Athenry AC News
For those looking to bridge a gap between The Streets and DCM then on 23rd August there is the Achill Half-Full-Ultramarathon. This is a race organised by highly experienced runners and race organisers and is a great running experience. Our own David Noone ran the full marathon last year and thought very highly of the race. His race report from last year can be found at http://www.athenryac.com/david-noones-achill-adventure. The race website is at http://www.achillultra.com.
Category: Running News
As always the club were huge supporters of the Streets with a huge 70 members taking part last Saturday (9 August 2014).
Top of the list was Ray Somers who ran a 27.55 for a new PB & 23rd position overall. He was followed exactly a minute later by Mick Rice who is clearly back on form after his troubles last year. We had six members dipping under the 30 minutes with Jane Ann Healy, Gearoid Rohan, David Meehan & Tomasz Kadzielawski also seeing 29.** for the first time whilst Drew Davison narrowly missed out for the second successive race with a 30.20.
There were PB’s dotted throughout the results with Sinead Foran, Pat McDonagh, Mairead Sullivan & Paul Hegarty amongst many others to post new personal bests. In particular Mairead Blake ran a stormer for a 35.17 & a big PB. Amazingly (or sickeningly – you choose), David Noone posted a 32.53 after running a marathon earlier in the day.
We had the long awaited return to the roads of Bernie Mulryan on Saturday with a 37.28; hopefully it will be a prolonged stay this time around. And fresh from his category placing in the National Half Marathon the previous Monday, Martin Keane ran a 44.15 but missed out on a prize this week as Tom O’ Connor posted a 43.17.
Mick Rice was our sole prize-winner on the night, taking 1st position in his age category whilst also being a member of the winning Corporate Team, Fidelity. Jane-Ann Healy was 5th woman home with a narrow gap of 15 seconds to a podium spot. With her steady progression over the last year a top three finish could well be in her sights for next year.
The race was won outright in 23.38 by Martin Fagan who, after his enforced absence from the sport for a couple of years, has shown he is right back in the thick of things of late. He beat reining DCM champion, Sean Hehir, by 24 seconds whilst Freddy Keron Sittuk was a further 8 seconds back in third. With such a stacked field it was also great to see some local runners in the mix with Matt Bidwell & John Greaney of GCH finishing in 6th & 9th respectively.
Crusaders took two podium spots in the women's race as Orla Drumm took the win with a 27.38 & Ilona McElroy was 3rd in 29.35 with Finn Valley’s Theresa McGloin taking 2nd in 28.59. Regina Casey, GCH, narrowly missed out on a podium in a spring finish with Ilona, finishing a second further back in 29.36.Race Result
Congratulations are due to the ever youthful Martin Keane as provisional results place him third in the 70 - 74 category in the National Half Marathon which was held in Dublin last Monday. Martin finished in a time of 2.05.10, just three & a half minutes off second place. Amazingly 1st place in the age group, Christy McGonagle, City of Derry, posted a fantastic 1.37.35.
At the top end of proceedings Mick Clohissey continued his succesful year with first place overall in a time of 1.05.55, beating his Raheny Shamrocks teammate Freddy Kerron Situk by one & a half minutes to take the title with Serguie Ciobanu placing third a further 30 seconds back.
The ladies race was convincingly won by Sarah Mulligan in a time of 1.16.03, over four minutes to her closest competitor Ailish Malone with Norah Newcombe completing the podium.
Full results attached below.Category: Race Result Attachments: national_half_marathon_championships_results_men_ind_updated.pdf national_half_marathon_championships_results_women_ind_updated.pdf
A great night in and around Carnaun last evening (Friday, 25 July). Thirty people lined up and finished on what was a very warm evening for a 10KM run. edenhill77 was there to capture the race - before, during and after - with his Flickr feed being updated as I write this.
James Corbett and his crew of helpers did a fine job of getting the race off pretty much on time and then having the burgers ready to eat by the time all the finishers had come through. The result was announced within 90 minutes of the race starting too!
Gearoid Rohan was first home and under 40 but was well under his handicap so didn't figure in the handicap prizes.
Overall winner and first AAC male was Pat McDonagh, who was a mere three ticks over his estimated time, followed closely by Ronan McCarthy (11 seconds) and Patrick Forde (22 seconds).
Mary Rohan was closest to her handicap, 34 seconds off her estimated time. Jackie Lynskey and Caroline Freeney were 39 and 46 seconds off their handicaps in second and third place.
There was an unusual situation in the non-AAC category where the only two outsiders tied, both finishing 39 seconds below their estimated time. They share the prize, Andrew Talbot (CRH) and Paul McDonagh (Maree AC). It was too dark for a re-run and we had no finish line technology ;-).
Onwards to the 5KM Handicap later in August!Category: Race Result Attachments: 2014_club_10km_v3.pdf