Saturday, March 30, 2013

Good Friday Grange 5K Race

There was a good turn out of members at the Good Friday 5k road race in Grange. The event, in its third year, was held as a fundraiser for Cardiac Services at Sligo Regional Hospital.

It attracted a field of over 120 runners who braved the cold, icy conditions. Many of the runners used the race as a 'warm up' for the Carney 10k on Easter Monday. It was good to see Ultan McNasser back competing once again, securing second place in a time of 17.32. He was followed in third by Eamon Dunbar in 18.09 Eamon was also first veteran.

The race was won by Niall Hoey of North Sligo AC in 17.23. Rory Connor was second veteran home in 19.11. There were also some good performances from Sligo AC's younger members. Noel Burke was first junior home in 21 minutes and third placed junior was Keenan Deering in a new pb of 21.56. Orla Mulvihill was second female junior in 22.04.

 Best of luck to all competing in Carney. Don't forget to wear the club vest.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Sligo AC in action at Cara Bundoran 10 Mile Road Race

Excellent turn out from the club at the Cara Bundoran 10 mile road race and 10k event today. Sligo AC had the overall winner in the ten mile event and the club was also first in both the men's and women's team events in the ten miler.

Over 30 members participate in testing conditions
Well done to the winner of the ten mile race Richard Gorman, who along with Michael O'Connell, Seamus Somers and Neal Higgins made up the successful men's team.

A big well done too to Lucy Brennan who was third overall in the women's category of the ten miler and who led home the winning Sligo AC team which also included, Roseanne Mitchell, Deirdre Deering and Pauline Henry.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Connacht Indoor Championships

A host of medals were won by Sligo AC members at the Connacht Indoor Championships in Athlone on Sunday. From individual to realy events the club's athletes were to the fore in both juvenile and senior grades. Two bus loads made the journey to the new indoor arena and they did their coaches proud. There were also plenty of parents present to cheer on their offspring.

Many of the club's younger members were making their debuts not only at the track but also experiencing indoor running for the first time. It all augurs well for the many events ahead including the track season.

This coming week-end will see a strong club presence at the Cara Bundoran 10 mile road race. There'll be a field of over 800 runners for the event which also includes a 10k for the first time.

The race is a excellent start to the road race season and the events come thick and fast soon after with the Tubbercurry 10k on St. Patrick's Day kicking off this year's Road Race League that features ten races spread over several months and ending in October with the Grange 10k.