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Written by Michael Tobin   
Tuesday, 05 September 2006
Athenry AC made a major impact at the weekend at National level in long-distance running when their senior men's team claimed the bronze medals in the National Half-Marathon Championships in Letterkenny.

Led home by Paul McNamara who claimed the individual bronze medal in a time of 1.07.48, the other scorers for the team were Brian O'Connor in 22nd place in a time of 1.17.01 and Peter Delmer in 32nd place in a time of 1.18.51. The rest of the team also finished strongly on the hilly course, coping well with the blustery conditions - with Mick Rice home in 1.19.10, Alan Burke 1.25.38 and Gary Doherty 1.26.17.

Road running in Galway is enjoying a mini-boom in participation rates at present, with record numbers participating in all the local road races. This victory will give a further boost to club runners in the county as it shows that national success can be achieved at senior level when the right focus and preparation is there.

Galway's success on the day was completed by Clare River Harriers athlete Andy Talbot who claimed the silver medal in the Masters O55 category in a time of 1.24.48.

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