Athenry AC News
Results from BDN 10km - representing Athenry AC were David Meehan 36.17 (PB), Sean Flaherty 43.55, John Killian 43.54, Bernie Mulryan 47.46, Wojciech Musial 48.05, Eoin O'Sullivan 48.39, Philip Magnier 50.09Race Reports
20th Nov 2016, Portarlington, Laois.
Leaving Athenry Sunday morning it was minus 3°C and by the time we hit Portarlington the temperature hadn't risen, in fact it was now extremely foggy and felt colder. I had initially planned to run the half marathon but decided at registration to switch to the 10km as my training was a little haphazard and I was feeling under the weather... this had nothing to do with the cold conditions!
The organisers were fantastic, no problem switching on the morning. Both races started together which meant Esther who was running the half and I made our way to the start line, with teeth chattering to join the other 950 competitors.
After a loop of the town we headed out in the direction of Mountmellick . At the 7km mark the 10Km runners turned and headed back for the town. It was a great feeling to be on the home stretch as my feet still hadn't thawed out and I honestly couldn't feel the road beneath me. As the leaders looped back into town I realized I was roughly the 4 or 5th female. I’m thinking has the cold frozen my brain to a point where I was unable to count (Hello Mary this never happens).
As 8km I felt pretty strong and passed two of the ladies that had been in front. It was at this stage that I hoped my calculations were correct. Could I be in 3rd. All I had to do was hang on and get over the line. What a feeling and new experience to hear your name as you cross the finish line called out as the 3rd female home. As luck would have it I made the correct decision and opted for the 10k. A podium finish and a time just shy of my PB. It really was the perfect reward for our day out. And for the icing on the cake or in this case the gingerbread man, was Esther sailing home with a shiny new PB of 3mins. What a fantastic performance! While I didn't quite catch the gingerbread man, I did “Run as fast as I can”.
It is a very well organised run, very generous prizes and great refreshments with each participant getting their own delicious gingerbread man to be enjoyed guilt free. And to cap it all off, each participant received the most useful medal, it doubles up as a bottle opener.
Mary RohanCategory: Race Reports
Fit4Life 5km took place on Saturday 12th November. Race Director Anne Lyng and a strong committee of over 20 people plus an additional 30 volunteers organised this year's race. Now in its 6th year this event is specifically for members of Fit4Life although non members were welcome to run. For some this was the first time they ran 5km and for others their first race. Local clubs participated including over 30 athletes from GCH under the leadership of Bernie Kelly who has supported the event for many years.
The weather was perfect, cold but dry as 124 athletes ran 2 loops of the 5km route. Many athletes achieved their target finishing times as pacers were provided for various time intervals 26, 28 mins etc. Medals were received by all finishers followed by refreshments at The Surgery Athenry who provided their facility for the event. Proceeds from the race were donated to GAP (Galway Autism Partnership) who support families from Athenry.
1st Men Sean Fallon
2nd Peter Rabbitte
3rd Neil Johnson
1st Mariette O'Shea
2nd Ann Cormican
3rd Karen Hurley
If your New Years resolution is to start running, why not become a member of Fit4Life? Membership will be available from January 2017. We meet twice a week, Wednesday's at 7pm and Saturdays at 9.00am at the church car park in Athenry. We cater for walkers/joggers/runners and help everyone build up to a distance of 5km. Fit4Life leaders are runners themselves and they run with the group and offer advice and encouragement to the members. For further details please check out our website www.athenryac.com.Category: Race Reports