Athenry AC News
Last nights race was hosted by Craughwell AC. 88 athletes from Athenry AC (1 less than last week!) donned the maroon and white for the second leg of the series. A total of 732 runners completed the 5km distance. There was a significant improvement in the weather from last week with some sunshine making pleasant and perfect running conditions! The route remained the same as last year, starting at the school and taking us through the village before turning left at the bottom of the hill and looping around finishing at the bridge in Ballywinna. As in previous years there was plenty of local support to cheer and encourage the athletes along the route!
John Greaney GCH 16:12
Owen Byrne GCH 16:21
Brian Furey 16:24
Regina Casey GCH 17:36
Barbara Dunne GCH 18:18
Grainne Ni Uallachain GCH 18:36
Shaun's Bocquet, Craughwell AC 16:41
There was a great nights running from the club with a significant number of PB's! The first Athenry AC man home was Dave Meehan in 17:38 and the first Athenry AC woman home was Deirdre Brophy 19:16
PB's from the following...
Kevin Devane 23:12
Caroline Freeney 25:21
Caroline Moore 20:32
Majella Cummins 26:03
Ray Treacy 19:40
Kieran Walsh achieved his second PB of the series clocking 18:53, an impressive PB of 42 seconds!
Deirdre Brophy 19:16
Aoife Shaughnessy 23:27
Maeve Noone 21:21
Brendan Galvin 19:11
Chris Deakin 18:00
Marie Keary 20:41
Orla Sugrue 22:33
Fiona Doughan 22:03
Ronan McCarthy 18:47
Congrats and well done to everyone! And next week it's Loughrea!
Report: Anne LyngCategory: Race Reports
It's that time of the year again, the much loved Galway 5km series! For the past number of years the first leg has been hosted by Athenry AC. This year GCH kicked off the series by hosting the event in Ballybrit Racecourse. A cold and windy night but it was dry (with the exception of a few drops!) so we had very little to complain about! 727 athletes lined up at the racecourse to take on a variety of terrains over the 5km distance. There was a headwind which was challenging on parts of the one and a half loop course, a new route from 2014. It was great to see so many familiar faces returning again this year to take part in this popular event!
Philip Niland, Celbridge AC 16:55
Owen Byrne GCH 17:00
Timmy Glavey Mayo AC 17:09
First Athenry man home was Fergal Walsh finished 5th overall 17.24.
Athenry AC took the honours for the ladies as Deirdre Brophy sailed home in 19:39 finishing 53rd overall.
Caroline Whiriskey Loughrea AC 20:09
Martina Dempsey 20:14
Jerry Forde 32:17
Kieran Walsh 19:35
Hopeful more to follow!
Report: Anne LyngCategory: Race Reports
It all started in January when plans were being laid for the year. There was lots of chat going on of going to Manchester and I thought well it’s not a scenic marathon so if I am to do it I will have to train hard and race it. It fitted in with plans at home as nobody had any race plans for the first part of the year so it was my turn to put my own training first - so I had no excuses! The previous year I did the HR analysis with Matt Bidwell and got my infamous Zones. Many had such success with the HR training the previous year, it was obvious that this was the way to go – I knew it was going to be tough and would involve a lot of lonely long runs which is what prevented me using it before this (anyone that knows me know I love my long runs for the chat and the banter)
Fortunately I had a few great training buddies in Siobhan Mary and Angela (who was training for Milan) but unfortunately I never got to spend much time with them as these Zones were ruling the roost. Initially the long runs were tough but after 6 or so weeks they became more manageable and mentally not as daunting. A 2 minute pb in the Kinvara half helped with the motivation and confirmed that the training was working.
We headed to Manchester on the Saturday morning collected our numbers and spent the afternoon and evening carb loading – how much carbs can you possible eat in a day???
Marathon morning we were up at 6 and more carbs and of course lots of coffee – I had been off coffee for a week so not sure which I was more relieved about the fact that marathon day had arrived or I could again drink coffee – Yes like most runners I LOVE my coffee. Everything was very relaxed at the start line, no barriers you could go where you liked no queues for toilets – not like the bag drop where many got delayed and hardly made it to the start line – But we had our ever reliable and helpful team manager in the form of Jim Leahy who dropped our bags for us.
The race plan, thanks to Matt was to get to mile 5 in Zone 1 and after that do what you did in training which for me was low zone 2. For those not familiar with HR training we used to rotate our long runs every 2nd week between Z1 and Z2. Normally Z1 for me would be avg 8min miles and Z2 7.45s. So the plan was to average 7.45s for the full race and hopefully come home between 3.23 and 3.25.
So the start gun goes and we walk and everyone is wondering where the start line is – We were informed it was under the bridge so once we got to the bridge we started our watches and started to run then about 20secs later we see the start mat ahead and stop our watches to restart them again once we got to the mat
I knew it took me about 15mins to get into zone so I just ignored the watch and ran easy for the first two miles . The next few miles I kept it in low Z1 but the miles clocked by 7.23/7.22/7.23/7.10 and I thought shit this is too fast eventhough I felt comfortable, but I have enough marathon experience to know that it can all go wrong very quickly and the early miles are the dangerous ones. I decided to reign it in a little and try and keep it in Z1 but at the same time watching the pace - no point having a great half marathon!!!
At about mile 10 I hit Z2 and feeling comfortable or as comfortable as you can in a marathon. I knew the mile markers weren’t to be relied on so I just ignored them and followed the watch. Each mile clocked by and they averaged 7.30’s so I just kept telling myself keep this going till mile 22 and see what happens. Then I see the mile 22 sign and just think 4 miles to go – and I’m not dying yet so I can do it its only 4 miles!!!
I knew Jim was going to be at mile 23 with coke so when I saw the next mile marker a few minutes later I thought brilliant COKE and then I see the mile marker is 22 and I thought shit did I not just pass that but put it down to marathon brain and kept going. It must have been at this point that I checked my watch time versus my pace band (which was for 3.23) and I see I am ahead by a minute so had a little chat with myself 4 miles to go so even if I can keep it under 8 min miles I will make 3.25 which was the main goal. Just for the record it wasn’t marathon brain they did actually have 2 22 mile markers!
So I pushed on but the calves were getting tight and tighter and I thought right just keeping moving forward at a pace that the calves won’t cramp – then I see the finishing line which is a long run in or at least it seemed that way and I have a look at my watch 3.17 – what the f*ck – First thoughts were had I stopped the watch or when had I restarted it at the start line was I a mile down the road. Ok Maeve just keep going and you might get under sub 3.20 – Then I see the clock and see 3.20 but I knew I definitely had a minute to spare from the slow walk to the start line and there it is – 3.18 on my watch could I possibly have done that time - was it a mistake – Did I take a shortcut unknowst to myself – Distance on watch 26.46 miles .
I cannot put into words how I felt relieved to be finished but overjoyed with the time I stayed looking at the watch wondering what just happened there or was it a dream I was going to wake up from. Then Martin arrived in and I was telling him of my doubts and he stayed confirming that the time was right . But it was only when Mary relayed the viber messages and the times that I could relax and enjoy the celebrations and did we celebrate that night.
Fair play to Jane Ann she had dinner all researched and booked so all we had to do was turn up. Of course we were the last to leave the restaurant and the poor bar men were taking no bribes for extra drinks no matter how much we insisted . Its great to see that while everyone didn’t have an ideal day that night they all celebrated and had the craic . Any day we complete a marathon is a good day – times may not always go our way but its brilliant to be able to do it and even better with a group of friends.
And our dart farts champions for 2016 are – drum roll – Siobhan Guinan and Pat McDonagh – I’m saying no more ye will all have to come to Manchester next year to find out!!
Report: Maeve Noone
1. How long have you been an Athenry AC member? Since January 2013.
2. Briefly, what started you running? To keep fit.
3. What shoes do you train/race in? Have probably tried them all, brooks, saucony, mizuno but use Asics GT3000 now.
4. What piece of running gear/apparel is your most prized possession? has to be my watch.
5. What is your favourite event/race of the year? Kinvara Half Marathon.
6. What event/race that you haven’t done would you most like to compete in? Too many to mention but would like to run Great North HM in UK.
7. What performance/race do you take most pride in? Kinvara half marathon 2015.
8. Is there any performance/race that you would rather forget? Loads.....mainly marathon distance races :O
9. Where is your favourite place to train? Anywhere near the sea.
10. What type of training is your “favourite”? (Speed,Tempo,Short,Long Run,Slow????) probably speed.
11. Do you prefer solo or group training? Definitely group training although HR training is killing it a bit.
12. What’s the funniest/strangest thing you’ve seen or heard on a run? I saw something rather disgusting during the Manchester marathon, too gruesome to print so ask me if u really want to know.
13. If you were to give 1 piece of advice to a newcomer to running what would it be? Pace yourself.
14. What injury has caused you the most problems since you started running? I have had a few minor injuries, none seem to be re-occuring .....thanks to Jane Ann.
15. Do you cross train? If yes what type? Strenght & Core and Yoga.
16. What is your most embarrassing running related incident? None I can think of.
17. Which club member would you most like to beat in a sprint to the line?
18. Do you have a favourite current or past athlete that inspires you? ? Sonia O’Sullivan.19. Which PB would you most like to break this year? I would love to get sub 3.30 marathon sometime!! 20. Can you share the following PBs with us?....... Distance Time Where When
5km 20:16 Tuam May 2014
8km 34:43 Tuam Jan 2015
10km 43:06 Colmanstown March 2016
10 mile 1:14:41 Craughwell March 2016
Half Marathon 1:36:44 Kinvara March 2015
Full Marathon 3:30:29 Dublin Oct 2013Category: Athlete Profiles
1. How long have you been an Athenry AC member? The beginning of 2012.
2. Briefly, what started you running? I bought a bike to start cycling, I did some adventure races and realized I prefer running to cycling, so I parked the bike and concentrated on running.
3. What shoes do you train/race in? Brooks Pure Cadance for Road and Brooks Cascadias for Trail.
4. What piece of running gear/apparel is your most prized possession? My Salomon hydration backpack essential for long runs and days out in the mountains!
5. What is your favourite event/race of the year? Wicklow Way Ultra.
6. What event/race that you haven’t done would you most like to compete in? I'd love to run one of the American classic trail races like Western States 100. Or one of Europe trail races like Ultra Trail de Mount Blanc.
7. What performance/race do you take most pride in? My sub 3hr marathon in Portumna, I was a little happy after that race as you can see from the the finish line photo, thanks to Iain Shaw for capturing that moment.
8. Is there any performance/race that you would rather forget? Every 10k I've ever done. That distance has broken me so many times.
9. Where is your favourite place to train? Give me any mountain or forest trail to run up, especially Croach Patrick.
10. What type of training is your “favourite”? (Speed,Tempo,Short,Long Run,Slow????) long Runs.
11. Do you prefer solo or group training? A healthy mixture of both.
12. What’s the funniest/strangest thing you’ve seen or heard on a run? Some things cannot be repeated, isn't that right Mr Forde!!!!!
13. If you were to give 1 piece of advice to a newcomer to running what would it be? Run as slow as you can for as long as you can.
14. What injury has caused you the most problems since you started running? nothing too serious.
15. Do you cross train? If yes what type? I do strength and core class and I do some Thai Boxing.
16. What is your most embarrassing running related incident? I once got left behind by Frank Burke during a long run!
17. Which club member would you most like to beat in a sprint to the line? Ray Somers.
18. Do you have a favourite current or past athlete that inspires you? Ultra distance trail runners like Scott Jurek and Killian Jornet and also Irelands Eoin Keith.19. Which PB would you most like to break this year? Marathon. 20. Can you share the following PBs with us?....... Distance Time Where When
5km 17:54 Tuam 2015
8km 30:55 Streets of Galway 2013
10km 38:21 Athenry 2014 (And Top 50 finishers T-shirt, my pride and joy Ray)
10 mile 1:14:00 Craughwell 2016 (The only 10 miler i've ever done)
Half Marathon 1:28:14 Galway Bay 2012
Full Marathon 2:59:44 Portumna 2014Category: Athlete Profiles
Now in the 40th year, the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon took place on Sunday. 15,149 athletes ran the 26.2 miles (42km) through the streets of North West England. The weather was reported to be very pleasant. It was dry and the sun broke through the clouds throughout the race. A large contingent of runners travelled from Athenry AC to run as race organisers describe a "super fast course" and it is also considered to be one of the flattest marathon courses in the UK!
Steven Bayton, Hallamshire Harriers won the race crossing the line in 2:22:34, and a half minute behind Kevin Rojas from Brighton & Hove AC took second place 2:23:03. Nathan Kilcourse, Salford Harriers was third clocking 2:25:08.
Finishing 81st over all and winner of the ladies race was Kelly Crickmore of Stockport Harriers completing the distance in 2:48:04. Samantha Amend of Belgrave Harriers took silver in 2:52:07 with Anne Holyland from Wreake Runners finishing only 2 seconds securing third place in 2:52:52.
Athenry AC Results:
First Athenry man home was Gearoid Rohan finishing 137th overall getting a PB in the process 2:52:32. Jane Ann Meehan was first Athenry lady to cross the line in 2:55:32. Majella Cummins and Jacquie Lynskey ran the 2 person relay and Jacquie ran a PB 2:08:57 for her half. Caroline Freeney ran the marathon and achieved a 2 minute PB completing the race in 4:33:01. Another PB from Marguerite Wilkinson finishing the marathon in 3:53:37. Performance of the race has to go to Maeve Noone running a 9 min PB giving a finishing time of 3:18:52. In addition Maeve finished 8th in her age category. As a result of her outstanding performance Maeve has the honor of writing the race report which will follow shortly! Watch this space!
Congrats to all! Photos will be posted on FB!
Report: Anne LyngCategory: Race Reports
1. How long have you been an Athenry AC member? I joined Athenry AC in 2013.
2. Briefly, what started you running? My asthma was progressively getting worse so my doctor suggested walking or running. I absolutely hated both, as both involved a bit of effort but my friend Brighid Cannon called to visit the next evening and said we were signing up for F4L so it all went from there.
3. What shoes do you train/race in? Saucony Omni. I 'briefly' changed to another brand because I 'liked' the colour ( I know Jane Ann, say no more) and boy did I pay for it with shin splints.
4. What piece of running gear/apparel is your most prized possession? Well, I count her as my apparel as I race with Marguerite Wilkinson, she keeps an eye on the watch at all times as I panic if I think we're going too fast. She has brought me through many a race so I suppose you could say she is 'my most prized possession'….just running of course!
5. What is your favourite event/race of the year? The Streets of Galway every time. The atmosphere and crowds are just fantastic.
6. What event/race that you haven’t done would you most like to compete in? The ‘New York Marathon’ but I don't think that will ever come to pass. I've seen the qualifying times and I'm afraid I could only ever dream of doing one of those.
7. What performance/race do you take most pride in? It has to be the Athlone Half Marathon 2015. I beat my 1st half time by 15 minutes and enjoyed every minute of it. After doing Kinvara (see no.8) I honestly thought I wasn't cut out for anything further than 10k.
8. Is there any performance/race that you would rather forget? My 1st half marathon in Kinvara 2015. It was unbelievably windy that day which didn't suit my asthma and coupled with nerves it was a complete disaster from start to finish. I looked some sight at the finish line. Although, this year I didn't look much better either. I think Kinvara doesn't suit me!
9. Where is your favourite place to train? Anywhere really around the roads of Athenry.
10. What type of training is your “favourite”? (Speed,Tempo,Short,Long Run,Slow????) I love them all once I've finished but if I had to pick one it's probably Tempo.
11. Do you prefer solo or group training? Oh definitely group training. Anyone that knows me knows I never shut up talking so obviously, I don't like solo.
12. What’s the funniest/strangest thing you’ve seen or heard on a run? I have such fantastic running buddies that there is always a funny story to laugh about every Saturday morning….something funny happened to my husband out running one day but I'll let him tell that one when his time comes up for 20 questions.
13. If you were to give 1 piece of advice to a newcomer to running what would it be? Definitely join F4L. I couldn't say enough about the leaders that were there when I started, full of encouragement and patient with each and every one of us and it still remains the same today.
14. What injury has caused you the most problems since you started running? I've always had a few niggles with my back but I've certainly injured it this time! I had just completed my long miles for the Manchester Marathon and my back just went. I currently have a prolapse disc so cannot complete my 1st marathon next Sunday. I'm absolutely gutted but hopefully, there will another time.
15. Do you cross train? If yes what type? No, and perhaps that's why my back gave in but am starting Pilates shortly.
16. What is your most embarrassing running related incident? Thankfully, none to date.
17. Which club member would you most like to beat in a sprint to the line? As some of you may be aware I'm noted to be a 'little' bit competitive when coming to the finish line so it would have to be any of my running buddies but if I had to pick one of them it would be without a doubt Caroline Freeney. At a 'friendly' 5k last year I nearly tripped her in order to finish before her.
18. Do you have a favourite current or past athlete that inspires you? It has to be for me, Jane Ann and Mick Rice. I have never seen two people that just seem to glide when running. I would honestly stand out in the rain all day long to watch those two. Plus it goes without saying all they have done for the club as well.19. Which PB would you most like to break this year? Any of them…..I am a bit competitive!! 20. Can you share the following PBs with us?....... Distance Time Where When
5km 23:55 Galway Airport May 2015
8km 39:38 Streets of Galway Aug 2015
10km 49:30 Claregalway Aug 2015
10 mile 1:30:56 Craughwell Mar 2015
Half Marathon 1:51:52 Athlone Sep 2015
Full Marathon To Be Completed (Hopefully)Category: Athlete Profiles
1. How long have you been an Athenry AC member? Just over two years, Jane Ann convinced me to join during a physio session. I only said yes to try and make the pain stop…it didn’t!!
2. Briefly, what started you running? I was getting married in 2013 and I wanted to try and shift some excess weight beforehand. I was surprised how addictive I found running and have kept at it since.
3. What shoes do you train/race in? I always use Brooks Adrenaline.
4. What piece of running gear/apparel is your most prized possession? My Garmin Forerunner, if I forget it for a speed session I always go out too fast.
5. What is your favourite event/race of the year? I really enjoy the buzz of the 5k series as you always meet people at it that you may not have seen for a while.
6. What event/race that you haven’t done would you most like to compete in? Has to be the Dublin City Marathon. All you ever hear is such great reports about it, so it’s definitely one for the future.
7. What performance/race do you take most pride in? It would probably be my 5km PB in Maree in May 2014. It was my first time to go sub 20 min for a 5km, so it’s pretty memorable.
8. Is there any performance/race that you would rather forget? The Athenry leg of the 5k series in 2014. I had a poor finish to the race and it just annoyed me loads. I haven’t been a fan of the course since, but Speedy ensures me that the new 5k course is a thing of beauty, so here’s to Athenry 5k in 2016!
9. Where is your favourite place to train? Narin Strand, at home in Donegal. On a nice sunny day, when the tide is out, it’s just a beautiful place to run, you just totally switch off and relax.
10. What type of training is your “favourite”? (Speed,Tempo,Short,Long Run,Slow????) It has to be the speed sessions. It’s a great feeling, when you know that you have emptied the tank at the end of the session.
11. Do you prefer solo or group training? No real preference, quite happy to do a bit of both.
12. What’s the funniest/strangest thing you’ve seen or heard on a run? The strangest thing I’ve heard was whilst out running in Galway city. I was running on the footpath out at Galway Crystal one afternoon and you could quite clearly hear two people having their own workout in the trees beside the footpath!! Needless to say, I picked up the pace for a bit.
13. If you were to give 1 piece of advice to a newcomer to running what would it be? Join a club, it makes training so much easier and it improves your times so much.
14. What injury has caused you the most problems since you started running? I have a bit of a knee and a hip injury that is causing me problems at present, I’m hoping that it doesn’t persist for too long.
15. Do you cross train? If yes what type? Nope, unfortunately.
16. What is your most embarrassing running related incident? I took a gel a couple of miles from the finish of my first half marathon in Limerick in 2014. Unfortunately, the gel didn’t really agree with me, so I grabbed my medal as I crossed the line and headed straight for the wheelie bins. You can figure the rest out for yourselves!
17. Which club member would you most like to beat in a sprint to the line? Nobody in particular, just whoever I can see in front of me.
18. Do you have a favourite current or past athlete that inspires you? ? Sonia O’Sullivan, I just remember the air of excitement that was always around coming up to her big races.19. Which PB would you most like to break this year? I’d love to break my 10km PB and bring it down closer to the 40 min mark. 20. Can you share the following PBs with us?....... Distance Time Where When
5km 19:50 Maree 2014
8km 32:36 Streets of Galway 2014
10km 41:23 Claregalway 2014
10 mile 1:10:01 Galway (Kick Assphalt) 2014
Half Marathon 1:30:49 Galway Bay 2014
Full Marathon TBC :-)Category: Athlete Profiles
With the Olympics Games in Rio only months away, Galway sports fans will have the chance to spend an entertaining evening in the company of two of the legendary figures of Irish athletics in the Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry on Wednesday the 20th of April next at 08:00pm. Runners of all levels will have something to look forward on what promises to be a great night.
This FREE event is hosted by Athenry AC to mark the occasion of the launch of the Athenry AC Half Marathon which takes place on the 25th of June next in Monivea.
Editor of Irish Runner magazine since 1981, Frank Greally is a familiar figure to runners all over the country. A Mayo man by birth, Frank has lived a full life since the days he graced the roads around Ballyhaunis as a young man with his prodigious athletic talent. Frank broke the Irish junior 10,000m record in August 1970 in a time of 30:17, a record that stands to this day. He translated his outrageous talent for athletics into a scholarship at East Tennessee State University where he ran with ‘The Irish Brigade’ which included Neil Cusack, Ray McBride, Kevin Breen and the Leddy brothers, PJ and Eddie. Frank will be signing copies of his new book ‘Running Full Circle’ on the night.
Jerry Kiernan will also be a familiar figure to sports fans all over the country through his running, coaching and media work. As a young man in Listowel, Co. Kerry, Jerry had three stated ambitions. He aspired to being a teacher, he wanted to run a mile in less than four minutes and he wanted to be an Olympian. Remarkably, he has achieved all three of those ambitions during a long and successful career in sport. Amongst his many other achievements, he can count Irish records over both 3,000m and 2-miles, and a 9th place finish in the Olympic marathon in Los Angeles in 1984. Jerry currently coaches a number of the best distance runners in the country.
The Athenry Athletics Club invites all sports fans to join these two legendary figures and many other guests in conversation at the Raheen Woods on the evening of April 20th at 08:00pm for an entertaining evening of athletics memories and more.
Free tickets for the event are available here.Category: Athenry Club News