Fields of Athenry 10k 2021 (26th Dec)
Organised by local club Athenry AC in Galway, the Fields of Athenry 10k on St. Stephen’s Day is regarded as one of the top road races in the country. The race had to be cancelled in 2020 due to Covid restrictions, but returned very strong this year when more than 1,000 took part. The race started behind the train station and finished in the heart of the town. The course was reasonably flat up to 3k, then there was a long drag up to the 5k mark, followed by a few more ups and downs along the way but it still can’t be considered a hilly course. The final kilometre is downhill, so everyone gained a bit of time with a very fast finish over the last kilometre. Running in very good conditions, Eddie Newman finished well up in 25th place in 36:02 to comfortably win his master category. Also competing was James Tierney (38:21) and Anna Broderick who finished strongly in 41:14, just outside the top 20 women finishers.