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Longford Marathon & Half Marathon

Mon, 2014-08-25 22:41

Mick Rice made a successful return to his beloved long distance racing yesterday in the Longford marathon, finishing in 11th with a 2.55.01. It has been nearly two long years since Mick last lined up at the start line of a marathon & he is clearly getting back to where he wants to be.

In the half marathon we had three members, Aidan Madden, Majella Cummins & Fiona Lane, taking part with Aidan in particular having a tough day at the office. Some erratic pacing groups early on left him overcooked at the 10 mile marker and he struggled the last few miles. It wasn't all bad though as he still produced a 2min PB with a 1.32.30. Majella posted a 2.13.00 whilst Fiona posted a 2.19.16.

Category: Race Result Attachments: longfordresult.xls

Athenry AC winners of the Brendan Gavin Memorial Shield at Claregalway 10KM

Sun, 2014-08-24 22:56

Athenry AC were the proud winners of the Brendan Gavin Memorial Shield at the Claregalway 10KM last weekend.  The shield has been fought for since 2003 and was presented by Brendan's wife Bridie, to James Lundon. 

It is presented to the club who has most representatives at the race each year.  The following are the winners: 2003 to 05 GCH, 2006 Mayo AC, 2007 Craughwell AC, 2008 Mayo AC & 2009 to 13 GCH.

Brendan was the main organiser of CRH during the 1990s and 2000s. He organised and participated in the CRH men's teams that won cross country events at novice, intermediate and senior level at both Galway and Connacht cross country competitions. Brendan was a regular participant in local, national and international road races running distances between 5k to marathons across Ireland, England, Germany and USA.  Brendan was race director of the Claregalway 10K and on the CRH club committee. Since his untimely passing in 2002 the CRH committee donate €5 to Galway Hospice from each entry to its annual 10K event in recognition of the care provided to Brendan during his illness. To date over €10,000 has been raised for Galway Hospice.

Category: Athenry Club News

Claregalway 10km Result & Report

Sat, 2014-08-23 21:45

Athenry AC members definitely made good use of the perfect running conditions tonight in Claregalway with at least seven new PB's set in Clare River Harriers' annual 10k event.

Showing impressive improvement lately is Ian Pomphrett who ran a 2min PB with a 40.28 whilst Pat McDonagh claimed just rewards for some consistent running over the past year, dipping under the 40min marker for the first time to claim a great new PB of 39.49. Both Gearoid Rohan & Chris Deakin took a minute off their PB's with a sub 38 & sub 39 respectively whilst Kieran Guiry ran a 30sec PB but narrowly missed out on his sub 40 target with a 40.02. Finishing alongside Kieran was Sinead Foran who was even closer with a 40.01. More PB's on the night were gained by Mairead Sullivan (43.21) & Paul Hegarty (41.23).

Ray Somers was first club member home with 36.10 for fourth position with John Langan our last sub 40 member on the night with an impressive 39.05.

Sinead was first female member home (& fifth overall) with her 40.01, followed by Mairead. Next female home and definitely showing some timely return to form was Deirdre Quinn (just in time for Dublin too!) with a 44.38.

Running some of their fastest times of the year were James Lundon & Pat Forde whilst Mark Flannery & James Corbett made a rare appearance in the maroon & whiet singlet tonight. We also had some new members appearing with Alexandra Rose & John O'Leary lining out for the club tonight.

First place on the night was taken by the ever present Matt Bidwell, a perfect advertisement for Fitness Analytics if ever there was one.  Matt's clubmate Regina Casey was first female on the night completing a double for Galway City Harriers.

Thanks to CRH on a super event, especially Tom Kilgarriff and his crew of runners who got the evening off to allow the rest of us enjoy the very sunny weather that greeted us all around the course.  We were even treated to a few notes from the concert at the castle as we passed.

Category: Race Result Attachments: claregalway10km_2014.pdf

Athenry AC 5km Club Championship: Results Now Attached.

Wed, 2014-08-20 22:22

In what was the largest turnout ever for the club championships we had over 70 runners line up at the Athenry Medical Centre for this year's event, the 12th.

With the handicap system in place we had approximately 18 minutes between the first & last starter with Ray Somers the final runner out of the blocks. He duly lived up to his handicap position by taking home the prize of fastest runner on the night. The race was run over the recent 5KM Series course.

First past the post & winner of this years Championship was Peter Elwood whilst Masters Champion goes to Anne Hunter.

Congrats on a well organised event must go to Jim Leahy, Philip Magnier & their large gang of volunteers last night. Full report to follow.

Photos of the event on our Facebook page here.

Category: Race Reports Attachments: 2014_club_championships_final.xls

Achill Half/Full/Ultra Marathon - 23rd August

Mon, 2014-08-11 21:43

For those looking to bridge a gap between The Streets and DCM then on 23rd August there is the Achill Half-Full-Ultramarathon.  This is a race organised by highly experienced runners and race organisers and is a great running experience.  Our own David Noone ran the full marathon last year and thought very highly of the race.  His race report from last year can be found at  The race website is at


Category: Running News

Streets of Galway 2014

Sun, 2014-08-10 05:09

As always the club were huge supporters of the Streets with a huge 70 members taking part last Saturday (9 August 2014).

Top of the list was Ray Somers who ran a 27.55 for a new PB & 23rd position overall. He was followed exactly a minute later by Mick Rice who is clearly back on form after his troubles last year. We had six members dipping under the 30 minutes with Jane Ann Healy, Gearoid Rohan, David Meehan & Tomasz Kadzielawski also seeing 29.** for the first time whilst Drew Davison narrowly missed out for the second successive race with a 30.20.

There were PB’s dotted throughout the results with Sinead Foran, Pat McDonagh, Mairead Sullivan & Paul Hegarty amongst many others to post new personal bests. In particular Mairead Blake ran a stormer for a 35.17 & a big PB. Amazingly (or sickeningly – you choose), David Noone posted a 32.53 after running a marathon earlier in the day.

We had the long awaited return to the roads of Bernie Mulryan on Saturday with a 37.28; hopefully it will be a prolonged stay this time around. And fresh from his category placing in the National Half Marathon the previous Monday, Martin Keane ran a 44.15 but missed out on a prize this week as Tom O’ Connor posted a 43.17.

Mick Rice was our sole prize-winner on the night, taking 1st position in his age category whilst also being a member of the winning Corporate Team, Fidelity. Jane-Ann Healy was 5th woman home with a narrow gap of 15 seconds to a podium spot. With her steady progression over the last year a top three finish could well be in her sights for next year.

The race was won outright in 23.38 by Martin Fagan who, after his enforced absence from the sport for a couple of years, has shown he is right back in the thick of things of late. He beat reining DCM champion, Sean Hehir, by 24 seconds whilst Freddy Keron Sittuk was a further 8 seconds back in third. With such a stacked field it was also great to see some local runners in the mix with Matt Bidwell & John Greaney of GCH finishing in 6th & 9th respectively.

Crusaders took two podium spots in the women's race as Orla Drumm took the win with a 27.38 & Ilona McElroy was 3rd in 29.35 with Finn Valley’s Theresa McGloin taking 2nd in 28.59. Regina Casey, GCH, narrowly missed out on a podium in a spring finish with Ilona, finishing a second further back in 29.36.

Results & prizes located here.  Images are available from here and other web locations likewise.  Finally, a most interesting piece of YouTube video here.

Category: Race Result

Rock n Roll National Half Marathon

Fri, 2014-08-08 21:45

Congratulations are due to the ever youthful Martin Keane as provisional results place him third in the 70 - 74 category in the National Half Marathon which was held in Dublin last Monday. Martin finished in a time of 2.05.10, just three & a half minutes off second place. Amazingly 1st place in the age group, Christy McGonagle, City of Derry, posted a fantastic 1.37.35.

At the top end of proceedings Mick Clohissey continued his succesful year with first place overall in a time of 1.05.55, beating his Raheny Shamrocks teammate Freddy Kerron Situk by one & a half minutes to take the title with Serguie Ciobanu placing third a further 30 seconds back.

The ladies race was convincingly won by Sarah Mulligan in a time of 1.16.03, over four minutes to her closest competitor Ailish Malone with Norah Newcombe completing the podium.

Full results attached below.

Category: Race Result Attachments: national_half_marathon_championships_results_men_ind_updated.pdf national_half_marathon_championships_results_women_ind_updated.pdf