Galway Athletics Report

Mens Senior Winner Damien Landers crossing the finish line at the 2019 Galway Clinic Streets Of Galway. Pic Marcus Wouter

Galway Clinic Streets of Galway 8k

The top three men from the Streets Of Galway 8K with race director Brian Bruton of GCH. (left to right) Sean Hehir second, winner Damien Landers and third place Kenny Rodgers. Pic John O’Connor.

The 34th edition of the famous Streets of Galway 8k race was held through Galway City last Saturday night. The race attracted a huge crowd of top Irish athletes, club runners, as well as thousands of new and regular local and visiting runners, despite the inclement weather

At the front of proceedings one of the most exciting races in years developed from early on with a lead group of four athletes breaking away – Damien Lenders of Ennis Track, Alan O’Shea of Bantry, Sean Hehir of Rathfarnham and Kenny Rodgers of St John’s in Clare.

The quartet set a hot pace, crossing halfway in 12 minutes flat, and remained together until just after, with O’Shea dropping back at Devon Park. International marathon runner Hehir then took over the lead through Salthill and tried hard to drop the other two with Rodgers falling off the pace at 6k, leaving just Hehir and Landers to battle it out. The last kilometre saw a great duel between the two Irish internationals, with Landers eventually getting a few yards lead on his rival to take an epic victory in a time of 24.07, after one of the most competitive races in years. Hehir was five seconds back in second, with Rodgers making a Clare clean sweep in coming home third.

Top three ladies in the Streets of Galway 8K. Siobhan O’Doherty, second, Ann Marie McGlynn, winner and Regina Casey, third. Pic John O’Connor.

The ladies section saw a superb display of front running from Irish cross country international Ann Marie McGlynn of Letterkenny AC who led from the gun to take the honours in 26.41.

McGlynn dethroned the reigning champion Siobhan O’Doherty of Borrisokane AC who nonetheless ran a strong race to place second in 28.11 with Regina Casey of local club GCH finishing up in a great third place.

Almost 2,600 finished the race despite some heavy rain, and credit is due to organisers Galway City Harriers, Galway Clinic and the local authorities for putting on a great event in the city at the height of the busy Galway season

European Team Championships

Nicole Walsh of GCH, Part of the Irish team who raced at The European Team championship in Norway

Nicole Walsh of Galway City Harriers competed for Ireland at the European Team Track and Field Championships held in Norway last weekend. Talented sprinter Walsh ran on the Irish 4x400m relay squad and helped them to fourth place overall in the race on her senior debut for her country.

National Masters track and field

This weekend sees the finals of the National Masters Track and field championships taking place in Tullamore stadium, on Sunday next from 11am. Many of Galway’s top masters athletes will compete including Ian Egan and  Sean McDermott of Castlegar, Mary Barrett of Loughrea, and Sinead Foran and Niamh Hennelly of GCH .