Athenry AC News
Tomasz Kadzielawski followed up last week's 5k win with another first place in the Castleblakeney 5k today, running a 18.39 in the process.
In the 8k race Ray Somers was 2nd male whilst Mairead Sullivan was 3rd female.
Full result and prizes is attached.
From the race organiser Vincent Conway:
The organisers of the Castleblakeney 8km and 5km Road Races wish to express their deep gratitude to everyone who helped to make the races this year so enjoyable.
Over 200 people registered to take part in these events with some 102 people finishing the 8k race and 87 completing the newly added 5km distance. The heat on the day made the going a little tougher than it might have been and the water stations made a welcome site to all runners and walkers.
The races were started simultaneously by Joe Cooney and Sylvie Linnane, two of the true greats of Galway Hurling. It was fantastic to see that a number of people travelled great distances to support the oncology unit fundraiser, with some from Kildare and the Aran Islands.
Personally I would like to thank anyone who helped in any way shape or form with the event. A special thank you to my good friend James Lundon who not only ran the race, but who then sat down to a laptop to help sort out results. Not an easy task on a hot day... To the Castleblakeney group for allowing me the priveledge of helping such a worthwhile cause. To our guests, runners, stewards, first aid crews, Garda Siochana and to everyone who stood out to support the runners I say Thank you. To those who made donations of any kind Thank You. and to all those who made sandwiches or brought treats well done and thank you.
Images from the events are now on Edenhill77!Category: Race Result Attachments: 14castleblakeney8km5km.pdf
It was a hard day at the office for David Noone in Belfast on Saturday as he competed in the annual Energia 24Hr Race. After struggling with his mind & body Dave stepped off the track after 11 hours with a total of 90k (56 miles) completed. He was in good company on the sidelines as last years champion, Eoin Keith, was amongst many top names who succumbed early on.
Results & report located here.Category: Running News
A dreary wet morning greeted the 4 Athenry AC members (Myself, David Noone, Ian Pomphrett and Drew Davison) along with the other 180 or so competitors in Kiltimagh on Saturday morning for Race2Glory. The task ahead: 17kms of running terrain comprised of road, trail, bog, river and a bloody big hill, and another 23kms of terrain on bike which also included another bloody big hill.Dave having completed the race a few years previous offered some sound advice..... “Yeah the first hill is a bit tough alright, kinda like Ryehill”.
Being just 1.7kms from the start Ian and I decided to jog down to the foot of it as a warm-up, “tough” it most certainly looked, “kinda like Ryehill” it most certainly did not. Already nervous at the start, the anxiety was increased when word filtered through that the race would be delayed as the ambulance had broken down and was blocking the road. Bad weather, a tough course, a broken ambulance, a beast of a hill.......PERFECT. We shook hands, said good luck and we were off.
The aptly named Spankers Hill split the field in to pieces, I could see Drew and Dave flying up the road and took a quick check over the shoulder to see Ian not far behind me, time to put the head down and dig in. The helicopter taking pictures from above proved a welcome distraction from what is a gruelling climb and we had soon reached the top and to my shock Dave was right there beside me. Either I was going too well or he was having a bad day.
Next it was through the bog. Being light helps here and I was also glad of hearing the story at the start line of someone losing their shoes in the bog the previous year, I had tied the laces extra tight as a result. One good thing about going up is you have to come down and the second half of the run offers some well needed respite. Back to transition and on to the bike; wind and rain are not your friend on a bike and we had both. Going up Craggagh Hill when it’s the dry is tough, in the wet it’s torture, the tyres do nothing but slip so you literally go nowhere. Once at the top it’s time to be brave, put the head down and hope you don’t end up in a ditch. It worked. Back to transition and the final run lay ahead, running is our game so it was time to pick off some of those big guys who had sailed by on the bike.
Just when you are getting into a running rhythm you are escorted by marshals in to the river, “Just waist high” they said, “It’ll be grand” they said.....at one stage I was almost up to my neck in water, it was just a case of getting through it without falling.
A word of warning for any future entrants; do not wear cycling shorts! I emerged from the river pretty much wearing a nappy and had to stop and ring it out a few hundred metres down the road.
It’s a pretty flat run from there and in to the middle of the town for the finish where there were Ice baths (bins), burgers & masseurs. I would have taken the massage but after coming out of the ice bath I had no feeling in my legs so figured it would be a waste.
There’s something about doing an event like this that makes you crave that dirty burger that you deprive yourself of in training and as I tucked in to my plain ketchup, Dave was loading the onions on to his, Ian was patiently waiting for the coleslaw to come his way and Drew was already half way through his in two bites. All 4 of us made it home safe and sound, good times all around but this was an event not about times, it was an event to be thoroughly enjoyed for what it is and that we all most certainly did.
As tough as it is, this is a fantastic event, the views (if you get a moment to take them in) are breathtaking, it is brilliantly organised and the locals support it with as much vigour as the athletes taking part. I’ve never seen so many water stations on a route and never heard so much encouragement from a crowd. They had braved the weather even more than we did and deserve a huge Thank You for doing so. Kiltimagh Race2Glory, THANK YOU! ................... We shall be back next year!
Ronan McCarthyCategory: Race Reports
Galway Adult Track & FieldCountyChampionships - 10th July 2014.
We arrived at registration in Dangan Sports track and signed up for 3 events. Both of us in the same category - Masters F35.
1st event - The High Jump.
Officials: Have you ever done this before?
Assumpta & Flora: Nope.
Officials: Now ladies, you need to be technically aware of the event you are taking part in.
Flora: Ah give us a shot.
Assumpta: Go on, we’re quick learners.
So down the bar went to 1 meter and with some advice on technique from the officials we took a few practice runs and found to our surprise that we were well able to jump! The competition started with just the two of us in it and so the bar was raised to 1m 5cm. Flora got over it first time. Assumpta however took two goes at it and missed, badly. Then with a bit of support and clapping from the bemused onlookers she managed to haul her ass over it! Then the bar was raised to 1m 10cm. Now 5 centimetres doesn’t seem like a lot but trust us… it was. A few failed attempts each and that was that, we called it a day and ran off to the next event shouting thanks for all the help to the officials who were obviously glad that we were on our way!
Results: Flora gold, Assumpta silver.
2nd event – The 100 meter sprint.
Officials: Ladies you’re 3 mins late.
Assumpta & Flora: Sorry, sorry. We’re good to go now. Do we need to use the blocks??
Officials: Well seeing as you’re Masters; no you don’t have to.
On your marks, get set – GO!! Well we couldn’t go far wrong with this event. Both of us knew how to sprint at least, even if we may have died towards the last few meters!
Results: Assumpta gold, Flora bronze.
3rd event – The Javelin.
Assumpta & Flora: How do you hold this thing?
Officials: For real like??
A few pointers from the officials on technique and the rules of the foul line explained and we took a few practice shots at throwing it. Flora kept ducking as if it was going to hit her on the head! Not really sure what that was about but confident we were capable of getting good results in this event, we confirmed we were taking part.
Flora’s first throw was long and landed correctly for a good throw. Except… she walked over the foul line. “No throw” shouted the official. Damn it.
The second and third were also no throws due to the way they landed so a kind official took her to one side and advised her to just stand at the line and throw it, making sure it stuck in the ground.
Assumpta had no real problems in this event. Once it was explained to her that she didn’t need to take a big long run at it (almost 10 meters!). She got 4 good throws in.
So it was down to the last throw for Flora to try and get a silver medal. With everyone standing by waiting to see if she could manage a good throw the atmosphere was tense, barely a whisper out of anyone. She walked up to the line, took a deep breath and flung the javelin in the air and low and behold it stuck in the ground! “Good throw” the Official shouted and with cheers and whoops of delight she jumped up and down and celebrated by hopping…. straight over the foul line!! “No throw” the Official shouted.
Results: Assumpta gold.
A very enjoyable evening was had. We can’t thank the Officials enough for all the support and advice they gave us and for allowing us to take part even though we were first timers for two events! And sure to come away with 5 County medals between us was the icing on the cake. Masters?? Of course we are!Category: Race Reports
It was a successful weekend on the roads for the club with two members placing first in races across the country.
In Portarlington on Saturday morning, Dee Grady ran a 3.20.19 marathon for a 16minute PB, 6th place overall & first female home at the Marathon des Escargots. Dee is showing great form recently & also had a podium finish & sub 19 5k in the Shannon Airport Runway 5k last weekend.
Closer to home today in the Barnaderg 5k, Tomasz Kadzielawski took first place with a time of 18.52 showing he is still carrying his good form from the 5k Series into the summer months.
In Kiltimagh yesterday we had four members taking part in the Race 2 Glory adventure race. Consisting of a 10k Mountain run, 23k cycle & 7k run, the weather conditions on the day made for a challenging event. Ronan McCarthy was first member home in a time of 2.08.15 & 17th overall with David Noone, Drew Davison & Ian Pomphrett all finishing under the 2.25.Race Result
A lovely evening (Thursday, 10 July) and some great performances by athletes from all over the county, and further afield.
Also, we were graced by the appearance of the dual World Weightlifting champion, starring in the High Jump of all things, AAAAAAAAAASSUMPTA FFFFFFFFFFFEENEY!
Final results are now attached.
I would like to thank all the athletes and officials who came on Thursday. Without either there can be no competition.Category: Running News Attachments: galway_track_and_field_results_day_2_final.pdf
Sinéad Tuohy was in action today at the GloHealth Junior and U23 Championships held in CIT. Sinéad tied for silver in the U23 High Jump with Emily Rogers (St Peters) with a jump of 1.60m. Gold was taken by Craughwells Catriona Farrell who jumped 1.65.
Congratulations Sinéad, and all the best for the National Senior Championships in a few weeks time.Category: Athenry Club News
The 10th Headford 8KM Road Race ran without a hitch last evening (Saturday).
The course is now seared into the collective memory of any road runner in Galway.
Starting on the dot of 7PM, it wound it way through the village and out on to main road to Galway, as well as the rolling countryside of Ballyrikard, Cloghanover, Clooneen (passing Campbells at 3.5KM), Liss, Deerpark, Racepark and back into town to finish near the village square.
Matt Bidwell of GCH won the race in 25:55 and had over four minutes to spare over second place Darragh McShane of AAC, who was just ahead of third man, sorry first woman, Jane Ann Healy (Meehan) also of AAC.
Over 250 finished the race and many retired back to the welcoming embrace of Headford GAA's complex for copious amounts of refreshments.
Eamon Walsh presented the prizes with the other race organisers/helpers including AAC's own Gary Doherty, John Devlin (GCH), John King and Fergal Flynn on hand. Fair play to all on an excellent show.
A full race result can be found here.Category: Race Result
Members turned out in force last night to congratulate Assumpta Feeney on her recent achievements of being crowned Double World Champion at the WDFPF World Single Championships in Dusseldorf.
For a relative newcomer to the sport Assumpta has made huge strides & her biggest win to date came at the start of June with winning lifts of 155kg (24.4stone) in the Deadlift Unequipped & 117.5kg (18.5stone) in the Squat Unequipped. She also narrowly missed out on another trophy, finishing fourth in the world in the Bench Uequipped.
In recognition of her amazing achievements the club presented Assumpta with a small gift to mark the occasion & everyone at the club wishes her huge success in the future.
Category: Running News
Please find attached the results from Day 1 of the County Galway Track and Field Championships.
Well done to Ronan McCarthy who took Gold in the Masters 200m and Masters Long Jump and also to Evan Quirke who took Gold in the Junior Long Jump.
If you have a query with regard to the results then please leave a comment and I will look into it.
Day 2 of the Track and Field Championships will take place at NUI Galway Dangan Sportgrounds on Thursday 10th July.
IainCategory: Race Result Attachments: 2014_senior_tf_day_1_v5.pdf