot of those people are going to want to take part in this great race. There’ll be a Fun Run element on the day so that absolutely anyone can take part.”

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