Gold for Craughwell in County 10k Championship
The annual County Galway 10 Road Racing Championships, held in Claregalway 10k was a huge success again this year, with over 180 people taking part. Craughwell one of the best ever results in our short time as a senior running club by taking the team title.
Our first four of Martin Corcoran (3), Mark Davis (5), John Mannion (8) and Johnny Lane (10) did enough to secure the team title just ahead of a very strong Athenry team. (I am not 100% sure of the positions and will update when the results are out).
In addition to the team gold, Martin Corcoran took silver in the individual category and Mark Davis took bronze. Showing that the recent new additions to the club are helping to spur the rest of us on,
Johhny and I both got sizeable pb's on the night. Johnny is packed with talent and maintained his astonishing progress, again knocking almost a minute from his previous 10k pb.
"Supervet" Martin also won the M40 category, with John Mannion putting in one of his best runs in years to take second in the M40's.
There were some other very strong performances from the club throughout the field – James Ferry, Wally Walsh and Tony Nevin were not far behind. Diarmuid Quill bounced back from a difficult race in the streets of Galway to put in a strong time. Johhny Nevin and Henry Lupton also put in strong performances.
Overall winner of the race was the awesome Gerry Ryan, who jogged home in a bit under 32 minutes.
However the run of the night has to belong to Athenry's Ann Carter who in her debut 10k clocked an amazing 40 minutes, coming in well ahead of some very seasoned runners male and female. Most runners never get under the magical 40 barrier after years of training, and as a debut female runner it highlights the talent she must have for the sport. She is definitely a name to look out for.
P.s. Well done to Tony Fitzpatrick in Longford
Tony Fitzpatrick put in an excellent run in the Longford half marathon to SHATTER his personal best for the distance. He ran it in 1:43:36 which is great improvement from him – showing that he is in good shape for a strong performance in the Dublin marathon later this year.