Athenry AC News
Athenry AC are hosting their annual 10km Burger Run on Friday 24th July at St Mary's GAA Club House (approx 2.5 miles outside Athenry town). Registration is on the night and the race starts at 8.00pm. Our very own Master Chef Owen Curran is organising the BBQ again this year and there will be a delicious burger for all athletes after the race!
Guests permitted so feel free to come and join us on the night! Rules of the race...you are not allowed wear a watch or use any device that tells the time. When registering you predict the number of mins you think it will take you to run the 10km e.g. 40 mins, 45.23 mins etc. the person who finished closest to their predicted time wins regardless of race position. You can run as fast or as slow as you want! Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and 1st, 2nd and 3rd female, winner of race and guest. It is always a great nights running!
If anybody cannot run but would like to help out on the night it would be greatly appreciated. Looking forward to seeing you there!Category: Running News
Headford 8km took place on Saturday 4th July in Headford town.
This charity event now in its 11th year saw almost 240 athletes complete the distance in very mixed weather. All proceeds from the race go to charities supporting children with disabilities. To date the race has raised over €35,000 and provides valuable additional funds to support children in their own communities by providing short breaks, respite and in-home supports.
Matt Bidwell GCH claimed victory for the third time in as many years crossing the line in 26.28. Frank Hayes finished in second place in 27.35 and only seconds behind Ciaran O'Dwyer took third place in 27.42.
Athenry's Jane Ann Meehan finished 14th overall while winning the ladies race in a comfortable 29.57. Siobhan Egan was second 31.35 and Claire Rowe 33.07.
Others taking part from the club include David Meehan finished in 10th place in 29.43, Mary Kealy 34.27, James Lundon 35.08, Valerie Glavin 37.16 and Fiona Doughan 37.55.Race Reports Attachments: headford8km2015.pdf
There were great results from the Athenry AC athletes on Day 1 of the 2015 GloHealth National Juvenile Championships. Calum Healy continued a fine year with a silver in the long jump, and he still has two days of competition to go and high chances of further medals to bring back home. Thomas and Jessie Barr are often considered to be the poster siblings for Irish Track and Field but Athenry AC have their own brother-sister team in Brandon and Shannen Lee. Brandon won his hurdles heat by the width of his vest but made sure in the final and took gold in a very convincing fashion. Shannen Lee took part in a hard fought steeplechase event and her strength held and she came home to take the bronze. Aoibhe Deeley was agonisingly close to making the hurdles final, with first two in each heat and two fastest qualifiers making it through to the final, and Aoibhe unfortunately being third fastest missing out by 16 hundredths of a second.
There were also great performances by Sarah Gilhooley in 800m, Patryk Woleniuk, who has only recently joined the club, and in his first All Ireland in the long jump and Ryan McNelis in the high jump.
We look forward to the next two weekends where many of these athletes are competing again.
Click here for full results.Category: Athenry Club News
Congratulation to all who turned up in Monivea last Saturday, 27 June, for the first Galway AAI Half Marathon Road Race Championship.
Jane Ann Healy, Clare Rowe and Mary Kealy were the first three women home (see above).
Oliver Mullins, Adam Leadbetter and Gearoid Rohan were the first three men home (see below).
Full list of medal winners - indivudual and team - is attached. Club secretaries of winning clubs will get them in due course for distribution.
firstthreemenx.jpg Category: Race Result Attachments: 2015_galway_half_road_race_championship.pdf
Day 2 of the County Track and Field took place on Sunday 28th June at the Regional Sports Centre, Dangan. A small but very active Athenry AC team took home 15 medals, including a massive haul of 6 medals for Anne Lyng who only decided on the morning of competition she was going to compete. Anne took gold in 100m, 200, and 800m and silver in 400m, long jump and high jump. Yvonne Knight, who took a bit of persuading to compete ended up with 4 golds - 400m, LJ, discus and high jump. Yvonne does fantastic work with our juvenile athletes and hopefully this will be an inspiration to them - 'if coach can do it, so can they'. Valerie Glavin continues her return to form, proving that she can just run and run and run by finishing 11th in a 10 mile race in the morning (1hr20min) and then running 49 minutes for the 10,000m a few hours later. Iain Shaw continued with the throws, with the national masters still on his mind, taking gold in discus and weight throw. Distances were well down on Iain's PBs, although a broken toe is being blamed for this (Ed. Note: stop toe poking the cat out the back door so?).
Breakthrough performance of the day came from Brendan Egan, who only joined the club this week, in winning the senior mens 100m in 12.08s. Brendan has only just turned to sprinting in the past 6 weeks, and this was his first competitive sprinting endeavour. Following close on Brendans heals was Drew Davison, also making his sprint debut, finishing in 12.87 making it an Athenry AC 1-2 in the senior sprint.
Well done to all who took part, you served the club well and look forward to seeing you in Athlone in the spring.
15tfday2_28.06.2015_070.jpg Category: Race Result Attachments: 2015_galway_track__field_championships_day_2.pdf
The club is hosting a relay event on Tuesday 30th June which promises to be very exciting! There are approx 23 teams (3 runners per team) taking part! Race Director Mr Jim Leahy has put a lot of time and effort in to organising this event. He has given great consideration to team names which I hope does not reflect our performance (Turtles, Sloths). Meeting at the Church Car Park at 7.45pm to collect our name badges and "formulate our race strategy" we will be briefed on the "do's" and "don't" before running to the starting point on the link road. Promises to be an enjoyable event! Results will be posted following the race in addition to names of anyone who "misbehaves"!Category: Race Reports
The Monivea Half Marathon and 5km took place today, Saturday 28 June.
The 5km is in its 6th year and the half marathon in its 3rd. The half marathon was the official County Galway AAI Championship Half for 2015 and Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in addition to the usual cash prizes in all categories.
There was a very impressive turnout from the club with over 40 athletes taking part. The maroon and white singlets were everywhere to be seen! Some members of Fit4Life ran their first 5km race today which was a great achievement considering the short length of time some of them have been running. For others it was their first time running a Half Marathon, again no mean feat!
The 5km saw approx 15 athletes from the club take part in this year's race. Three members of Fit4Life, Claire Brady, Stephanie McDonagh and Sonya Broderick ran their first 5km race and all finished very strong. Well done ladies!
Mark Walsh from Leevale AC was first to cross the line in 17.56 with Athenry's Ray Sommers in second place 18.45. Hot on Rays heels Danny Carr GCH was third in 18.53. In fourth place but also first M40 was David Evans 19.04. This was the second year Cathal Duffy ran the race and his first race since Claregalway 5km series. Despite being out of training Cathal enjoyed the run and completed the race in 26.11.
Tammie Corrigan finishing 9th overall and took the honours for the ladies 21.36, Rena Stankard was second 24.33 and Athenry's Sheila Kelly claimed third place in 25.16. Brenda Lennon was first F40 in 27.25.
Claire Brady (first 5km race) 31.15, Olivia Gilmore 31.19, Fiona Loughnane 31.43, Lorna Joyce 31.43, Pamela Lee 32.21, Diane Collins 32.44, Sonya Briderick (first 5km race) 33.30, Stephanie McDonagh (first 5km race) 34.58.
Approx 40 members from the club ran the Half Marathon. The route remained the same as last year with a few unexpected surprises en route! Everyone faced the challenge of strong winds and rolling hills on parts of the course. In addition a number of runners had to contend with a herd of cows crossing the course despite the best efforts of lead cyclist Jim Leahy to hold them back!!
Oliver Mullins from Craughwell AC completed the distance in 1.21.02 securing a gold county medal. Adam Leadbetter Athenry AC was a very happy man having earned a silver coming home in second place in 1.21.32. Longford AC's Kevin Ward took bronze in 1.22.13. Gearoid Rohan Athenry AC finishing fourth overall also won 1st place M40.
Jane Ann Meehan took the gold medal for the ladies 1.23.37, Roisin Farragher was second in 1.30.43 and AIT AC's Deirdre Kenna ran 1.34.04 to take the bronze medal. Clare Rowe GCH was 1st W40 in a time of 1.36.05 with Athenry's Mary Kealy finishing first W50 only seconds behind Clare in 1.36.13.
Rodney Bell completed his first half marathon, feeling better than expected at the 9 mile marker Rod continued to push on and finished in 27th place overall in 1.34.14. Well done Rod! Ollie Kyne was targeting a sub 2.30 half but ran a very strong race and was delighted with his finishing time of 2.09.14. Well done Ollie! Patrick Forde's race didn't go according to plan but despite than he still enjoy the race. Before the race Patrick met many old friends and some new friends and said "the craic was great!!" Patrick finished in 1.48.04. Orla McCluskey ran a very strong race which resulted in a PB 1.54.40 (nice one Orla!).
There was plenty of post race nutrition available in the community hall afterwards. And a variety of Glenisk Yogurts were readily available in a variety of flavours which Patrick Forde described as a real thrill! And to complete the event there was the presentation of county medals to both race and category winners.
Well done to all and hope to see you back again next year!
Photos on Facebook.
Race result for both races is attached.Category: Race Reports Attachments: 15monivearaces_prov.pdf
A great evening for Day One. The results of all events are attached. They have an old-style 80s feel to them with a fixed-width Courier font and wide formatting.
Sincere thanks to Iain Shaw and Brian Bruton for a good night's entertainment...sorry...sport.
Onwards to this Sunday.Category: Race Result Attachments: galway_tf_day_1_results_v2.pdf
I think it all started a long time ago when I was in 3rd class in school, the school sports day was coming up and we had to pick the events we wanted to enter. As a 7 year old you were expected to go in the 60m 80m and 100m, maybe chance the long Jump or the high jump.
But I knew for me these would not be an option as I would only be getting up to speed as the finish line approached and dead last. No I have to go long, so it was going to be the 600m and the mile. Unfortunately the teachers didn't see it that way these 2 events were for the boys of 5th and 6th class, a small schroney lad from 3rd class could do himself damage, no they weren't having that so it was back to the 80m and 100m and last in both races.
So as you can see long distance running has always being lurking around in the back of my head. For a long time it lay dorment there, almost completely undisturbed, with only watching the odd marathon on the tv. Then 3 year ago I made a huge mistake, I joined Athenry AC this was the first mistake, I only joined to do speed and I can still remember the conversion with Frances (I’m only doing speed nothing else). Then came mistake number 2 and I went for a couple of Saturday morning runs and started to meet up with people who seem to have been out all night running, they were training for the 50km in Portumna. They looked normal enough, they even sounded normal but they weren't even training for a marathon they were going to run over 31miles. I had to go and see this, so when the day came we went to Portumna to watch and it was fantastic, they were brilliant they were gods, elite, I was truly in awe of these people, but the monster had well and truly being awoken. The summer wore on and before we knew it the club was in full Dublin city marathon mode.
With very little persuassion I decided to do Dublin and the long runs started and I loved it. Dublin came and I ran it with Kieran and Deirdre, and it was brilliant except a small hiccup at mile 20. The next June we were in Portumna again, this time it was to watch a true legend of distance running the great Ruthann Shehann in the 100km and boy what a sight. She made this distance look effortless, it was amazing to watch. That was it, one way or another I was going to do this I had to, it just wouldn't go away I couldn't get it out of my head.
Last year wasn't a good year on the running front for me, I seemed to be injured or sick all the time. I think it was during the summer that I truly made up my mind it was going to be this year. At the Athenry AC Christmas party I meet Ruthann and talked to her about doing it. She filled me with confidence, so in January with help from Ruthann and Jane Ann I formulated a training plan. It wasn't too bad at first, a few runs a week but then came the new plan, I needed to do back to back long runs of 20 miles plus. This was different, now my weekends were gone, with this life changed, life was very simple for me, Eat, Sleep, Train, Work, Eat, Sleep, Train, Work, there was nothing else. What ever else had to be done Frances had to do it, I was never at home and if I was, I was eating or sleeping. The other problem was food, I was starving all the time Frances would cook dinners for 2 days, and go to speed I would come in and eat the lot thinking it was only 1 dinner.
With the help of Jane Ann and her magic hands I almost managed to stay injury free but as part of training I did the Limerick marathon and ran ridiculously fast in the second half, but it felt great and the following Tuesday ran a fast 5k in Loughrea. The next day my shin was sore so I decided no training till Friday I had a big weekend planned, half marathon on Friday and 2 back to back 50km's on Saturday and Sunday this would be the pinnacle of my training. Friday and Saturday went ok, shin was a bit sore but the usual routine, stretch, roll, cold bath, food, sleep should take care of it.
Sunday morning I set off and everything seemed ok other than the weather it was foul, heavy rain windy and cold After about fifteen miles I could feel the shin and by 20 I was limping, the problem was I was in Derrydonnell and had to get to Craughwell. By the time I made it home the leg was starting to go from under me but I made it, 78 miles done since Friday. I should be ecstatic but this shin business was bothering me. Luckily I had an appointment with Jane Ann for Tuesday. By this time I was expecting the worst news as the swelling had not gone down, I couldn’t see how I'd be ready to run 10km never mind 100km.
So in to Jane Ann, she looks at me coming through the door and say’s your not moving too well. She has a look at it and a poke around and then ask’s how long to Portumna. 23 days, ok she says we need a plan and proceeds to hatch a plan. I couldn't believe it, the 100km was still on, there would be no running for a week, so Jane Ann says seeing as you won't be running for a week I can go a bit harder on you! If you ever hear these words from Jane Ann RUN, run as fast and as far away as you can get, she is about to kill you or at least think she is. But as always she works her magic and a week later I did my last long run, Craughwell to Carnmore airport for the 5k series, I had learned my lesson and this was a very easy 5k, 26 minutes but very happy no complaints, I was ready for Portumna.
The day had finally arrived, it seemed I had waited all my life for this and here it was. A beautiful morning no wind, pleasant not too hot a little chilly if anything. I meet up with Janet as planned and we found we weren't the only Athenry runners there. Mary Kealy and Adam Leadbetter were going in the 50km aswell. Just after 7 am we were off and it felt great to be finally running. For 4 laps of the 5km course myself and Janet ran together at a nice steady pace, every lap Frances had my food ready for me but there was some thing wrong, I could't figure it out I didn't want the food. In all the training runs since Connamara ultra I had followed the same routine, eat every 5km and it was a great way to keep going, every 5km I get to eat again.
On lap 3 I didn't eat, just couldn’t eat and on lap 4 the wheel seemed to come off the wagon, I was feeling dizzy and absolutely no energy. I came to a small wall at about the 2km mark and sat down and thought this is not good. I am 17km into a 100km run and I have no energy and can't eat. I decided to run the rest of the lap back to Frances but when I got to the water station at the marina I found they had coke, 2 glasses of coke and I keep walking. Suddenly I had energy I could run again, got back to Frances and said no more food just coke and red bull.
I didn't know how long this would last I figured this new diet would surely make me sick so I was trying to drink as little coke as possible (I thought this is the way to do100km's) while carrying a bottle of red bull as some sort of comfort blanket in case I run out of steam half way around the course. As the day wore on more club members started to arrive and it was great to see and hear from them, the encouragement was brilliant. I remember Dave Noone running beside me and checking to see if I was alright or needed anything, one more lap and you will be counting down, this was great it's amazing how the little things keep you going.
Then there was a changing of the guard at the second water station Maeve Noone was in charge with Tieran in support. This was great now, I had a big group of supporters at the start line, and when I reached the other end of the course a pep talk from Maeve was fantastic. After another few laps I was beginning to feel that I could make it to the end on just coke and was happy enough with the situation. I knew I was running out of energy as I was having to walk the 100m up the very small slope to Maeve's water station but I was ok as Maeve would come running down with coke and words of encouragement to get me back to Frances for more of the same.
At some point people were getting worried that I wasn't eating and were trying to encourage me to eat when a shout come's from the back I HAVE SAUSAGE ROLLS HERE, Mairead Quinn, wouldn't you know if I had anything in me to throw up it would definitely come up at the thought of sausage rolls.
The next problem was the shin, l had 4 laps to go and was starting to limp at times. I metioned it to Maeve in one of the pep talks, and it was simple, as far as she was concerned take neurofin now, you will be sick later but what the hell you'll have your 100km. The last lap was great, the roar from the gang as I left was worth 2 kilometres at least but it will be a while before I FORGIVE Kieran. Just as I'm leaving he says there are three 100km runner's just ahead of you and you can get them. I can hear the words ringing in my ears you can get them, 3 places higher up the leader board and I also had a quick look at the clock as I passed the finished line 9 hours 29 minutes I could make the ten hours and the 3 places.
Push Jimbo it’s only a 5km easy peasy I can do it. I pushed as hard as I could my legs were wobbling a bit but I knew they were ok and would last. I caught up with the 3 lads and as I passed each 1 asked them what lap they were on, all had to 2 to go (thanks Kieran). But it did help me get the time. The last 3km were wonderful, all the way through the race I didn't look at the km signs because they could drive you mad but I looked at them on the last 3km, 97, 98, 99, and then nothing. Just thought of all the training runs, the wet days, cold days in and out the Dublin road, all the people who ran with me it was amazing. Then when I turned off the track for the last time and you see the finish line it was unbelievable and then you cross that line.
It’s over I have done it, and then suddenly there was everybody all my club friends, my sister Aideen, my Dad, and Frances, the brilliant Frances who for a full 6 months had put her whole life on hold to let me train for this. Handed me my breakfast, had all my meals for the day ready to go, my gear bag packed so I could run home in the evening what ever I needed Frances was their with it. So what can I say, that’s the story of my 100km. I would like to dedicate it to my parents who taught me I can achieve anything I want to in this life, its just about finding the way to do it. My wonderful mother would always say to me you can do it, you can do it. So if you have that thing at the back of your head don't give up on it, you can do it. And what did I learn from the 100k. Never give your kids coke I ran 70 kilometres on just 2 litres of it, no wonder kids are bouncing off the walls. And live in a bungalow if you want to do this sort of thing because stairs are hell the next day.
Jim LeahyCategory: Race Reports
Congrats to Bid Kissane, fresh from her Kerry marathon exploits, on rceiving her PhD this afternoon (Thursday, 18 June) in NUIG. Lyall donned the hat but Bid wore the gown.
The title of her thesis is, "Development of Rapid Spectroscopic Methods for the Analysis of Cell Culture Media". Ya wha', Gay?
Martin Keane sends his best wishes from faraway fields while James Lundon took the picture :-).Category: Athenry Club News
The 2015 Galway AAI Half Marathon Road Race Championships will take place in conjunction with the Monivea Half Marathon Road Race on Saturday, 27 June.
Enter here (wufoo). Also entries on the day itself!
All local AAI clubs are encouraged to ensure that they have teams of women and men competing in this important road race.
The results of these championships will be based on the race official result and it's incumbent on all local athletes to be correctly registered, both club and category.
Galway AAI will produce the Championships result and get the winners their medals soon thereafter.
Medals will be assigned as so:
* 1st/2nd/3rd Male/Female in the Senior, 40, 50, 60 and 70 categories,
* 1st/2nd/3rd Male/Female teams of four finishers from the same club.Category: Race Result