The 5k season ends with a bang

The 5k season ends with a bang

It seems that May and June are the months where for some reason everyone west of the Shannon is trying to cover 3.1 miles as quickly as possible and this certainly was a jam-packed month.

Harvey blasts 5k Series finishes in Tuam
On Tuesday last the 5k series closed with a bang with what has to be the best ever leg of the Galway 5k series in terms of quality and quantity.  A rough day weather-wise brightened into a perfect evening for running on the fast Tuam course.  Peter O'Sullivan, fresh back from his holidays led the field out at a pace that he could rightly have expected to burn them off.   On any other evening it might, but Conor Dolan, Fintan Hyland and Craughwell AC's Peadar Harvey were in scintillating form, each putting in massive 30-second pbs to overhaul Peter when his wheels unfortunately came off near the end of the race.  Hugely talented Peadar finished in a brilliant pb of 15:42 and looked comfortable at the finish.  Conor Dolan continued his remarkable progress to finish just a second behind Peadar.  Fintan Hyland of GCH and Peter finished just behind in 15:51 and 15:52 respectively.  Fifteen is the new Sixteen, and it's brilliant to see after to be honest a pretty poor few years in terms of quality at regular local road races (Matt Bidwell and Gerry aside).  Hopefully the form of these lads will spur the rest of us on to a new level and give the elites something to worry about.   

Not far behind the leaders, Matthew Moran ran an excellent race to finish in a 17:48 time and a 13th place finish out of the 500 competitors. 

Of course the thing that makes it special is that 5k series isn't about who crosses the line first – there were pbs set throughout the field.

Well done to all at host club Tuam AC who put on a superb spread afterwards too.  Full results are on

Monivea  a huge success
I missed this one because I was at the national league in Athlone but reports from Monivea were of an excellently organized and hugely enjoyable event.  Over 230 athletes contested the course, which though beautiful, must have been tough based on the times that came back from it.  Craughwell AC's  Mary Kealy ran an excellent 21:34 to take the 1st W40 prize.

Ryan returns in National League
The full results aren't published yet, but Craughwell fielded a team in the National track and Field league which took place in Athlone in baking sunshine.  We got a total of 36 points with both Gerry and Christopher O'Connor taking a maximum 9 points.  In the 5000m Gerry Ryan made yet another comeback to run a superb race and finish first in the first division and second overall in a fine time of 15:02.   15:02 is as fast as 2011 Streets of Galway champ Gerry has run for a few years now so a superb result for him after a really bad run of injuries.  The overall race was won comfortably by GCH's Gary Thornton, making a welcome return to the track about 10 seconds ahead of Gerry at the finish.

There were plenty of other great results that Mike will fill you in on when they are published – some to mention are Maria McNamara's fine win in the premier division pole vault with a big pb, and another superb PB for Neil Greaney  in the 1500m of 4:20.  Neil has now knocked 7 seconds off his pb the last 4 times he has run this event. Given the level of training he has been doing, that time shows huge potential in the sport – definitely a name for the future.  These were just a couple I noticed – There were many more great performances and pbs –  keep tuned to Athletics Ireland for the full results.

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