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If you think you are beaten, you are...

Wed, 2014-10-22 21:25


If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don't,
If you like to win, but you think you can't
It is almost certain you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you've lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow's will
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are
You've got to think high to rise,
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins

See here for more inormation on this poem by Walter D. Wintle - courtesy of Martin Keane, who is running Dublin next Monday.  He also ran in the second ever Dublin back in 1981 and has run at least 12 of them inbetween.  Legend!  Not forgetting our other co-president, Peadar Nugent, who is participating in his 35th (THIRTY FIFTH) consecutive Dubin City Marathon.  Double legend.

Category: Running News

Out The West - Marconi & Carna

Tue, 2014-10-21 23:26

20 September 2014

The race director's invite to go out and run Marconi had been standing for two years.  I eventually moved my schedule around to get out.  Race 32 of 2014.  Got a lift with AT; just the ticket, literally.  A lovely morning in Clifden to collect my number.  Then back to Roundstone and the Gurteen Bay start.  A whole lot different from the storms earlier this year, when most of the road where the start was located finished up in the sea :-(.  Met TH in AAC garb there.  The race started soon after 11AM and we made our way into Roundstone village, where there were a good few locals out to greet us.  The wind was up and I was already sweating hard.  Out the road to the turn for Clifden and a route I'd never been on before in any form.  T'would be a totally new experience from here on out!  T'was...

There were 6 or 7 men and women ahead of me, with the 1:30 pacing group already slipped well into the distance.  The next five miles would be an up-and-down 'Chinese Torture' with some strange sights along the way.  I was dead and buried by 10 miles, and was burnt toast over the last three KM, which I just finished in under five minutes per KM average.  I mightn't have looked too bad but I was fried.  Three or four passed me too.  The finish was a relief, more so that I was still in the 1:38s.  I thought I was in better shape but it wasn't to be, on what wasn't a gimme day for running.  Running a sub-21 in Killeenen less than two days before probably didn't help?  A brilliantly bright September day with Clifden looking its very best.

A nice medal awaited, which I will always appreciate.  After walking around in a daze for 30 minutes, I was packed into the car to be carried back into Galway.  I meant to call into the excellent Clifden Bookshop before leaving but didn't have the energy.  The next time for sure.  Thanks, TK!  1:38:16.

11 October 2014

Again, a race that I've had a standing invitation to for as long as it's been running, which is at least three, if not four, years.  Race 35 for 2014.  I was driving this time, taking AT along for the drive.  My good deed for the week.  Things were going well and we'd be in Carna in fair time for the 4PM start.  We passed RnaG and drove through Leitir Mór and were well outside the village before the penny dropped: we weren't on the road to Carna.  The clock was ticking loudly now.  3:15PM for a race that started at 4PM.  S***e on a s***k!  We were nearly 15 miles out of our way and still had 20 to go from RnaG to Carna.  In 45 minutes?  Suffice to say, that after picking up a mad local and taking her to Tigh Kitt, and hitting a few "speed bumps" a bit harder than was good for my poor Passat, we got there around 4:04PM.  AT ran up to the start line shouting, "Tá se an teacht!"  I don't think they believe him though, as they were about to start as I was jogging up the road, throwing off my tracksuit.

The race started about 15 seconds after I got to the start line.  My first KM was my warm-up.  I found my pace well enough after that.  Passed a fellow AACer I didn't know around 2.5KM.  Up and down and around the graveyard at 5KM, turning around to meet the stragglers on the way up the hill.  Poor old BK was shuffling.  She was as surprised to see me as I was her.

The day was sunny and the wind was mostly with us on the way back in.  Amazing mid-October weather.  The dirty hill at 8.5KM is seared into my memory as it was not expected.  The last KM was very fast but my race was already run and I didn't have enough to chase down the fella in front of me (3:58.8).  I passed one person in the last 6 KM and was passed by no one.  Again, I had hoped for a slightly better time, but it wasn't too bad.  I gave it my best shot but sub-42 still evades me this year.  Twelve ticks better than Loughrea 13 days before.  Met poor old BM limping in on my warm-down 2KM.  A man injured in action, walking the last 4KM.  I was partly to blame too ;-).  Good to meet him nonetheless. 

The soup afterwards in the Carna Bay was top class and very welcome.  The prize giving was top notch too.  The soccer in the background wasn't being tracked by anyone.  Robbie Keane's hat-trick against a team of nobodies wouldn't register in Carna this evening.  We didn't go back in by Tigh Kitt just in case we met that mad woman again, nodding in Pearse's direction while passing through Rosmuc on the way back through Maam Cross.  Thanks, RMCI.  42:18.

JAL - 21 October 2014.

Category: Race Reports

Martin Egan (Beagh) 10KM Race Result and Report

Mon, 2014-10-20 00:37

** Final Result posted **

The wind was strong, the rain was sometimes heavy, but the inclement conditions did not stop 65 hardy runners turning out for the Martin Egan Memorial 10KM in Beagh/Shanaglish today, Sunday 19 October 2014, the 5th running of the event south of Gort. 

The field included many fantastic athletes including Gerry Ryan, Gerry Carty, Conor Dolan, Mick Rice and Kieran Diviney, to name but a few. The recreational runners and walkers were missed by the organisers; all who togged out today were serious about their running and it showed.

The race was one by the aforementioned Gerry Ryan (Craughwell AC) in a fantastic time of 33:20. It was nice to see Gerry returning to racing after a 17 month absence.  Conor Dolan (GCH) was second while Colm Turner (Limerick AC) was third. Kieran Diveney was the first local man home for the third year in a row.

The women's race was won by Sinead Brody (GCH), Anne Murray from SGAC was second and Jean Forde was third. Ailish Whelan was the first local lady home.

Special thanks to Peter & Fiona Minihane of Supervalu, Gort for their sponsorship of the event.

The race director was happy with the attendance on such a bad day.  "It's very important to me to keep this race going in honor of Martin. I am grateful to all the runners who turned out today," said Margaret Walsh.

Full result is attached.

Colm Turner, Gerry Ryan, Conor Dolan - first three men home!

The real race...

Category: Race Result Attachments: 14martinegan10km.pdf

Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Championships

Sun, 2014-10-19 18:52

The Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Championships took part in Sligo on Saturdy, 18 October.

The results can be found here.

Category: Running News

Full results from recent Galway Cross Country Championships

Fri, 2014-10-17 00:50

Day 1 is here @ Loughrea (Sunday, 5 October).

Day 2 is here @ Tuam (Sunday, 12 Cctober).

Congrats to all athletes who competed (successfully or otherwise) but also to both clubs who hosted days, each of which was a hugh success in its own right.  Finaly, to the people who took the entries, and produced the results, a special thank you.  These sets of results can stand tall with any set produced throughout the county/country in 2014!

Category: Athenry Club News

Moylough 10KM Result and Report

Tue, 2014-10-14 10:17

A very fine afternoon greeted the runners for the 4th iteration of the Moylough (North East Galway) 10KM on Sunday (12 October).  A good quality race ensured with 22 of the participants breaking 40 minutes, including our own Ronan 'Speedy' McCarthy, for the first time.  Very warm congratulations to him on this fine achievement.  Some PBs were recorded by others in the club, including Mark Hannon who was until very recenrly worried about breaking 40, and who is now down into the 37s!!!!!

Our own Bernie Mulryan was third in the senior women's race, while it was also great to see old timers like Tony Killarney, Thomas Porter, Tommy Joe Whyte and Roger Rushe still make their way around the course in one piece.  They continue to be an inspiration to all us younger runners!

A final word from the organiser, Linda Mellody:

"Another successful event on Sunday 12th, North East Galway 10k held its 4th Road Race.  130 runners showed up on the beautiful sunny day in Moylough, with athletes having a great race and some new names on the winning sheet.  Check our our Facebook page for more information and images of the race here."

The full provision result and prizes are attached!

Ray Somers and Damien Larkin, second and third on Sunday!

P.S. Moylough are now the proud owners of an outdoor bowling green, at the race finish libe, perfect for former runners to wind down into retirement.  I'm hearing that Vincent Conway of EGAC has already joined the new club there now that his new knees are on the mend ;-).

Category: Running News Attachments: 14moylough10km.pdf

Carna (Conamara) 10KM Result

Tue, 2014-10-14 10:04

A beautiful day out in Carna on Saturday evening last (11 October) for the 4th running in their popular 10KM Road Race. 

Congrats to all the organisers on a very well organised event, with the refreshments coming in for especially high mention afterward, in the Carna Bay Hotel, a hope, step & jump from the start/finish line.  If I get a better bowl of soup all year, I'll be surprised.

Well done to Alan O'Brien on a fine time.  A Garmin Connect analysis of the course is here.

The full result is here.

Category: Race Result

Ruthann In Chile

Thu, 2014-10-09 22:02

Our resident ultra loving adventurer Ruthann Sheahan is currently in the depths of South America taking part in the Atacama Crossing, a 136 mile self sufficient race across some of the most inhospitable terrain in the world & the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert. In her own words, a seven day self catering holiday. In our words, simply bloody amazing.

Course description from the race website;

‘The course of the Atacama Crossing takes competitors across a wide variety of terrains and includes approximately 3,500 meters (11,500 feet) of ascents and descents over the 7-day race.

Starting at above 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) in the Arcoiris Valley, the race gradually descends over the six stages to finish in the pretty town of San Pedro de Atacama at an elevation of 2,400 meters (7,900 feet).

Competitors will tackle sand-dunes, river crossings, gravel, loose rocks, hard packed earth and even waist high grass during the event. This is in addition to the infamous salt flats that even the most dexterous of runners find nearly impossible to cross at full-speed.’

Ruthann is keeping a daily blog which can be viewed here. I'm sure there will be a fantastic report to follow on her return home.

Category: Running News

Weekend Round Up

Mon, 2014-10-06 10:52

In what has easily become one of the busiest weekends for racing on the running calendar over the last few years we had groups of runners in action across multiple races on Saturday & Sunday.

Top of the pile was Dee Grady who ran a brilliant 2.13.11 in the 30k Human Race in Limerick on Sunday. On a windy day & with a hilly course Dee finished as 3rd female to add another podium finish to her achievements.

As always we had a large group in action in the Galway Bay Half Marathon & 10k on Saturday. In the 10k both Mick Duane & Kenneth O’Dea ran stormers to dip under the 40 minutes for the first time whilst Marguerite Wilson ran a 55.40 on her first 10k outing for this year.

Mick Duane                  -              39.42

Kenneth O’ Dea            -              39.53

Adrian Fitzmaurice       -              41.00

Peter Elwood                -              50.12

Miriam Wall                  -              54.26

Marguerite Wilson        -              55.40

Mary Duane                 -               56.14

Anne Hunter                -              1.01.43

We had a larger group going in the half with some brilliant performances, including two members who dipped under the 90 minutes. John Langan posted a 1.29.22 & narrowly missed out on a PB by 5 seconds whilst Pat McDonagh blasted his previous best out of the water with a 1.29.36 & a 6 minute PB. Paul Hegarty narrowly missed out on the sub 90 with a 1.30.49 but still gained a 5min PB but Sheelagh Earls & Marie Finn kept up the new PB trend with 1.50.48 & 2.03.21. Jane Mangan, Caroline Mitchell & Maria Hehir ran a 1.59.09, 2.08.39 & 2.11.20 respectively & Yvonne Dowling took nearly four minutes off her Connemarathon time with a 2.07.34.

John Langan                     -              1.29.22

Pat McDonagh                  -              1.29.36

Paul Hegarty                     -              1.30.49

Gearoid Rohan                  -              1.39.40 (Pacer)

Sinead Foran                     -              1.45.08 (Pacer)

Mairead Sullivan               -              1.49.31 (Pacer)

Jane Mangan                     -              1.59.09

Johnny O'Connor (remember him!) - 1.59.24 (Pacer)

Marie Finn                         -              2.03.21

Yvonne Dowling                -              2.07.34

Caroline Mitchell               -              2.08.39

Maria Hehir                       -              2.11.20

Only a few weeks ago Athenry AC fielded a large group of runners in Athlone for one of the flattest races in the country, the Flatline Half Marathon. Yesterday was a different story in Athlone as eleven members tackled the Athlone 3/4 marathon, possibly one of the few races around with practically no flat sections of road over nearly 20miles of running (at least it seems that way).

After a nice pacing gig (4hr marathon group) here last year I thought the route was nice & challenging but nothing out of the ordinary. After running a tempo session on it yesterday I have different feelings. Over the last year the final hill at 18.5miles somehow slipped my mind but after a slow walk up it yesterday (& a mix up with my nutrition) it is now burned into my memory forever more. I still managed a 2.31.18 but was left with questions to be answered in Dublin in a few weeks’ time.

Martin O’ Hara was first member home & finished strongly (trust me, I saw him disappear into the distance over that last hill) with a 2.28.59 & a seven minute improvement over last year. As ever Maeve Noone ran a consistent race with a 2.33.18 (13th female) & was followed closely by Siobhan Guinan in 2.34.44. In a rare appearance (without a bike ) Aonghus McGuinness finished with a 2.41.49 with Fiona Doughan next home in 2.46.20.

We also had a few former F4L’rs using yesterday as a long run in their prep for their first marathon in a few weeks. Cheryl Winston ran a 3.30.45, Majella Cummins a 3.35.17 & Caroline Freeney a 3.38.16.

Martin O’ Hara                 -              2.28.59

Kenneth O’ Hara              -              2.31.18

Maeve Noone                   -              2.33.18

Siobhan Guinan                -              2.34.44

Kieran Guiry                      -              2.36.51

Aonghus McGuinness       -              2.41.49

Fiona Doughan                 -              2.46.20

Maria Lambe                    -              2.53.35

Francis Leahy                   -              3.12.54

Cheryl Winston                 -              3.30.45

Majella Cummins              -              3.35.17

Caroline Freeney               -              3.38.16

Category: Race Result

Galway Cross Country Result and Report (UPDATED)

Sun, 2014-10-05 20:16

A great day in Loughrea AC's Bushfield complex this afternoon, Sunday 5 October.

It was the Even Ages (U-10 to U-18) and adult races.  Over 300 toed the line across the 12 races, with huge numbers in both adult races.  A full result will be attached when they are made available.

Many and sincere thanks to all in Loughrea AC who put on a superb show, AGAIN, with the course itself in outstanding condition & excellently appointed.  There were loads of tea and biscuits afterward in their new clubhouse for those who stayed around for the craic & chat.

The result is here.

Category: Race Result

Introduction to Orienteering

Tue, 2014-09-30 23:13

 Attached is a poster for an introductory orienteering event which is taking place in Galway on 12th October. There are plans to have another three similar introductory events in the Galway area over the coming months.


Category: Running News