Over these years IR editor and Ballyhaunis native has often revisited his running roots
in his hometown. In his aptly named column on page 80, ‘Home Straight’, Frank has always sought out some ‘sustenance for the soul’ in that home terrain.
It is not just the familiar lanes, boreens and roads around the town
where he started running that he revisits, but also the friends he
trained with, and the characters they met along the way. In addition
to another trip down memory lane in the the current issue, he also
looks ahead to the Ballyhaunis 8k – our final Road League race on
Frank gives a commitment to complete the course ‘no matter how long it
takes me’ and ‘to welcome lots of runners to my hometown’. There is a
fine advertisement for the race on p75. Sharp eyed readers will also
see the bould Christy O”Malley on the long winding road of the Achill
Half marathon on p6.
As we look forward to races 6 and 7 – the Claremorris 5 and the
Ballina 10k, we hope that there will be a big response to Frank’s
invitation to ‘OUR’ town for the final league race.