Ballinamore AC celebrates 50th anniversary

Ballinamore 10K race winner Liam Feely pictured after his victory.
Ballinamore Athletic Club was founded in the summer of 1965 and during the fifty years which have since elapsed has made a substantial contribution to Irish Athletics at various levels which include administration, coaching and competition which also includes Schools and Community Games activities.

Ballinamore Athletic Club was founded in the summer of 1965 and during the fifty years which have since elapsed has made a substantial contribution to Irish Athletics at various levels which include administration, coaching and competition which also includes Schools and Community Games activities.

Celebration of these achievements and the work of so many volunteers down the ages will commence with the annual Ballinamore Festival Open 10K and 5k Roadraces on Friday August 14, at 7.30.

The Open road races began in Ballinamore with a 5K in 2008 to mark the selection of Colin Griffin on the Irish Team for the Beijing Olympic Games and in 2010 the club began offering both a 5k and a 10k competition in the same race.

In addition to those wishing to race, the 5k has proved very popular with joggers and walkers with accurate chip timing and access to numerous prizes added to the social occasion.

All finishers will this year also receive a special commemoration medal as well as the usual array of prizes for all categories. Both races start near the Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s GAA club and finish at the Community Centre.

Entry at a reduced fee is now open on the runireland website until Tuesday August 11, or can be made at Ballinamore Sports Hall from 6 pm on the night of the races.

If weather permits there will, as last year, be Under Age races for Under 8,10,12 and 14 for local and visiting competitors in the adjacent St Felim’s playing field with entries from 6 pm.