Athenry AC News
With the ongoing fallout from the doping scandal in Russian athletics it looks increasingly likely that Loughrea AC’s Olive Loughnane will be belatedly awarded 1st position, a gold medal & title of World Champion for her efforts in the 20k Walk at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.
Finishing in silver position on the day, 50 seconds behind Russia’s Olga Kaniskina, the Cork native was delighted with her performance on the day but the now retired athlete can be proud of the fact that she is a world champion on merit even if the lateness of the news is bittersweet.
The news means the Republic of Cork now has two world champions after Robert Heffernan’s fantastic 50k walk gold in Moscow last year & indeed could have more medals on the way as Heffernan’s 4th position’s in the 2012 London Olympics & the 2010 World Championships come under review with the banning of Gold medallists, Sergei Kirdyapkin & Sergei Bakulin. The Russian walkers have been provisionally banned & their results from three different periods over the last decade have been annulled by RUSADA although their results during the Olympics & World Championships currently still stand. With such a chequered & unbelievable timeline the IAAF will surely investigate further with the possibility of bronze medals for Heffernan should additional malpractice be uncovered.
Reacting to the news of her own new title yesterday, Olive Loughnane took to twitter, declaring;
“Woke up with a silver, going to bed with prospect of gold. Darling daughter wondering if I get 2 hold on 2 the silver! Thanks so much ebody”
All at Athenry AC congratulate Olive on a well-earned title & hope it brings the enjoyment that her efforts over the years deserve.
Brilliant RTE Sport interview with Olive is located at the bottom of this link and is well worth the effort of clicking through.
Irish Independent article on the latest Russian doping development is here.
Partial Connacht Tribune article by Stephen Glennon is here and below:
FOUR-time Olympian, Galway’s Olive Loughnane looks set to become a World champion following the revelation this week that the Russian she finished second to in the women’s 20km walk at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin has been disqualified for doping.
A thrilled Loughnane has welcomed the news and expressed her delight that drug cheats like Russian Olga Kaniskina were now being “hunted down” in the sport. It has been revealed that of the 17 gold medals won by Russian walkers at the Olympics and Worlds in the last decade, 16 were captured by athletes banned for doping at some stage of their careers.
“It’s ridiculous,” exclaims the mother-of-two of that startling statistic. “Sure, it never made sense. You had this small little area and you had so many winning medals coming out of there. You could be really critical but the rest of us were not stupid either. It wasn’t that we were doing things wrong.
“Look, we always kind of knew. I was disillusioned after London because I felt it was getting away from the WADA, the World Anti Doping Agency. I was obviously privileged to have a medal but I didn’t think anyone else would get that chance because the Russians were dominating so much. It had come to the point where you couldn’t compete with them.”
However, she believes by outing the drug cheats, it will make it possible for clean athletes now to compete for medals and she hopes the news would be a source of encouragement to those honourable competitors working and training hard to reach the summit.
“In fairness, when I was competing, I always went with the attitude that, look, I have no control over what they do. I can only control what I can do. So, I always fought for every single place and it didn’t matter if it was 17th instead of 18th. That is what I did. That kind of stood to me because if I hadn’t fought so hard I might not be going from silver to gold.
“So, yeah, it is a positive development and for me, personally, obviously it is great. I was in the best case scenario going from silver to gold. I am not sure though I would be as charitable towards them if I was going from fourth to third and if I hadn’t stood on the podium.”Category: Running News
The National Masters and Intermediates All Ireland Cross Country is on in the Palace Grounds, Tuam, Co Galway on February 8th next. This will be run alongside the Juvenile Development events is the first National Cross Country Championship held in Galway since 1999.
Can you please contact Brian Bruton (Galway County Board - firstname.lastname@example.org) if any athlete wishes to be considered for Galway County teams in the following events? There is already plenty of interest and some strong teams are likely to be fielded for these events. The event list below shows race dsitances, how many can be entered plus how many score.
Intermediate Mens 8km, 12 run 6 score
Master Men Over 35 7km, 12 run 6 score
Master Men Over 50 7km , 12 run 6score
Intermediate Womens 5km- 8 run 4 score
Master Women Over 35 -4km 8 run 4 score
Master Women Over 50 - 4km 8 run 4 score
There will also be a Masters Men Over 65 Event which is a Club event only @ 4km
Intermediate athletes must be 20 years of age or over on the 31st December in the year of competition and must never have been an individual medal winner or a scoring member of the winning club or county team at National Intermediate Championships.
Masters team event is split into Over 35’s and 50’s (But if not enough interest, then one Masters team - eg 35 and all ages upwards - could run once there were 6 on the team).
Masters 65’s men race in with masters women’s race.
Masters categories individual go up in 5 year tranches ie 35/40/45/50/55/60/65/70/75 etc
Club Teams can also be entered separately with 8 to run and 4 to score on all Club Teams except;
Master Men O65 4,000m where 6 run & 3 score.
Please let Brian Bruton know of any interest plus your registration details for entry before the deadline on January 30th 2015.Category: Running News
News reached us over the weekend of the passing of Patricia (Patsy) Cunningham, mother in law to both James Lundon & Mick Rice, two of the founding members of Athenry Athletics Club. Everyone at the club would like to express our sincerest condolences to both families on their loss.
Reposing at Cusack's Funeral Chapel, Kilrush on Tuesday evening from 4.30 o'clock with removal at 7.30pm to St. Senans Church, Knockerra. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 12.00pm.Athenry Club News
Sunday 19th January 2014, the finish line of the 10th edition of the Tuam AC annual 8k race. 31.38 on the clock & Frank Burke crosses the line, pipped at the post by Kieran Guiry a second earlier in what was one in a series of great results for Kieran but what signalled the beginning of Franks ‘Annus Horribilis’ as one injury set back after another had Frank doubting he would line up at another start line again.
Fast forward one year, 32.49 on the clock & Frank Burke crosses the line, a minute slower but a run with a hell of a lot more meaning as it signals the end to his ‘Annus Horribilis’. Two successful races in two weeks & lofty targets ahead!
Today’s race saw a great turnout, just shy of 500, with Gary Thornton of GCH making a triumphant return to the Galway roadways, turning in a fantastic 24.34 (4.57min/mile pace). Matt Bidwell, also of GCH, was second in 25.53 with Adrian Smith in third.
The womens race was a tighter affair with Regina Casey of GCH & Jane Ann Healy of Athenry running side by side until the latter stages until Regina pulled away to give herself a 12 second gap at the end. Collette Touhy of Mayo AC was a further 20 seconds back in third.
There was a great turn out by Athenry as usual with some great times too. Siobhan Guinan posted a new PB with a 34.43 & starts into her Boston Marathon training in a good frame of mind.
As usual the race went off without a hitch & the spread put on my the Monaghans & Co was second to none.
Results available from Red Tag Timing via the link below.Race Result
The full set of results including both track and field results can be found here
It was a great day for the club, with fine performances across the entire age range of competitors, a big well done to all those who competed, juvenile and senior.
From the results it appears that Athenry AC brought home 32 medals (9 Gold, 16 silver and 7 bronze) which is up on last year which shows the club is moving in the right direction.
The senior club put out a small team this year, with a successful return from injury for Evan Quirke taking two gold and a silver. Sinead Tuohy (high jump silver) continues to make good steady progress in her jumping and will be in action again this weekend at the National Junior/U23 championships. Sinead also has her sights on this years indoor and outdoor senior championships and we wish her well in those. There was a welcome return to competetive action after a three year hiatus for Iain Shaw, who took silver in the Senior mens shot putt, and Iain has his eyes firmly set on the National Masters in July.
But the true champion of the event was the fantastic crowd who contributed to a great competetive atmosphere at AIT international arena. The noise all day was deafening and all events, track or field caught the attention of everyone. Thank you for your support.Category: Athenry Club News
It deserves an article of its own.
It has come to our attention that Frank Burke is back on the road after a year's (injury) enforced absence, after competing in today's Resolution Run 5KM in a very satisfying time of 20:07.
A little birdie has told us that his last race was last year's Tuam 8KM, which means that he missed almost the entire 2014 campaign :-(.
Welcome back, Mr. Race 'You're over Budget!' Director.Category: Athenry Club News
Please find attached a PDF (5.51MB) of the race booklet which was available at the race for free.
P.S. All previous booklets are stored in the following locations:Fields of Athenry 10KM Attachments: 14foa_booklet.pdf