Athenry AC News
The fifth hosting of the popular and successful Athenry Fit4Life 5km Charity Run / Walk will take place on Saturday November 08th 2014 @ 12.00pm in the town of Athenry.
This 5km Fit4Life race is open to all runners but is primarily targeted at Fit4Life members in Galway City, County & neighbouring counties. Many Fit4Life runners use this event to take part in their very first race & it often acts as a first step to some successful running careers. This is a race by Fit4Life runners for Fit4Life runners as the race is organised & run by F4L'ers.
This years event takes place on a new route in the town of Athenry (Same route as this years Athenry leg of the 5k series). Route map available here.
Registration will be held on the day from 10.00am (Registration location to be confirmed at a later date) & the entry fee is brilliantly valued at €10. We will have toilets & parking available at registration. There will be post-race refreshments available to all and prize presentation will be held at the registration hall.
There will be prizes for the first Senior Male & Female registered Fit4Life runners plus each participant will receive a commemorate medal.
Pacers will be provided at 2min intervals from 26mins to 36mins. Pacers will have Hi Vis tops indicting what time they are pacing & they will be at the start 15min before the race.
The race starts at 12pm sharp, so please arrive out to Athenry in plenty of time to register, collect your race number and find which pacer you wish to follow. The start is a 2min jog from the registration hall.
Parking will be available in local Car Parks & on street parking in Athenry (Most are free, some are Pay & Display). Marshalls will be on hand on the day to direct you to relevant Car Parks.Category: Running News
The 13th running of the Fields of Athenry 10km will take place on St. Stephen's Day, December 26th at 11am.
Over the last number of years this has has become one of the leading road races in the country, and this year we aim to raise the bar higher. The race is being held on its now traditional route, finishing under the medival arch in Athenry.
The race has sold out for the last few years & last year saw a record number of finishers with 1131 crossing the line & returning champions Eilish Kelly & Mick Clohissey of Rahey Shamrocks taking top honours again. So don't miss out and sign up now.
Online entry available here.
Dedicated race website here.
What colour will this years hat be?Category: Running News
Well done to all the Athenry AC athletes running for various schools today - just shows how important regular training is! Also, well done to all Athenry AC athletes who helped make these semi-finals a huge success. Roll on the finals next Tuesday at the same time. Some great finals are in prospect.
Results here.Category: Athenry Club News Attachments: Semi Final results
Full result from the Marconi Half can be found here.
Two Athenry AC finishers on what was a very windy (almost always against us too) and extremely sunny day between Roundstone and Clifden!CRAUGHWELL MAN RETAINS TITLE AT 2014 MARCONI HALF MARATHON, CONNEMARA Last weekend saw the 2nd very successful running of the Marconi Half Marathon in Connemara. Glorious sunshine and near-perfect conditions greeted over 300 athletes as they lined up at Gurteen Beach near Roundstone for what is turning out to be one of the marquee events on the running calendar. The route took runners through some of the most amazing scenery in the west of Ireland, along the coast into Roundstone and then turning west across the vast wilderness of the Bog Road before arriving in Clifden to a large crowd of cheering supporters. This year again saw a good mixture of Irish participants complimented by a sizeable number of foreign entrants, giving a very cosmopolitan buzz and feel to the day. First across the line was last years winner Ollie Mullins from Craughwell in a time of 1:21:23, but he had to work hard to retain his title as Des Tremble closely followed him home just 12 seconds later. In the women’s category, the victory went to Meredith Mahoney from Brooklyn, New York in 1:36:00. Commenting on the success of this year’s event, race director Thomas King said, “We are delighted with the turnout and fantastic reception the race has received since its launch. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from participants, and the large numbers of people staying on for the weekend are also a great boost to the local economy”. Full results and photos from this year’s Marconi Half Marathon can be found on www.facebook.com/marconihalfmarathon and www.marconirun.com Men Women 1. Ollie Mullins 1:21:23 1. Meredith Mahoney 1:36:00 2. Des Tremble 1:21:35 2. Maggie Vahey 1:36:52 3. Shane Clarke 1:24:51 3. Michelle Waters 1:38:45 O40 Deyrick Deane 1:27:56 O40 Margaret Sheridan 1:47:03 O50 Paul McDonagh 1:26:40 O50 Wynn Burke 1:46:14 060 Nollaig McEntegart 1:28:45 O60 Barbara Bergin 1:57:08 Thomas King. @ the finish line in Clifden Thomas King with Ollie Mullins [photos courtesy of Iain Henderson] Category: Running News
The Galway AAI 10KM Road Race Championships will take place in conjunction with Loughrea AC's The Grey Lake 10K road race next Sunday, 28 September @ 2PM.
All local clubs are encouraged to ensure that they have teams of women and men competing in this county championship at a standard road distance.
The results of these championships will based on the official result produced by the organisers of the road race and it's incumbent on all athletes to be correctly registered, both club and category.
County medals will be won in the following categories:
* 1st/2nd/3rd Senior Male/Female
* First Male O40, O50, O60 and O70
* First Female O35, O45, O55
* First three teams of four Male/Female from the same club.
For details on the race itself, see here:Running News
Ray Somers took a long overdue maiden win on a scenic 5k route in Brooklodge yesterday. In a time of 18.04 Ray had a narrow 2 second victory over Paul Gately with Fergal Walsh a further 16 seconds behind in third.
Tomasz Kadzielawski narrowly missed out on a podium finish with an 18.41 whilst John Langan & Michael Duane also ran sub 19 to finish within the top ten.
Results located here.Category: Race Result
From: Andrea Sellars
Subject: County Galway XC 2014
Galway County Even age Cross Country event is taking place in Bushfield (Loughrea) on Sunday 5th Oct at 1 pm sharp followed by Adult race
All Juniors must be Entered by club secretary before 1st Oct , can as many adults also be registered before that date as well. Thanks.
Adult entries will be taken on the day - (Small amount)
Numbers must be collected before 12.15 pm on day of race by club secretary or official only in Club House.
Details from your local clubs.
Contact galwayathletics aaa-ttt gmail ddd-ooo-ttt com for more details!
What a great day for (watching) racing!
In glorious sunshine this morning, huge numbers of Athenry runners made the short trek to Athlone for the annual Flatline Half Marathon with their eyes on PB's on a fast & flat course. But by the time the race started at 11.00am the mercury was already rising & many struggled with the midday heat.
Not so Jane Ann Meehan & Gearoid Rohan. In fifth position (female) at the 8 mile marker & easily 800 meters behind 2nd placed Leigh James in second, Jane Ann ran a perfectly paced race alongside Gearoid to finish 2nd, beating Leigh James by 1 second in a sprint finish with a time of 1.23.34, which is also a new PB. Gearoid finished with the same time to give him a new 5min PB. Following soon behind was David Meehan, also with a new PB, in a time of 1.26.34.
Revelling in the stifling temperatures were Mairead Sullivan & Frances Leahy. Mairead kept a steady pace throughout & reeled in runner after runner as she finished with a new PB of 1.37.03 whilst Frances, with a target of sub 2 hours in her mind, crossed the line in a new PB time of 1.59.49, which triggered a smile which won't be wiped from her face for weeks to come. Chris Deakin, who set a target of 'a more comfortable sub 90min' after finishing his previous half in 1.29.59 still experienced some squeaky bum time before crossing the line in a not so comfortable (but still impressive) 1.29.41.
Ray Somers was first member home today but struggled in the heat, finishing 3mins down from his PB in 1.22.16. He was in good company though as the heat also got the better of Martin O' Hara, Kieran Guiry, Siobhan Guinan & Pat Forde amongst others, who all finished well off their best. Proof that any of us can have a bad day.
We had some members taking part in their first race at this distance & both Brigid Cannon & Ronan McCarthy easily achieved their targets. Brighid started the day with a target of sub 2.15 & hammered it with a 2.09.39 whilst Ronan easily bettered his target of sub 1.35 with a 1.33.10.
Close on 40 members turned out on the day & whilst some had good days & some had bad days, all agreed that it's a great race & for the second year in a row is getting rave reviews for organisation & atmosphere.Race Reports
Where’s Bernie? “Broke down in Castlebar” said Jannette.
Towing a caravan with a long road still ahead of them to Achill Island, we decided to go and register for the Achill Roar Adventure Race and get something to eat while we waited. Registration was in Geilty’s bar, Dooagh.
Waivers signed and numbers collected, we went to the bar and Des ordered a round of drinks while deciding on food. Anne and Pearse arrived so more drink was ordered while we were still undecided about the food. Halfway through the third pint we got a frantic call from Bernie wondering where the nearest pub was. They had just arrived at the caravan park after a long troublesome journey with an overheating jeep which had to be cooled and topped up with water at frequent intervals. We downed the rest of our pints and went to meet them at the Annexe bar in Keel. Not two words were spoken until Danny got to the bar. “DRINK”. “NOW!” Then after a swift double brandy and a deep breath he sat down and said he never wanted to see water again for as long as he lived!
We finally got round to deciding on food and a trip was made to the local greasy spoon where we loaded up on essential carbs and protein (burgers and chips) all washed down with beer. Mighty craic was had for the rest of the night until someone saw sense and called quitting time as we had a big race ahead of us the next day.
A beautiful sunny day greeted us the next morning. Pearse and Anne arrived at the caravan park after having the full/half Irish in their B&B. While the competitors busied about with numbers, pins, and mandatory kits, Pearse gave the bikes the once over. Bearing in mind some of the bikes hadn’t seen the light of day in quite some time!
We dropped the bikes off in the transition area and hung around with nervous chit chat and giggles waiting for the start of Wave 1 where Anne and myself were competing in the Sports Course. It consisted of 1200m kayak, 8k run and 22k cycle. Bernie and Jannette were taking part in the Mini course an hour later – 700m kayak, 5k run and 12k cycle.
At 11am the gun fired and even though it gave us a little fright we sprinted off across the sand and grass to the water section where the kayaks awaited us. Thank god for Pearse who helped get us into the double kayak and push us off the bank. What followed was chaotic…
What the hell? Why are we drifting to the left all the time? Anne, paddle on your left. “But we’re drifting right?” OK, then paddle on the right. “But that’s your left?” We’re still drifting, left, LEFT. “Do you mean right or YOUR left?” Just follow me. “You there, number two, mirror the girl in front” shouted a steward. We’re drifting again. Left, left or I mean MY right. Jesus, Anne are you still paddling? “Oh yes, sorry, I forgot.” We’ll NEVER make it. The tide is against us, we’re drifting again, right, RIGHT. “You’re splashing me.” Sorry. Left, left, MY right. “Where’s Assumpta when you need her?” Left, right, we’re drifting again…. 30 minutes later, we arrived at the bank and got hauled out with Pearse to the rescue again. Glad that was over, with soggy bums, we ran back the way we came and timed in at the transition area for the run section.
Over the dunes and then on to the beach, we settled into a nice easy pace and decided to split up for the rest of the race. Nothing to do with the kayak disaster, just different fortes. The run was mine, so I stretched ahead of Anne slowly but surely until we got to the mountain climb. There she was climbing faster and faster and closing the gap as we got nearer to the peak. I couldn’t believe it, there wasn’t any more than 10ft between us at the turnaround point. Panicking I shouted “See ya later” and bombed down that mountain as fast as I could, jumping over rocks and sheep, and shouting at fellow runners to hurry up or get out of my way. Back on to the beach I knew she wouldn’t be far behind but I daren’t look back for fear of losing precious seconds. Anne picked up a straggler on the beach and encouraged him to run with her. Not sure if that was motivation for herself to keep going or an act of kindness to the first time racer, but 7 minutes after I had timed in she arrived at transition two for the cycle section, her forte.
After last year’s disastrous cycle on the same route in rain and sleet, I wasn’t looking forward to this section of the race at all. The wind was quite strong and the hills were never ending but I soldiered on knowing Anne was surely closing in on me. At one point there was no-one in front or behind and I thought I had gone wrong but then out of the middle of nowhere heading towards me came Pearse with an encouraging shout of “you’re flying Flora” so I put my head down and pedalled like mad as I knew he was on his way to greet Anne just behind me. A couple more hills and long lonely stretches I finally saw the finish line in the distance. With butterflies in my belly and disbelief that I hadn’t been caught I jumped off the bike, flung it in the transition area and sprinted for the line throwing my arms in the air and screams of delight to Des who was eagerly awaiting to take a photo of the winner. I put my arms down, turned around, and there she was…. just 2 minutes behind me. I hadn’t even caught my breath.
We hugged and slapped each other on the back, delighted to have finished a thoroughly enjoyable yet fiercely competitive race. Bernie and Jannette followed a little while later having completed their course. They mastered the kayaking I’m told, and stayed together for the run and the cycle to finish in style, both very proud as it was their first adventure race.
And the moral of the story? Two lefties will never make a right!
Flora McKnight with Anne Hunter.
Achill Roar, September 6th 2014.Category: Race Reports