Athenry AC News
Results from tonight's 5km in Claregalway.
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Results from tonight's race
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1. How long have you been an Athenry AC member? June 2010.
2. Briefly, what started you running? I was very overweight and was getting absolutely no exercise. I have arthritis as well and the extra weight and lack of exercise was making it worse. Decided one day to get out the door and try going for a run. Haven’t looked back since.
3. What shoes do you train/race in? Right now I’m back in Saucony Omni for training but I’ve used Brooks Adrenaline and Asics GT2000 series as well. For racing I use either Saucony Fastwitch, although I find the new ones very unresponsive or else the Adidas Adizero Tempo (my favourite)
4. What piece of running gear/apparel is your most prized possession? It’s got to be the Athenry AC Singlet. Its great to see so many people wearing it at the start line of races. Although I did have a ‘lucky’ pair of shorts for a long time. Sadly they are no more.
5. What is your favourite event/race of the year? For me it has to be the Dublin Marathon. It’s the big club event of the year and once the 5K series is over you can see so many people's attention switch to it. All the different groups getting together for the long runs. Not only it the atmosphere leading up to it so special but the whole organisation and support on the day is second to none. Even on the days where things are not going well, or indeed totally pear shaped the support on the course just keeps you going.
6. What event/race that you haven’t done would you most like to compete in? Would love to give the 100K in Portumna a go sometime and I have to get over to London one of these years for the Marathon.
7. What performance/race do you take most pride in? Connemara Ultra in 2014. First, and only, time going up to the distance. Had previously done a 50K in Portumna. It was something I had been thinking about for a couple of years and just decided to go and do it. Trained very hard for it including getting up to 2 X 22 miles per week for a couple of weeks with one of them loops down in Ryehill. Conditions on the day weren’t ideal to say the least but felt strong and stuck to the plan. Had hoped on a good day to get under 5:30 but managed to keep everything together over the last ½ marathon and signed off for a 5:17:20. Its also the only time I’ve managed to beat my brother in a race.
8. Is there any performance/race that you would rather forget? Oh there are so many. I think for most of us the days where things don't go to plan far out-number the days where everything goes right. I guess that's what makes the good days even better.
The big one though is Manchester Marathon just gone. I set myself an ambitious target at the start of the year of having a right good crack at a Sub 3. Training for the race had gone pretty well, it’s never 100% but I felt I was in with a shot of it of everything went to plan on the day. Worst case should have been well under 3:05 anyway.
After 3 miles though it was all over. Bad stomach cramps and a quick look at the heart rate showed it was up in my 10K range. Managed to hold it roughly together up to half way but after that it just fell apart totally. 2 hours 18 for the second half for a 3:45 finish
9. Where is your favourite place to train? I like anywhere around Athenry on the quiet roads. Love a lunchtime run from work out Claddagh and out to Salthill as well on the rare nice days we get. Also love a nice quiet recovery run around the woods in Monivea.
10. What type of training is your “favourite”? (Speed,Tempo,Short,Long Run,Slow????) They all have their place but the satisfaction that you get from really nailing a tough speed or tempo session is hard to beat.
11. Do you prefer solo or group training? Nearly always prefer to run in a group, for the chat on a long run and just to have someone to chase or keep ahead of on the tough ones. Sometimes a quiet solo run can be great though. Just you, your thoughts and the road.
12. What’s the funniest/strangest thing you’ve seen or heard on a run? Some of the funniest things heard would be from either Ray Somers or Patrick Forde and there’s no way they could be repeated here.
13. If you were to give 1 piece of advice to a newcomer to running what would it be? Enjoy it. The day we stop enjoying our running is the day we need to step back from it.
14. What injury has caused you the most problems since you started running? Luckily I’ve never had too many injuries. The only one that put me out for any length of time was a bout of shin splints back in 2014. Those were brought on by my own stupidity and thankfully have not been repeated. I suffer a bit from tight calfs and hamstrings but never enough to stop me. The foam roller helps a lot.
Thankfully the arthritis has only ever flared up a few times over the last few years.
15. Do you cross train? If yes what type? No. I keep saying that I must but I just don't seem to have the time for it. I do foam roll and stretch at home pretty regularly though.
16. What is your most embarrassing running related incident? Being passed in Dublin one year by a man wearing a mankini. Despite the rumors I can confirm now that it wasn’t Frank Burke.
17. Which club member would you most like to beat in a sprint to the line? Fergal Walsh. May as well aim high. Realistically though whoever is ahead of me coming towards the finish, especially if they are wearing an Athenry singlet. I’m just a little bit competitive.
18. Do you have a favourite current or past athlete that inspires you? ? I am a big fan of John Treacy, it’s hard to believe that he still holds the Irish Marathon Record given all the advances in training techniques etc.19. Which PB would you most like to break this year? The Marathon. It’s sitting there as by far and away my weakest PB despite it being my favourite distance. It’s time to put that one right. 20. Can you share the following PBs with us?....... Distance Time Where When
5km 18:59 Tuam June 2015
8km 31:37 Tuam Jan 2014
10km 39:51 Colmanstown April 2015
10 mile 1:05:56 Dungarvan Jan 2014
Half Marathon 1:27:16 Athlone Sept 2015
Full Marathon 3:11:45 Dublin Oct 2015Category: Athlete Profiles
1. How long have you been an Athenry AC member? A long time: I think it was 2001.
2. Briefly, what started you running? I hate to sit still and I couldn’t kick a ball out of my way so my options were limited.
3. What shoes do you train/race in? ASICS Gel Nimbus or Gel Cumulus.
4. What piece of running gear/apparel is your most prized possession? Don’t have one.
5. What is your favourite event/race of the year? Dublin City Marathon.
6. What event/race that you haven’t done would you most like to compete in? The Comrades Ultra marathon in South Africa.
7. What performance/race do you take most pride in? Dublin Marathon 2010 – 2:44:31.
8. Is there any performance/race that you would rather forget? I didn’t finish the Portumna 50km a few years ago. I was exhausted going in to the race having flown back from the US the day before. I was leading the race at about half distance when I decided to lie down and have a nap on the grass in the rain. I’m told I went from there to an ambulance but can’t recall much of the day beyond the first few miles of the race.
9. Where is your favourite place to train? The Fields of Athenry 10km loop. There’s no place like home.
10. What type of training is your “favourite”? (Speed,Tempo,Short,Long Run,Slow????) Long and slow. It gets you to a different place.
11. Do you prefer solo or group training? I love training in company. There’s magic in groups.
12. What’s the funniest/strangest thing you’ve seen or heard on a run? Just before the Helsinki 24 Hour Indoor Track race a few years back, Valerie Glavin and I remarked to each other on careful the organisers were being about litter. We had seen that they had placed large plastic bins at regular intervals around the track. It was later that we found out that they were the ‘vomit bins’.
13. If you were to give 1 piece of advice to a newcomer to running what would it be? You’re capable of so much more than you believe now.
14. What injury has caused you the most problems since you started running? Injured pride.
15. Do you cross train? If yes what type? Never used to. Now I swim, bike, do yoga, lift a few weights and do the odd spinning class. I’d like to do lots more and hope to do so later this year.
16. What is your most embarrassing running related incident? I’m genuinely hard to embarrass in a running context, having said that I finished second last in the national senior cross country in Sligo one year as the stewards were dismantling the course. That came close.
17. Which club member would you most like to beat in a sprint to the line? Paul Hession
18. Do you have a favourite current or past athlete that inspires you? ? My late friend Tommy Madden of Derrydonnell was and is my running hero.19. Which PB would you most like to break this year? My PB days are over. 20. Can you share the following PBs with us?....... Distance Time Where When
5km 17:09 National League Track Race June 2009
8km 27:26 Streets of Galway Aug 2008
10km 34:40 Fields of Athenry Dec 2010
10 mile 57:56 Craughwell March 2010
Half Marathon 1:16:09 Galway Bay Half Sept 2009
Full Marathon 2:44:31 Dublin Oct 2010Category: Athlete Profiles
Well done to the Juvenile athletes that competed on Sunday in the U8 nto U12 galway outdoors. Please find full results attached. U12 Sadbh Mc Donagh silver in hurdles and sprint bronze in long jump. Leonore Church gold in high jump. Liam Shaw gold in shot put. Mark O Halloran bronze in hurdles. U11 boys Aska Little and Cian McNelis bronze in 60m sprint. Senan Treacy and Aska Little silver in 600m Adam O halloran and Cian McNelis bronze in 600m. The u11 boys also got silver in the relay. Well done to all that competed for many of the U9 and U10 it was their first competition.Category: Athenry Club News Attachments: galwayu8-12trackfieldresults2016.pdf
The London Marathon was the reason I first ran a marathon. I remember watching in 2008 and finally thinking "yes, I'm going to do this." I promptly entered the ballot for 2009, didn't get in, and went to Edinburgh instead. I vowed then if I was going to do London, I'd get in on the good for age which I got in 2013 at Chester. With moving to Oranmore in 2015 I ended up deferring my entry until this year.
We flew out to London on the Friday before the race but didn't have time to get to the Expo until the Saturday. It wasn't the mad scramble that I'd heard (and feared) it might be, but my tip to anyone going from Athenry would be to fly to London City airport as that would make registration on your way into the city. The Expo was great and I stocked up on gels for the race and souvenirs for after (including a "My dad ran London" t-shirt for our elder daughter!)
On to race day, and my usual pre-race panic mode plus having to get from the far north of London to Greenwich meant I ended up at the start area with over an hour to spare on a chilly morning, But the assembly area was fantastic with tea, coffee and tents for changing. The atmosphere was beginning to build and over the PA system we could hear the Paralympic athletes and then the elite women's race being started off.
Finally it was time to hit the starting pens where the PA announced the elite men and the start countdown was relayed from the International Space Station (allegedly). Being in the good for age pen meant I was over the start line 20 seconds after the gun, not the 15-20 minutes you sometimes hear stories of. It's then out onto the roads. The first few miles have a lot of road furniture and dodging the traffic islands in among the mass of runners was a little crazy. After the three starts converge (around three miles) things seemed to settle down until we came to the Cutty Sark at about 10km where the noise from the spectators lined six deep was deafening. I was grinning from ear-to-ear and thinking "this must be what riding the Tour de France is like."
The crowd didn't really drop at all from there to the finish and there were so many cheers of "Come On Athenry" it was incredible. I'd set out aiming for a big PB, but by 30km was tiring and the last 5km were really tough. But seeing my wife and daughters at about 23 miles gave me a big boost to push through the drag through Parliament Square and up to Buckingham Palace, And then it's all about waiting until the 200m to go sign and digging in for the line.
One huge race ticked off my bucket list in 2:57:43.
Report: Adam LeadbetterCategory: Race Reports
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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