The first running of the Martin Egan Memorial 10KM Road Race takes place on Sunday 11 March 2012 at 1:30PM, in Shanaglish, South of Gort.
Starting and finishing at the Beagh Community Centre, it runs through the hamlet of Shanaglish,passing by Martin Egan’s life-long home in Creggboy along the way. This road race was formerly the Beagh 10KM, which was very successfully organised in 2010 and 2011.
Martin Egan of Shanaglish was a well-known middle-distance runner who died in 2006 after living his long life very close to the village of Shanaglish and the scene of the legendary Shanaglish Sports. He broke the Irish four-mile record in 1946, which had stood for the previous 59 years.
He was also selected to compete for Ireland in the 1948 London Olympics. He did not run due to reasons related to the split that was then engulfing Irish athletics, between the competing AAU and the NACA organisations. Martin won upwards of 50 national senior medals in a long and very varied running career. He was also a member of a wider family of siblings who won 8 national senior medals on one day in August 1945, a feat that has not come close to be repeated since.
To commemorate the inaugural running of this road race, a special limited edition booklet to celebrate Martin Egan’s achievements is being produced and will be available at no cost on the day of the race itself.
This booklet will be entitled, The Lost Olympian: Martin Egan, Shanaglish. It will contain numerous articles about Martin and his wider family, as well as a treasure trove of photographs of Martin and his many achievements.
Entry to the race is E12 on-line via runireland.com while limited on-the-day entries will be available for E15 at race HQ. The race is Athletics Ireland permitted and the course is Jones Counter measured.
Full details on the race can be had from Margaret Walsh at 087-9917961 or WalshMags@yahoo.com. More details on Martin Egan and his life can be obtained from Declan Egan at DeclanE2000@gmail.com. Proceeds from the race will go to the Beagh Community Centre.