Athenry AC News
The marathon is the end point. When you get to the start line you’ve already won. 12 weeks of long runs, speed and core all culminate to a single day – a day in which, even then, all the boxes need to be ticked to produce what you think is anything near your form.
The lead up to this race was different to any other. Both of us participating meant lots of time juggling and long runs on separate days. Long runs were tough but enjoyable – banter during them unprintable! The 800 feet climb on the Black Road becoming an almost weekly occurrence. The bond our group, as in all others, was strong and the craic was good. The weeks flew around, the weather was beautiful, the long runs got longer and we grew weary but finally the taper came as the big day approached.
The photo on race morning is always a special moment - meeting familiar faces – and nerves relaxed a bit with the sense of all being in this together. The start line at last – well wrapped up as it was cold. The tension, the anticipation, the miles and miles of training all leading to this point. Then all of a sudden – we were off.
Around the first turn and there was David and the gang with the Athenry AC banner waving us off. I could feel his disappointment at not running but he will have another day. It was a beautiful morning. The first few miles were full of energy, chat and excitement. Experience told me to stay calm and relaxed and focused on the job in hand – to break 3.15. That meant keeping with the 3.10 pacers and not letting them get away.
On we went and the support was tremendous. Shouts of Go on Athenry from every corner was uplifting and I felt proud of being part of such a great club. But trouble came as early as mile 12. A nasty headwind and uphill on the Crumlin Road and I cracked. The 3.10 pacers disappeared into the distance and I couldn’t keep up. John Langan came up to me and asked was I ok. I told him I was fine and he pushed on. I wasn’t fine but could feel a slight recovery and on half way at 1.35 I put that scare behind me. Miles 14 to 20 were my most comfortable in the race. I concentrated on my form, my pace quickened; I hydrated regularly, and enjoyed my running. I met David again on mile 18 and it was just what I needed on approach to heartbreak hill. I hope to be of similar support to fellow club runners one day.
Finally up the hill to where my family were waiting at mile 21. It was a very emotional moment as I approached them on the turn onto the Stillorgan Road. The lift I got from that put a smile on my face as I knew all I had to do was keep this pace and I had my PB.
But marathon running doesn’t have a script and the last 5 miles of the race threw up a set of circumstances that I never envisaged and would never again forget. I struggled to maintain my pace and fell off a bit. Out of nowhere up came Kieran who was motoring. He went past me but roared at me to keep up. Twas make or break at this point. I gritted it and upped it again and came up to him and we ran together into town. The support was incredible. As we ran side by side shouts of “Work together Athenry “were everywhere. Then came Ken on the bike with flat coke which we shared. Thanks Ken. Don’t know where he came from but his help was invaluable. Kieran was still pushing and I was doing my best to keep up when the Athenry Angels of Mile 24 appeared. Dee even ran alongside us to make sure we had all we needed. I looked down at the bottle they gave me and it said to think of the reasons you run. And I ran. As hard as I ever ran, but Guiry was strong. He must have had more than coke because at mile 25.5 he powered on and I couldn’t keep up. Fair play to him for getting me this far but the rest was up to me.
The crowd was deafening on the last half mile. My legs and chest were burning and the clock seemed to go faster. Would I break 3.15? The tank was empty as I turned the last corner. One last push got me up them final few yards and I crossed the line in 3.14.03. A bit close for comfort but I did it! I met Kieran and the rest of the crew ahead of me and the craic was good. Everyone was delighted with their times and the hard work put into it finally paid off.
No, you can’t do this on your own. I would like to pay tribute to my wife – now a marathon runner herself – my three wonderful children and this great club. It’s on days like this and the lead up to them that memories are made. A big well done to all who took part in the race, in the training groups leading up to the big day and to the wonderful support crew on the day. All in all you made this day very special and one that will last in the memory forever.
Patrick Forde.Category: Race Reports
Athenry Juvenile AC Athletes put in some tremendous performaces at the Western Region Cross Country Championship for Uneven Ages, held at Creagh Ballinasloe on Sunday 3rd November. Our U11 girls got the day offf to a flying start when they won a silver team medal for Athenry AC, with Kaci Moran, Ellie Cronin and Chloe Quirke also winning gold medals with the Galway County team who finished in top spot. We also saw great running from Caitlin Mullen, Laura Kenny, Saoirse Healey, and Ciara Griffin, all of whom win silver team medals. Kaci, Ellie, Chloe and Caitlin all qualify to represent Galway in the All Irelands Cross Country Championship later this year. Super stuff girls -well done!
Our U11 boys were next up running the 1500 metre course. Calum Healy got off to a flying start and was very close to the front runners for the first half of the race. Fearghus Deeley continued his recent run of very fine form and finished strongly coming home in fourth place overall and leading the Galway finishers home, helping the Galway team to win the gold medal for best county team. Finn McIntyre , Adam Molloy, Darragh McNeillis, Geordan Mangan and Calum Holly also ran very well against very tough opposition. Most of these lads were running out of age and will have gained great race experience which will stand to them in years ahead.
Our U13 girls were in tremendously hard luck when they lost out on a team bronze to Ballina by a solitary point ( Ballina 80, Athenry 81). Caolfhinn Hennessy put in a powerful gutsy race to finish fourth overall, followed closly by team mate Sarah Gilhooly, both of whom win silver county team medals by being in the first six athletes home from Galway. Both girls have also qualified to represent Galway in the All Ireland XC finals later in the year. Katie Brogan, Aoibhe Deeley and Hazel Bichard also ran really well and almost pulled it off for the club team. Really well done girls - a great team performance that deserved a medal!
In the U13 boys race, the Athenry team of Brandon Lee, Christian Mullen, Ruairí Collins, Fabian Mangan and Aubrey O'Brien, took the bronze club medal with Brandon also winning a fine individual bronze medal after a tremendous battle with the 4th placed runner. Brandon, Christian and Ruairi also qualify to represent Galway in the All Ireland XC championship. Well done Guys!
In the U15 Girls race, Shannen Lee ran a great race over 3500 metres to take a fine individual bronze medal, which will compliment nicely the medal won the previous week in Craughwell in the U16 race. Well done Shannen!
Lots of pics of the days events have been uploaded onto the Athenry Juvenile AC facebook page.Category: Athenry Club News
Details of distances and course to be run next Sunday are given in the attachment below.
Best of luck to the 25 Athenry athletes making the trip to Ballinasloe, representing Athenty and Galway in the Connaght XC Championship. Three chances to win a medal in the one race - individual, club and county!
Course Details: ( see map in attachment)
Course has a main Lap ( A ) which must be completed in all races
Lap B and C is inclusive of A
Lap D IS ONLY LAP THAT TURNS AT GATE 1 AND is completed first before the main lap and is the big loop in reverse
Start : 182m from Start line to the start of the “ A “ lap.
176m from start line to the start of the right turn to lap D
Finish : From Gate 1 to Finish line is 192m with a 70m straight finish to the finish line.
AGE DISTANCE COURSE Actual Course
Under 11 1500m 1 lap of “ B” 1520m – Do small loop.
Under 13 2500m “ D” and 2 laps of “ A” 2566m- Do big loop first
Under 15 3500m “D” and 2 laps of “ C “ 3566M – Do big loop first
Under 17 Girls – 4500 “ D” “ B” and 3 “A” 4558m – Do big loop firstCategory: Juvenile Club News Attachments: pearses_course.pdf
Pictured above are Caroline Mitchell, Yvonne Dowling & Sinead Reilly who were celebrating a 40min PB, a 10min PB & a first marathon respectively. More photos located here.
A few days on now & the excitement is dying down but the elation is still there. Below are report's from Claire Forde & Aaron Turner and a few more reflections on the day from our runners.
I joined the club in June of this year to take part in the Jane-Ann sessions on a Tuesday evening in order to improve my speed; never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would participate in Dublin City Marathon 4 months later!! Wearing the Athenry AC bib makes you feel part of a team, and takes away the lonely feeling at a race as there is always another Athenry AC member there.
I ran my first marathon on Monday after deciding at the beginning of September that I would do it. When I started marathon training - Kellies 10 minute mile crew, the initial plan was to get around it in under 5 hours. When I broke the 2 hour in Athlone half marathon in September, then I hoped if conditions were good, I would aim for 4hrs 30mins in Dublin. I was delighted when I completed it in 4hrs 23mins,way better than I ever thought possible.
I enjoyed the training journey to the marathon so much. I met and talked to fantastic people on our early Saturday morning long runs. We had a great crew - Kellie (our leader) who unfortunately due to injury was not able to make Monday, Peadar Nugent (an absolute gentleman), Annette (the German who made sure we did not get lost in Esker!!), Marie Cronnelly (who also did not make it due to injury), Senan Coffey, and also those who just came out just to run with us, Sheelagh and Assumpta.
To meet up and get the photo taken on Monday morning was a great start to the day, it meant you met with fellow runners and joined the start line with them - took away the lonely feeling. The start was magical, I just felt so lucky to be there as two of the girls who I had trained with were unable to be there due to injury. They had the hard work done but unfortunately could not turn up for the prize.
I enjoyed the run through Phoenix Park so much and the cheers from the crowds were amazing. I caught up with Elaine Quinn at about mile 8 and we ran the next 10 miles together. She was brilliant, me being a first time marathon runner, I was going too fast and it was only because of Elaine that I finished where I did. She was running a consistent 10 minute mile pace. All we could hear was "Come on the Galway Girls" and "Up Athenry"
I got a bee sting at about mile 20, typical, but my left knee was beginning to give a little trouble at that stage so it was a case of which hurt the most!! Patrick's sisters and families were on mile 21 so that perked me up and gave me the incentive to stay going. The support from Athenry Members along the route was fantastic, thanks to Ann who took my hoodie and to all members for the cheers of support.
From mile 25 to mile 26 is a bit of blur. Ifelt totally disorientated, but kept going to cross the finish line in 4hr 23mins.
I was asked by a lot of people when I finished was I okay? I felt like I drank a few bottles of wine and definitely would not have passed the Garda test of walking a straight line!!! It was only when I came out at the end after a half hour, my son Michael ran up to me and said "mammy your lips are blue!!" I must have looked a funny sight. Thank God I had no mirror in my bag!! I got such hugs and kisses from my husband and kids it took away the pain in the body and made it all worthwhile. Patrick & the kids have been a huge support over the last 9 weeks - we will get back to normal living now!!
It is just sinking in now, 2 days on and after a dip in Loughrea lake on Tuesday night, what I have achieved. Patrick always said that there is a marathon in everyone, well mine is now out and done but I won’t say never again.
Wasn't sure what kind of form I was in for this one. My pace had improved over the last few weeks and having done a 30:16 in the 8KM in NUI Galway on the 12th I was thinking that a PB was achievable. Unfortunately it didn't turn out like that.
I managed to get fairly near the front at the start and was just behind the sub 3 pacers although it took me until the 2nd mile to pass them and I was running hard. Not really into my rhythm yet but kept thinking "it will come just keep this going". Into the phoenix park and I was starting to feel a bit better. Check my time at the 5 mile marker, sub 2:55 and a bit of change, good stuff don't relax now. Keep pushing through Chapelizod and under the bridge at mile nine. I've got the pace down to 2:54. Good, keep it going. Halfway point comes at 1:26:37. Some quick sums means if I can do the 2nd half in the same time it will be a PB but starting to feel this pace now. The good angel on my shoulder is saying keep it up to 18 and see how you feel then. The bad angel is advising me to slow down that I haven't got it today.
The support is great as always and the names on the numbers make a difference. Starting to grit my teeth now. Keep telling myself just one more mile just one more. Pace is falling, the PB isn't going to be today. Go through 20 and I'm trying to hang onto 2:55 but I know I've run my race. Down Nutley Lane people start moving past me. Have a bit of craic with one of the Garda's running it. He looks in rag state & I don't feel much better. I try to gee him up but he reckons the wheels have come off. 2:55 is gone now, I start thinking of just jogging it in. The bad angel saying you have sub 3 anyway enjoy the last few.
Brian Bruton roars out my name and it gives me a lift. I hear Ray O'Connor outside the RDS and I start to grit the teeth. "Come on lad no one said it was going to be easy" I get through 25 in 2:45 unfortunately that’s on my Garmin not the marker. Tell myself to empty the tank and finish strongly. Going down Pearse St I've quickened my pace now and start passing people trying to urge them on. A couple of lads stick to me and we are racing down around Trinity. One runner ahead has both arms in the air urging for support from the crowd, they respond with a huge roar & as we come onto Nassau Street the noise is deafening. I tell myself, one last dash and I'm home. I pick an Eagle AC runner ahead of me and make him my target. The 26 mile marker takes forever to arrive. 386 yards & I give it everything to the line. Finally it's there 2:55:55 & Job done! No PB, no sub 2:55 but’s it 4 minutes better than last year.
Now into O' Donohues's for a pint.
It was my first marathon, time was 5.29 & I am delighted with it. What a day it was, the support was fantastic from the club with thanks to Mairead and Jane for the extra support and push, my family must have been driving all over Dublin, I kept meeting them (I was blessed). The emotions, the pain, all worth the effort to cross the line :)
Many thanks for your support at DCM. I really appreciated it and was lovely to see a familiar face during the run - however I don’t think I was making much sense as I was getting pretty overwhelmed at the thought of finishing my first marathon. As a first timer it was great to have so much support from the club and I felt very proud to be wearing my Athenry colours.
I got very emotional towards the finish and Jane Mangan got me to the line and over it, she was super. Again, many thanks to all of the Athenry team.
Alas it didn't work out for me on Monday and being 34mins back on last year, it’s just hard to explain. I knew I wasn't going to get 4 15 again but at least I thought 4 30 was within my capabilities. To sum up, when the wheels decide their going to fall off the wagon, well then they will. It’s just disappointing (when it’s) the day you want everything to go right……..thanks for all the good wishes.
For the last 2 weeks I got it in to my head that if I got close to last years’ time or at least under 4 hours I would be happy. Got under the 4, just, but could have done better. I did not put in the effort I had put in last year, lesson learned & new target for DCM 2014. Thanks to all the supporters from Athenry and public in general for their encouragement, thanks also to Kenneth O'Hara for the freeze gel and flat coke at mile 23 when legs needed a kick start.
I had a great first half, even passed the marker for 4 1/2 out in the Phoenix Park. Then at mile 19 all the energy went. I had to take myself aside and give a good talking to. Then the above marker passed me out and I couldn’t keep up so I thought it would be over 5 when I would get in. I kept plodding along. No clue how I did until one of my family who was tracking me told me it was 4.39. I can tell you I was over the moon (10 min quicker than last year). My goal was to reach the finish line for Joshua and I did it. The support was fab. We could sell Athenry singlet’s with all the support we get wearing them. Thanks to all the Club members for all the support, Flat coke, and encouragement. You are a great bunch of people and I keep telling people the best thing I have ever done is join Athenry AC.Category: Race Reports
Athenry must have been a quiet and lonely town on the October Bank Holiday Monday as 43 members of the club turned up at the start line & what seemed like multiples of that figure turned out to support them in the 34th edition of the Dublin City Marathon.
After a very nervous week of weather watching the promised storm hooked off in an easterly direction & descended on the UK, resulting in a beautiful fresh Monday morning on the streets of Dublin, where 14,500 competitors lined up for the 26.2 mile journey around the capital city.
The club had members of all ages & experience on display with varying expectations but all with one main goal; get to the finish line. And they did it in style.
On my travels around the course during the day I came across Maeve Noone & her unofficial pacer, Jim Leahy, on multiple occasions. It’s safe to say she was ‘In the zone’ and seemed oblivious to what was going on around her (despite my loudest roars). Maeve has worked harder for this marathon than she has for any other & the work paid off with not just the sub 3.30 she craved, but a brilliant 3.27.17.
We had a large number of runners competing in their very first marathon and Senan Coffey, Martin Casserly, Darina Keating, Sheila Dunleavy & Liz Broderick all came home close together around the 5.27’s with Jess McKillop pulling away from the group & finishing strongly in 5.17.52. Further up the road we had Annette Minou & Sinead Reilly completing their first marathon in 4.39 alongside Yvonne Dowling who took nearly ten minutes off her time from last year. Whilst making a return to Dublin this year was Frances Egan who dipped under the 5hr mark with a PB of 4.57.47.
Of the more experienced competitors Ray Somers put aside his recent hip problems (plus his recent humiliating attempt at a Beer Mile) to run a fantastic 2.53.42, six minutes ahead of Frank Burke who saw the magical 2.59 for the first time. Kieran Guiry ran the race of his life for a big PB & even managed to win the head to head with Pat Forde over the last mile with a 03:13:34. Pat had no complaints though with a 2 min PB and a London qualifying time of 03:14:03. Kieran’s running twin Martin O’ Hara also gained a PB & dipped under the 3.30 mark for the first time.
There were some very impressive performances from the quartet of John Langan, Sinead Foran, Brian Somers & Siobhan Guinan. All taking part in their first marathon, they all managed 03.30 & below with John managing a sub 3.10. And I can jealously say I have firsthand knowledge that they were all too comfortable during it as at the 23mile mark they were still full of chat, smiles & waves. I’ll have some of whatever ye had please!
And what can we say about the ever present Martin Keane & Peadar Nugent who completed another Dublin City Marathon. Martin was 37th in his category whilst Peadar, 16th in his category & running alongside Maire Treasa Beatty for another year, finished his 34th consecutive (never missed one) Dublin City Marathon. Some achievement! It says something about both men that neither of them were overly happy with their times. That competitive edge never fades!
When you drill down into the results you begin to realise how impressive some of the times are considering that this isn’t just the National Marathon Championships but a race with 14,500 national & international competitors. Jane-Ann Meehan, 7th in her category. Sinead Foran, 10th in her category. Maeve Noone, 23rd in her category. Siobhan Guinan, 55th in her category. Mairead Sullivan, 79th in her category. Some pretty strong running from the Athenry women & they didn’t even have the two Dee’s in their ranks this year. The future is bright.
Not be outdone, the men put in some impressive placings. Ray Somers, 40th in his category. Aaron Turner, 56th in his category. Frank Burke, 66th in his category. Jim Leahy, 88th in his category (whilst on pacing duties!!).
There are many others too who weren't mentioned above but had no less impressive displays on the day (one with a PB of 40mins over last year). With 43 runners it's impossible to give everyone a name check here, although all are listed in the attached results.
A good day all round with most people hitting their targets and enjoying the experience. Below are some comments from club runners on their thoughts post race. When your possibly unhappy with your own time I think it’s good to learn how others perceived their own race strategy & result. My favourite is Chris Deakin’s ‘delighted to be disappointed’.
‘I finished in 3:36:36, which wasn't the plan (was aiming for and confident of going under 3:20) but it just didn't happen. I still really enjoyed the weekend though and there's always another marathon. I also reminded myself that not that long ago I would have been delighted with that time. So in a way I'm delighted to be disappointed with 3:36:36.
It was my 9th marathon but the first wearing an Athenry AC singlet and the support was unreal. The number of times I heard "well done/go on/come on/etc. Athenry" was incredible.’
‘...at mile 22.... my stomach was full of sugar and I merely used the bottles in both of my hands as mental crutches :-):-)
What great support and was so proud wearing the Athenry AC jersey. My time for this being my first marathon was Chip Time: 04:39, very happy with myself.’
‘This was my first Marathon and I just started running last March, joined the Club in April. My time was 5 hours 37 minutes. It was a huge challenge but the support along the streets of Dublin for the maroon and white of Athenry AC pulled me over the line. I was running on my own for most of the race but it never felt like that with the Athenry singlet on.’
‘Had realistic plan and a good day:
- Target 3:50 -> Finished under 3:48
- Negative Splits -> Ran a faster 2nd Half
- No walking -> 1 Toilet Stop (no walking!!)
It was a tough 2013 and marathon training was crammed into October .... but I felt comfortable throughout the race and finished happy.’
‘03.16.08...pb.....first one. Felt great all the way pretty much but obsessed too much in the lead up so gels & water all taken on board every 4 miles and it worked for me..in pain now though..’
‘First Marathon, everything went great, finished in 3 hrs 18 min 7 seconds. Delighted with that, didn't know how it would pan out with it being the first one.
The support from the Athenry AC members up there was amazing, it really did give you a lift and help you push on and keep going to the finish, really can't state enough how much the support helped.’
‘....the support was amazing, thanks a mil. I remember seeing Dee, Mairead and Jane at mile 24, I can vaguely remember Jane saying ‘will I run a bit with you’ and I looking at her with a blank face on me, don't think I even answered her, just kept thinking, put one foot in front of the other!! The support from the club was truly amazing, as I said to Dee today, I still have a lump in my throat when I think of it :)’
‘3.09.44, 8th marathon. Wheels fell off wagon @ mile 11 & spent the next 15 trying to convince myself it's only a few more miles! The difference between possible & impossible is what's between your ears... Delighted to finish & forget about it. Thanks for your cheers today....Onwards we go :)'
...Photos to follow soon. I think I have everyone in the results now but if I have missed anyone please let me know.Category: Race Reports Attachments: results_v.3.pdf
Just a short note to congratulate all of our members (39 I make it now) running in yesterdays 34th Dublin City Marathon.
A full report will follow soon, until then I have attached the results for the Athenry AC members, please let me know if I have missed anyone.Category: Race Reports Attachments: Amended Results Attached
Mike Tobin of Craughwell AC has compiled an excellent record of Galway Juvenile Cross country Champions for the past 10 years. Lots of Athenry Athletes are featured and it makes very interesting reading! Great to see we have added some more Athenry entries to the record in 2013. Click on PDF below to view.Category: Juvenile Club News Attachments: galwayjuvenilecrosscountrychampions.pdf
Good luck to all our juvenile Athletes competing in the uneven ages Connachts next Sunday 3rd November.
Details of venue are given below:
Connaught UN-Evens & Seniors XC Championships 2013.
AAI Roscommon in conjunction with St. Ronan's Athletic Club will host the Connaught UNEVENS & Senior league Cross Country Championships 2013.
Date: Sunday, 3rd November
Time: 1pm Sharp
Venue: Padraig Pearses GAA Club
Woodmount, Creagh, Ballinasloe, Co. Roscommon
(On the R446 between Athlone and Ballinasloe)
If travelling on the motorway from Athenry , turn off at the second Ballinasloe Junction ( Junction 14) and go on to the old Galway Dublin road (was N6 - now R446) on the east of Ballinasloe, and turn for Dublin. Pass the Birchgrove pub, a big pub with a thatched roof, and then take a left turn immediately thereafter.
The link above to padraig pearses GAA club shows a location map for the venue, very cloe to this turn.Category: Juvenile Club News
A number of Athenry juvenile athletes travelled to a wet and windy venue at Calry Sligo last weekend to compete in the Connacht Even Ages Cross Country Championship. All our athletes were representing Galway rather than their club as we did not have sufficient athletes to enter club teams. In the Connacht championship the first six finishers for Galway are awarded county medals if the county finishes in the top three, while the first ten finishers are normally asked to represent Galway in the cross country All Irelands held later in the year.
In the U16 girls race, Shannen Lee led the Galway team home and Galway took the team gold. A great performance from Shannen over 4000 metres running out of age.
Aisling Kenny and Sarah Gilhooly ran well in the U14 girls race, with Aisling finishing 5th and Sarah 7th on the Galway team. Both girls qualify to represent Galway in the All Irelands and Aishling won a silver team medal for Galway. In the U12 girls race our trio of Ciara Griffin, Aoibhe Deeley and Laura Kenny were all among the first ten Galway finishers with Ciara winning silver team medal by being the fourth Galway girl home.
In the U12 boys race Ruairi Collins and Shea Hennessy both ran well to finish in the top ten Galway finishers with Ruairi winning a gold team medal by being the third Galway boy home. Both boys qualify to represent Galway in the All Irelands.
First draft of results, subject to checking, are available below.Category: Juvenile Club News Attachments: Connacht Cross Country draft results
Best of luck to all our juvenile Athletes representing Athenry and Galway in the Connaght Even Ages Cross country Championship in Sligo on Sunday!Category: Juvenile Club News
The second running of the Gort RFC 10KM took place today (Sunday, 20 October) on a relatively flat course on the Tubber/Beagh side of Gort, starting and finishing in the Square in the town itself.
Congrats to Peter Minihane and his efficient crew of helpers on a well organised race, both before and after, especially their ability to keep the rain away, with it stopping just before the race started exactly at 2PM, and staying away for the rest of the afternoon.
Pride of place, from an Athenry AC perspective, must go to the achievement of newish member, Mark Hannon (to the left of the image heading this article with the cap) on his breaking 40 minutes for the first time, and with 18 seconds to spare too. I know there is a lot more in the chap once he gets going properly ;-). Philip Magnier won the over 60! I didn't know the man was over 50, let alone 60 :*).
A full provisional result is attached.Category: Race Result Attachments: 13gortrfc10kmprov.pdf
The first NUI Galway 8K took place in near perfect running conditions on Saturday 12th Oct.
After a couple of weeks of frantic preparation, all the pieces came together on the day with local charity Jigsaw benefiting from the proceeds.
A great turnout with almost 400 finishers, some of the usual suspects showed up to compete up front and throughout the pack for bragging rights and podium places.
This event was part of Nui Galways Alumni weekend and a big show of NUI Galway Alumni and Students and Staff made up over half the field.
The route took runners and walkers through campus up to Dangan and with a lovely run back along the river Corrib before a couple of twists and turns to finish outside the fantastic Quadrangle.
Up front Andrew Annett did his best to shake off Matt Bidwell, however Matt dug deep to overtake Andrew in the last 2k to have a few seconds to spare for his win. John Greaney of Galway Tri Club and Galway City Harriers on the way back from injury finishing a strong 3rd. For the ladies, Emma Donlon who graduated from NUIG 10 years ago returned returned to take 1st place from local GP and graduate Grainne Ni Uallchain in second and with her first race a fantastic 3rd place 3rd place to NUI Galway Student Ciara O Sullivan.
After their efforts on the traffic free roads through the campus, and the paths around Dangan and the river Corrib, refreshments were provided in the College Bar where chat and analysis were in full flow with a full house.
A special thanks to all the NUI Galway students, staff, alumni and to all the volunteers and people that made the event such a success. Jigsaw Galway a free confidential charity for young people with mental health issues was the fitting partner with everything coming together for a great day.
The word is already out that this should become an annual event. Well done to all. Results on http://www.redtagtiming.com/results/NUIG8km2013.pdf also attached.
Also see YouTube video here.
Barry Phelan - race director.Category: Race Result Attachments: nuig8km2013.pdf
The 3rd North East Galway 10k Road Race held on Sunday 13th October and attracted runners from various athletic clubs in Galway, Mayo and along with fantastic community support and race participation, it was a great day. Some photos and comments can be viewed on our Facebook page shortly.
I would like to thank everyone who helped out on the day in the planning and organising of the event. Without an active Community, what do you have?
We will be back next year and hope for more athletes & locals to support us.
Linda Cummins - race director.
P.S. Image of the two Athenry AC lads tying 10th in sub-39:
and of Ray Somers enjoying his second place at the finish:Category: Race Result Attachments: 13moylough10kmprov2.pdf
Following a Spanish winner last year, this year’s Conamara 10k had a more local flavour, with Athenry man, Richard Meaney coming home first in 38:19. First woman home was Barbara Bergin from Indreabhán, who was also the first F50 home, in a time of 46:30.
Indeed, it was a good day for vets, with a very strong performance by Martin McEvilly in the over 60 age bracket, who finished second overall in 38:35 after being neck and neck with the eventual winner up until the 9.5km mark.
The Conamara 10k, which is one of the most scenic road races on the Irish calendar, saw athletes leaving Carna village in the heart of the Connemara Gaeltachta and heading out over two islands before turning back for home on Mweenish island.
There were age category prizes for the over 40s, 50s and 60s, along with prizes for the first male and female local finishers, and cash and trophies for the overall winners. Along with being a chip-timed race, all finishers received a Conamara 10k t-shirt and were well taken care of after the race with soup, sandwiches, tea and coffee provided by the Carna Bay Hotel.
The race will be held again next year on October 11.
Rónán Mac Con Iomaire - clubtrisport at gmail.com - 087 2253197.Category: Race Result Attachments: conamara10km2013.pdf
East Galway AC held their annual 10km race in Moylough this afternoon in which Ray Somers put aside his recent hip troubles to place a credible second in 36.25, one minute behind Mick Fogarty of Athlone Tri Club. Tommy Joe White of Tuam AC made up the podium a further minute behind Ray.
Gearoid Rohan ran a very good sub 39 minutes but the big news of the day in Moylough was the return to competition, after a long injury absence, of our own Bernie Mulryan. It seems like she was never away as she placed 1st in her age category with a 45.56. It's great to see Bernie back running & I'm sure it won't be long before those times start tumbling again.
Elsewhere today TriSport held their annual Chonamara 10k in Carna. The results show a big number of local runners with the ever present Martin McEvilly (Vet60) placing second in 38.35.
Yesterday in the grounds of NUIG the Kingfisher Fitness Club in conjunction with NUIG Students Unions held their inaugural 8km in support of Jigsaw, a free service to support young people's mental health and well being. It was a very successful event with just shy of 400 finishers on the day. Matt Bidwell, Galway City Harriers, continued his dominance of local events with a 1st place in 26.30.Category: Race Result Attachments: 13moylough10kmprov.pdf conamara10km2013.pdf nuig8km2013.pdf
Siobhan Guinan has submitted a report on her part in the recent Galway Bay Half Marathon where she was a member of the successful womens team on the day.
What started out as a week I was not looking forward to training wise actually turned out to be quite eventful.
After our speed session on Tuesday evening I was approached by Jane Ann wondering if I was taking part in the Galway Bay Half Marathon and did I want to be part of their team, Jane-Ann, Ruthann and Sinead. I was a bit unsure as I would not be anywhere near the speed of these girls but I guess they would not have asked if they didn’t think I could do it. I decided I would do it as it would be great to be part of a team and by the looks of it, possibly a winning team.
The rest of the week went by quickly enough but by Friday I was a bit nervous. I am training for the Dublin marathon so I have the mileage done. but I was worried that I might not be quick enough. I had also taken part in the Athlone half marathon two weeks earlier and came out with a PB – but could I do it again?
We all met at Jury’s at 10.15 on the morning of the race for a warm-up, nice and easy. It started off a lovely morning, sun was shining but not too warm, there was also no wind whatsoever, perfect running conditions. We met up with some fellow Athenry AC members and Mairead Blake, especially, gave me a great pep talk (Thanks Mairead). All of a sudden we were off, I was very cautious not to go out too fast as this is a bad habit of mine. I kept a steady pace around 7:45min/mile & the run out towards Blackrock was perfect with nice inspirational quotes fixed on the street lights to keep you going. All good until we turned at the back of the caravan park for our route back in and there it was... the wind, so much for perfect running conditions. Along with the breeze the temperature seemed to have increased or maybe this was just me getting warmer and redder!! The wind seemed to be blowing against us the whole way back and then you have Mutton Island to contend with, definitely my least favourite part of this race. My pace was very steady, I kept an eye on my watch as I definitely did not want to blow out too early. Heading out on the second lap of the course, I felt good. It was more or less the same as the first time around with perfect conditions until we turned at the caravan park. To be honest I started to feel tired once we got back on to the prom but I kept pushing. I was not looking forward to Mutton Island but I got through it. I kept thinking, the girls would be already finished, and as I came out of Mutton Island there was Jane –Ann, pushing me on to the finish. With not a lot left in the tank I was delighted to finish with a PB by about 1 min from the Athlone half the 2 weeks previous and to top it off we were the first team home!
A final note to say thanks to Jane-Ann, Sinead and Ruthann for their encouragement and great performances on the day! :)
Edit: Siobhan is being modest here because what she forgot to mention is that the very next day she went out to Loughrea and also took home a bronze medal in the 10km Road Race County Championships in Loughrea.Category: Race Reports
It was another busy week for Athenry AC with over 30 members taking part in races across the country & further afield.
The fourth edition of the Athlone ¾ Marathon was held in Glasson on Sunday with 17 members toeing the line on a scenic but hilly course. Many were using this race as the last long run in their marathon schedules before they start tapering down their distances over the next three weeks. In wet & muggy conditions most found the going tough but were happy with their times & go forward to Dublin in a positive frame of mind.
Down south we had 4 members taking part in the Cork to Cobh race organised by the CBHAA. Again in similar conditions to Athlone all members were holding the pace back, with one eye on Dublin, and were happy with the day out. This race is a throwback to the races of previous years with manual timing & water stations giving out paper cups but at €10.00 for a 15mile race you will find it hard to get a better value race & is very well received each year.
The 2013 Galway Adult Cross Country Championships were held on Sunday & by all accounts a great show was put on by Loughrea. We had 4 members in the womens 4000m with Miriam Wall & Michelle Collins taking home silver & bronze medals respectively. In the men’s 6000m race we had 8 runners with Jim Leahy taking home a bronze medal. See sets of images from the event here.
Ruthann Sheahan decided to take it easy this weekend and only ran two marathons. On Saturday Ruthann & her partner George Livanos ran the Surf & Turf marathon in Wexford where Ruthann was first woman home (Third overall) in a time of 3:30. The following day she decided to break up the long drive home & ran another marathon as part of the Kilomarathon series of races held in Kilcock, coming first overall in a time of 3:32.
Further afield in the States our club Chairperson, Deirdre Hassett, is making good use of the warmer climate to keep up her off-season (triathlon) training, placing 3rd in the Olympic Distance Mermaid Triathlon in Capitola, California. Whilst on the other side of the globe I’ve been informed that the only racing available to Mick Rice in India is trying to stay ahead of the pack of feral dogs in his local park.Category: Race Result Attachments: athlone_3_quarter_results.pdf senior_cross_country_results_2013.pdf surf_and_turf_marathon_2013.pdf
Athenry Juvenile Athletes had a great day out at the Galway even ages cross country championship in the lovely setting of Loughrea AC ground in Bushfield Loughrea recently.
First up were the U10 girls where we had very strong performances from Sophie O’Brien Zoe Griffin Aoife Wall Sadbh McDonagh, Laura Scanlon and Leonore Church. We also saw very promising athletes in Aoife Guiry Eabha Rohan, Aishling Cronnolly and Roisin Morris. Well done girls!
In the boys U10, Fearghus Deeley took top honours closely followed by Calum Healy and Finn McIntyre, all of whom won medals. We also had very strong running from Aaron O’Connor, Dion Long and Daragh Gilhooley.
The Girls U12 scooped the silver medal for team performance with four runners finishing in the top sixteen – Laura Kenny, Caitlin Mullen, Freya Bohan and Saoirse Healey, closely followed by Aoibhe Deeley, Ciara McDonagh Danielle Collins and Jessica Reilly. Super stuff girls –well done!
Not to be outdone then the boys U12 team took the bronze team medal with Ruairí Collins also taking individual silver medal. Well done to Ruairí, Geordan Mangan, Adam Reilly Shay O’Connor, Callum Holly and Kieran Lyons – great stuff lads!
Athenry success continued in the girls U14 where the team took the silver medal – well done to Aisling Kenny, Sarah Gilhooley, Kathy Brogan, and Hazel Bichard who all ran really good races – well done!
In the Boys U14 event, Brandon Lee took silver while Christian Mullen also ran strongly to finish well up the field, while in the U16 Girls it was great to see Shannen Lee doing well and also taking silver.
Conditions were quite tough on the day with a strong wind blowing in from the west and some heavy showers. Thanks to Loughrea AC who as usual had their grounds in top condition for a very well run event.Category: Juvenile Club News