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Seven years of GCH Fit4Life - Happy Birthday

Fri, 2014-11-14 11:18

Bernie Kelly and her crew in GCH celebrated 7 years of Fit4Life in our neighbouring club last evening (Thursday, 13 November) at Westside Library.

Here's to the next 7, with Bernie continuing to lead from the back ;-)!

Category: Running News

What colour hat for Fields of Athenry 10km 2014?

Thu, 2014-11-13 20:23
Choices Red Blue Green Black Yellow Pink Orange

Connacht Adult XC results

Mon, 2014-11-10 21:37

Hard luck to Mary Kealy on her 4th place in the Masters Women!

Full results of both men's and women's league attached, as XLS.

Category: Race Result Attachments: connaught_adult_cc_results.xlsx

Athenry AC Fit4Life Charity 5k

Sun, 2014-11-09 23:09
Bernie Kelly receiving the female trophy on behalf of Cait Brett

After a week of torrential rain the race organisers were casting nervous glances at the forecast to see if waders would be the gear of choice for yesterday morning’s Athenry AC Fit4Life Charity 5k, but there was no need to worry as the morning dawned with some fantastically mild weather, perfect for racing.

The new race headquarters in the Athenry Primary Care Medical Centre was a hive of activity from early morning as the clubs Fit4Life leaders, taking on the race organisation for the first time, put their collective best foot forward & put on a fantastic event which did the club proud. By 10.00am, when race registration was opening, the lobby of the centre was easily mistaken for Griffins Bakery as member after member arrived with homemade goodies for the post race spread.

The F4L 5k is now in its fifth year & is set up to give new runners their first taste of racing. It is a race that is always well supported by the local clubs & this year was no different with the F4L sections of Tuam AC, East Galway AC and Loughrea AC out in force & as always a coach full from Galway City Harriers with Bernie Kelly at their helm. The second function of the race is to provide some very deserved fundraising to local charities & this year’s beneficiaries are Western Alzheimers & the Saving Grace Trust. Both charities were represented on the day with Noel Higgins of Western Alzheimers plus Grace & Katherine Kenneally of Saving Grace holding fort in race registration meeting & greeting the runners.

This year’s race was being moved from its previous home out in Newcastle to the town of Athenry, utilising the same route as this year’s 5k series, only this time in reverse, giving runners a nice downhill start & finish to the race. After a vigorous warm up led by club member Jane Ann Meehan, runners got under way at the Raheen Hurling pitches with little Grace on klaxon duties. Making their way down onto the new bypass they were led out from the start by Dara Dolan of Craughwell AC & Padraic Burke of Tuam AC, it would remain so to the finish line with Dara placing first in 18.57, 19 seconds ahead of Padraic in 19.16. Brian Sexton was third in 19.28 with George Livanos first club member home in 21.13.

The real racing was behind though as engraved crystal vases, kindly sponsored by Galway Crystal, were on offer for the first male & female F4L runners home. First prize winner on the day was Cait Brett of Galway City Harriers, placing as both first woman overall plus first F4L woman. Finishing 9th, she was one minute clear of the second placed lady with a time of 21.40. Justin Lane of Tuam AC was first male F4L with a time of 22.22.

Back in race headquarters the post race goodies were going down a treat. Our prize winners were presented with their crystals by our charity representatives & little Grace was presented with her own race medal as a memento of the occasion. Talk turned to the new route & organisation & it was widely agreed that the race was a resounding success on all fronts. Numbers were slightly down on last year but with the proliferation of races currently on the calendar, sustaining current numbers should be seen as a success.

Congratulations are due to the Fit 4 Life group on hosting a brilliant race & putting on a good show. The group put in countless hours during the year (as do the F4L leaders all clubs), helping people take the first steps on the road & giving fledgling athletes the confidence to take on their first race & more. Yesterday’s event was the icing on the cake as they could provide them with that first race experience & see the smile on their face as they crossed the line.

Well done to all & kudos also the countless members who volunteered their time & effort to make the event such a success for both the Fit4Life group & our two charities. Seven & a half weeks to the Fields 10k – Keep on running!!!

Race photos are available here.

Results located below.

Final image is of Bernie's Groupies:

Category: Race Result Attachments: athenry_ac_fit4life_charity_5k_2014_-_results.pdf

Athenry AC Fit4Life Charity 5k Results - 2014

Sun, 2014-11-09 01:34

Provisional results attached below.

Category: Race Result Attachments: athenry_ac_fit4life_charity_5k_2014_-_results.pdf

Eyeries 5M Result

Sat, 2014-11-08 23:21

Word has reached the news desk of an incursion of Athenry AC athletes down into deepest West Cork and have taken away some valuable booty in the process.

Congrats to Ray and Mairead!

Category: Race Result Attachments: 2014_eyeries_5.doc

Connacht XC Day 1 Results

Sat, 2014-11-08 22:08

Result from Connacht XC Day 1 @ Bushfield in Loughrea are attached. Congrats to all Athenry AC athletes who finished, let alone placed well, but especially Jane Ann Meehan who was second in the women's ace and Mary Kealy who had her first outing in Athenry AC colours there.

Conditions had much deteriorated from the Galways at the same location a month before.  Colder; much wetter; much, much slippier.

The organisation was top class from the local club & county, from the logistics, to the clubhouse, to the man with the computer cranking out results ;-).

Our men's team

Category: Race Result

Introduction to Orienteering

Sat, 2014-11-08 01:17
Category: Running News

Corofin 8KM Result

Tue, 2014-11-04 21:41

Provisional Result attached!

Congrats to Bernie Mulryan who was second woman home and to Darragh McShane whose "home" race is this event and who was 8th on the road.

Category: Race Result Attachments: corofin8km2014result.pdf corofin8km2014prizes.pdf

DCM 2014 *Updated*

Wed, 2014-10-29 23:44

After a DCM 2013 that brought huge success for the club many members were turning up for this year’s edition of the Dublin City Marathon with lofty ambitions. But on a day that brought soaring temperatures (for October) & strong gusts, coupled with a new route that most people found taxing, those lofty ambitions were lowered for many on a tough day out in the capital. That’s no slight on our members as it was clear that this year’s race became a war of attrition for many entrants as PB targets were shelved with many people happy just to finish this year. So in seeing so many struggle, it makes it all the more impressive that some members still hit & exceeded those targets.

Firstly, huge congratulations are due to our two womens teams who will be picking up some National Championship medals for their performances on Monday. In the W35 category Mairead Sullivan lead the team home with a new PB of 3.24.39 & one of the standout performances of the day. She was closely followed by Deirdre Quinn in 3.24.43 with Maeve Noone soon after in 3.32.41. This was Dee’s return to the marathon distance since having her first baby & at the start of the marathon training cycle her main aim was to just get to the finish line. She did that, and some, for another fantastic performance. Together they claimed a silver medal in the National Marathon Championships team event & are rightly proud of their achievements.

In the W50 category Frances Leahy ran a 4.20.22 for a 2 minute PB & lead her team home with Martina Passman in 4.34.01 & Maire Treasa Beatty in 5.30.41 completing the trio. Together they collected a bronze medal in the team championships, finishing 15 minutes behind near neighbours Galway City Harriers. With significant times gains possible between this trio, silver & possibly even gold could well be within their sights should they wish to target it in the future.

National Championship Results

First members home for the club were Kenyan’s Lezan Kimutai & Peter Brandon. Ten years after winning the race, Lezan returned with a convincing performance to finish 8th overall with a time of 2.22.34. Peter found the going a bit tougher in his debut at the marathon distance, staying close to the lead pack until 30k he faded in the run in & finished with a still impressive 2.33.26 & 18th position.

Next home was Mick Rice in a 2.49.13, hitting his target of a sub 2.50 but narrowly missing out on a National Championship medal, finishing fourth in his category. It’s a welcome return to his beloved marathon distance, this being his second marathon of the year after a long absence & he is definitely on his way back to challenging his 2.44 PB. Joining Mick in the sub 3 bracket were Ray Somers with a 2.53.06 & Lyall Guiney, 2.58.21. Great performances by all three with a 40 second PB for Ray & a sub 3 marathon from Lyall off a four week training cycle.

In her first marathon in an Athenry AC singlet Roseanne Trehy did herself & her new club proud with a 3.34.15 & a 20 minute PB. Just rewards for some consistent training this year. Joining her with new PB's were Pat McDonagh, 3.23.21 & a 10 min PB plus Sheelagh Earls, 3.59.32 & an 8 minute PB.

We had plenty of members taking part in their very first marathon this year with 10 of the 47 members crossing the line making their debut. Ronan McCarthy, who received a last minute call up finished with a 3.54, impressive considering he hadn’t previously run further than 16 miles.

Mary Rohan & Angela McManamon were regularly seen together in recent months, pounding the roads around Athenry in preparation for their first outing in the marathon & they both hit their target of a sub 4, crossing the line together in 3.58.04 whilst Caroline Freeney & Cheryl Winston finished just either side of the 5 hour mark on their debut (and after previous comments about this being a once off I personally heard Caroline say she'd get the baggage claim right 'Next Year'!!! - It's addictive Caroline).

We had more debutants with Aidan Madden, Enda Fox, Angela Sweeney & Brian Burke all taking part for the first time and experiencing the highs and lows that a marathon can put you through.

Stalwarts Martin Keane & Peadar Nugent completed yet another Dublin City Marathon, finishing with a 5.05.56 & a 5.30.41 respectively. Walking this year on doctors orders (his 35th consecutive Dublin City Marathon), Peadar entered with a target of 5.45 & ‘still having a few thousand finishing behind me’. He easily hit both targets with over 1100 finishers behind him & many more DNF’s on the day.

For those members who were chasing the small improvements on already impressive times it turned out to be a tougher day. Our sub 3 chasers, Gearoid & Jane Ann, crossed the line in 3.04. Maybe not what he wanted but still a big PB for Gearoid. Pat Forde agonisingly missed out on a PB by 20 seconds with a 3.14.34 but with the on course conditions thats easily a PB performance regardless of the time.

Our 3.15 & sub 3.20 chasing group of Chris Deakin, Kenneth O' Hara, Martin O' Hara. Jim Leahy & Pat McDonagh all fell foul of the tough conditions and barring Pat McDonagh who posted a 3.23.21 for a PB, all struggled home well short of their best.

Congrats to all members who took part this year. On a tough day when seasoned marathon runners commented that they had never seen such attrition everyone made it to the finish line. Some hit their targets; some didn’t but all agree it’s still one of the top events of the year & not be missed.

A big thanks also to those members who made the trip up to support the club. Whilst we may not show it at the time, those shouts of encouragement as we are flagging in the latter miles really do help & don’t go amiss. It’s great to get the support & long may it last.

Members Spreadsheet

Athenry AC Listed Results

Full Results

Category: Race Result

Reflections on DCM 2014 *Updated*

Wed, 2014-10-29 12:14

Apologies for the delay in this as I had web connection issues yesterday. A full report to follow but for now I've enclosed some reports from our members on this years Dublin City Marathon.

Caroline Freeney:

Delighted to now be a marathon runner, the atmosphere was fantastic as was the support. The last few miles were harder than I'd expected, I cried a little at mile 23 because I'd missed the 22 mile marker and was so happy to see it say 23 not 22. A lot of people were walking around me the last few miles and it took a lot to convince myself not to join them, delighted I didn’t. What a great sense of achievement! It's all thanks to the club of course; I would never have thought it possible without.

I have great admiration for all of ye who come back every year for more.


Maired Blake:

The Dublin marathon started off well for me, my knee was holding up & the crowd were fantastic. I met Caroline, Yvonne and Marie all shouting great support. I was doing around 8.30 minute miles at that stage.  But I hit half way & it all changed as I felt my legs get tighter. I said ‘I’m just going through a rough patch it will pass’ so I slowed down (under 9 minute miles) and kept going for another 5 miles. 

It really started to get hard at mile 18 and for the first time I stopped to walk, thinking I could take a break and get back into it. So I started up again and nearing mile 19 stopped again and nearly cried but a lady gave me a jelly and patted me on the back so I went another bit. 

From mile 20 (9.53 minute miles) I stopped a good bit but by mile 21 (10.51), the s**t had hit the fan. I remember looking at one point that I had an hour and I could do it under 4 hours but every time I would run my legs felt like I was going to pull something and would have to stop again. Along the way I saw Frank and Owen, experienced runners. they knew my days were numbered. Angela, Speedy and Mary passed me on the route trying to encourage me.   I passed Pam holding out a bottle of coke and a bag of sweets for me and all I could do was shake my head, if I injected them into me it would not make any difference. 

Mile 22, 23 and 24 I was averaging just under 11 minute miles.  When I thought things could not get any worse mile 25 with a 12.07 minute mile. I had lost it all, I had joined the Walking Dead and at mile 26 the pacers for 3.50 powered passed. I passed Jane Mangan on the way and I could not even pretend to run a bit and just kept walking her face said it all trying to encourage me on.

The final 800 meters I was going to forget about the s**t run and power home. I was doing it for my son John, I gave it my all.  I felt I was running through quicksand and at a pace of 10.27 minute miles my best effort, sweet Jesus even John would have passed me out.

I passed the finish line 4 hours 6 minutes and was brought over to the barrier and I cried or I tried to but no tears were coming so felt a bit stupid standing there trying to cry so thought things must not be that bad if I can’t even shed a tear.  As I walked on one of the helpers, an older gentleman,  just looked at me and gave me a hug. I moved on and collected my medal and then my t-shirt.

Love my t-shirt, love my medal and loved all the brilliant support that got me to the finish line and on to collect my medal. Dublin marathon done, Thanks Be To God.


Angela Sweeney:

This was my first marathon experience, alot of disabilities going into it and against Doctors advice I went ahead and I’m  glad I did it. As long as I had my little bag of biofreeze, voltoral gel, nurofen, paracetamol and compeed plasters around my waist I knew I would be fine and finish. Was comfortable up to mile 11 when I had my first pain relieving pit stop, trainers and socks off and sort relief for nerve pain, shoes back on and set off again. Had 7 more stops before the Finish Line to do the same. From mile 23 it was a killer with plenty of walk breaks. I enjoyed the whole experience from the feeling at the start line, high fives to the kids and supporters, the shouts for Up Athenry and encouragement to keep going, the Craughwell supporters rooting for Athenry, the jelly/sugar offerings, the impossible hills but most of all the super feeling of seeing the Finish Line in sight. For me this was a race not about time but determination and spirit to enjoy the experience and finish in one piece despite the challenges I had. Finished in 5:23:19 and I know if I did not have to stop and sit down on pavements to undress(!!) along the way I would have been under the 5 hours. 


Cheryl Winston:

Can't believe I actually have a medal for running a marathon!! To say I am delighted is an understatement. I used to pass runners and think to myself "I wish I could do that" not thinking for one minute one day I would!! 

My first experience of DCM wasn't as good as I wanted it to be I must admit - from mile 17/18 it started to go downhill and not in a good way.  Will I do it again? Yes! Hopefully with a better experience :0-)

The reason I joined Athenry AC was to meet people from Athenry. Coming from Scotland I knew no one, and I must say everyone has been extremely nice/helpful on advice tips etc. I have to give a special mention to my running buddy Caroline Freeney, she was the one that encouraged me to run DCM and I am glad she did.


Ronan McCarthy:

I could write a 10 page essay but I'll give you a brief synopsis....

First marathon, short notice, no long runs done, no time targets, no expectations, no idea what was ahead......These were all pros, and cons in their own right as I headed for the start line at 8:30am. The first 32kms was one of the most enjoyable experiences I've ever had in my lifetime, cheering crowds, high fiving kids, great weather, a nice even pace that I was sure I could maintain until the end. 

The last 10kms was one of the most excruciating painful experiences I've ever had, the legs had stopped working, my left knee decided it was no longer to be used as a knee and my stomach was cramping so hard I was bent over the bonnet of a car at one stage trying to breathe. I had gone from smiling from ear to ear and high fiving kids, to avoiding everything that moved and talked for fear of expending the last bit of energy that would get me to the finish line. 

When the line finally came in to sight it was heaven. I had pretty much been reduced to a rag doll with 500 metres to go but heard a familiar roar of " Go Speeds" from the barriers, my long suffering fiancé. I managed to shuffle across to give her a kiss and then turned back for the finish line; the crowd was so immense and emotional that I actually burst in to tears about 20 metres from the line. The last 10km had been all about just making it back, but looking down at the watch and seeing 3hrs 54mins I must admit brought a small smile to my face. 30 minutes afterwards I was asked what I thought.......... "It was my first and last marathon, glad I've done it, another one ticked off the list but never again". 

24 hours afterwards I was asked what I thought..........."It was my first marathon, not exactly ideal preparation but so glad I did it, can't wait to go back next year".


Martin Keane:

It hurts me to write anything about Monday's race as I really had a very disappointing run but what annoys me most of all is not being able to transfer what I'd done in training on to the race day. I stopped somewhere after 17 miles and could never get going again and yes it hurts like hell watching everyone pass you by, especially runners that your capable of beating.


Jim Leahy:

Terrible, crashed in to a guy at the first water station at mile 3 after he stopped in the middle of the road and I was completely winded. At mile eight a guy stepped in front of me and knocked me over. After that I got a stich at mile 10 which lasted for the rest of the race, I found it hard to drink and couldn't take any gels. I got to the finish line and collapsed and was hauled off to the medical centre so it was an interesting day. But that's an end to 2014, rest for 2 months now and hopefully 2015 will be better. Frances finished in 4.20 which is a 2 minute PB. It was very hot for marathon running, very few PB’s.


Chris Deakin:

It was another unsuccessful attempt at a good time in Dublin for me but the disappointment has passed already and I can't wait for next year. I was going for 3:15 but cramps arrived in both legs at 21 miles and I shuffled home with all the grace of the pirate with wooden legs from Family Guy. A spectator saw my pirate impression and offered to give my leg a quick rub down. I took the offer and told her that the other leg was bad as well so she called someone else over to work on that one. So now I'm standing on the side of the road with two random strangers trying to help me get to the finish line. There's just something about Dublin. I finished in 3:30:50.


Brian Burke:

My god! I was well on course for my +or- 4 hours at the 3/4 mark. It all went downhill at the uphill around mile 21. I'm just glad I finished my first marathon even if it was 33 mins over my target time. Oh well, there's always next year...


Patrick Forde:

It was hot and humid but I was very happy with my race even though I was just outside my PB. Delighted for all club members who completed their first marathon and also for those who ran great times. For those whose day didn't fully go to plan - not to worry - your club is there for you and don't think that you are ever alone. We all will take something from the day but it's the good moments that will linger.


Jane Ann Meehan:

Ok really, disappointed not to crack sub 3 but the three loo stops didn't help! Legs felt very strong once the above was dealt with and last 2miles were as fast as first. Onwards we go. Support was fabulous.


Aidan Madden:

It was a day of mixed emotions, 3/4 of the race went well, at one stage I was thinking about when I should push on!!! The last quarter was a nightmare (cramps, dodgy tummy, dizziness which lasted for most of the day, the heat and so on), it took 1:17 for that final 10k. To see the 3:20 pacers disappear in to the sunset & to watch the 3:30 & 3:40 pacers gallop pass you in those final miles was tough. No words can describe this. To all those that said not to run with an injury, don't take prescribed painkillers before or during a marathon (a very stupid decision), to slow down in training, stepped up miles too quickly, there is another race other than Dublin, and many many more..... It goes against my better nature to say, ye were right. On the other hand, I have a PB, completed first marathon, a few weeks of rest & physio coming up (at the moment, the latter frightens me more!!!!) Plenty of points above for wannabe runners on how not to do things over the last few months. A special thanks to all for those many tips over the last few months, well the ones that I listened to!!!!!!! Already looking at when the next one is coming up.


Maria Hehir:

Well done to all, it was a very humid day and yes a lot of people were falling over. Unlike most of you who had been focusing on DCM I was happy tipping away at doing half marathons this year and hadn't planned on DCM. So when an acceptance letter came in my door 3 weeks ago I was surprised. During a conversation with Paul while out training the OTRA gang one morning he was telling Esther and myself that the Hughes Family were attempting to break the largest family entry to complete DCM. 31 members were taken part and he would like if we could go up to support them. ‘Sure’, we said, thinking we would be on the side lines. Ahem, how we took that up wrong! 
So when the letter arrived I had just 3 weeks to train, I increased my mileage and got to 15 and 2 x17 miles managing to do a small bit of damage to my foot "plantar fascia". I thought there is no way I'll do it now, but as the day drew nearer my head had other ideas & sure enough I found myself there on the day. I was to be in the 1st wave but pulled back. I had set my watch to a very slow easy pace between 10-11 min. To get through it I knew I would have to. The first 18 miles I was happy with, tipped along nicely but at mile 19 my foot started to play up so I slowed down a little at this stage. I was surprised to see so many people walking and struggling; a little relived it wasn’t just me. In the last 3 miles I met up with Esther, she too had an injury and had never run a marathon before. She was also doing it in memory of her sister who passed away a year ago. She was struggling too, we dug deep and gave it what we got and we were so glad to see the finish line. It may not have been one of my greatest times but it was one of my greatest achievements and it was lovely to cross the line together and to see my family there waiting.


Kieran Guiry:

Felt grand up to 17 or 18 mikes then the lack of proper training and going out at a pace that was unsustainable in the conditions hit hard. Struggled home in 3.35 and change. A reminder to respect the distance.  Great club support as always on the course.


Kenneth O’ Hara:

I wasn’t as psyched coming into this race as for previous but I still felt I was good for a PB. The plan was for an average 7.30 pace for the first half & push it on for the second if I was feeling ok. I never felt ‘In the Zone’ and the park was tough but the wall of noise in Castleknock got the adrenaline pumping & things started to flow a bit better.

I eased back on the hills & picked it up on the downhills & by 8 miles I was delighted to see an average pace so far of 7.30. Bang on, even though I felt like crap. Back out of the park for the last time & into Chapelizod for another wall of noise & some great support from Athenry members (It’s amazing the adrenaline boost you get from the support).

By the time I got to Kilmainham I was looking forward to the next roar from the crowd to get my adrenaline fix but when I passed through the crowd & my body didn’t respond a few doubts started to creep in. I got to 11 & felt I was labouring but my average pace was still 7.30 so I figured I’d be OK. I kept telling myself ‘the first half is the tougher half’. Just after 12 miles I suddenly became dizzy & nauseous & had to stop & sit down. I was a bit weak & it took a couple of minutes to settle myself. I jumped back in as Dee, Maeve & Siobhan were passing but only lasted a half mile further before I had to stop again. My head was swimming with my tummy swimming in the opposite direction. From there on it was a run / walk strategy.

They say you learn from your bad races but all I can take from this is that I know I can grind out a result when things go pear shaped. My head never dropped & I kept telling myself, it’ll pass, keep going. When it did pass around mile 23 I was practically home & I just coasted in to enjoy the fantastic crowds.

3.53, over 30 minutes slower than hoped but happy to finish. Not sure what went wrong but after seeing the carnage in the second half of the race I don’t feel too bad.


Claire Forde:

Training was going really well and I was feeling good until 2 weeks before DCM when I got a stress strain injury out on my last long run. Physio and 10 days of complete rest was required to get to DCM 14.  I was still a little sore, the niggle was still niggling but I hoped it would hold out - with the help of Nurofen.

Started Monday morning and felt good.  Ran 10km under the hour and was holding a steady pace. Half marathon was just over 2 hours and was still feeling good.  I was still ahead of the 4.10 pacers at this stage so I was very happy.
However, around mile 15 the pain came and even more pain killers did not ease it.  I started to walk / run shortly after that as it was easier to walk and the pain was not so bad.  I met lovely people out on the course walking also; a lot of them had reoccurring injuries.  We all had the same goal at that time - just finish the marathon! I could not get over the amount of people sitting being treated by medics. At one medical station they had a row of chairs outside an ambulance and each one was full with injured people - I felt lucky at least I was still moving.  I don't know if it was the heat exhaustion, but it appeared that there were more people walking home than running!

Congrats to all on completing DCM 14 and a sincere thanks to all who came out to support and cheered us on - all the words of encouragement and the flat coke and jellies!! It was one tough day out there but I finished it with my son Michael holding my hand crossing the line.  A memory I will hold forevermore!

Category: Running News

If you think you are beaten, you are...

Wed, 2014-10-22 21:25


If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don't,
If you like to win, but you think you can't
It is almost certain you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you've lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow's will
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are
You've got to think high to rise,
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins

See here for more inormation on this poem by Walter D. Wintle - courtesy of Martin Keane, who is running Dublin next Monday.  He also ran in the second ever Dublin back in 1981 and has run at least 12 of them inbetween.  Legend!  Not forgetting our other co-president, Peadar Nugent, who is participating in his 35th (THIRTY FIFTH) consecutive Dubin City Marathon.  Double legend.

Category: Running News

Out The West - Marconi & Carna

Tue, 2014-10-21 23:26

20 September 2014

The race director's invite to go out and run Marconi had been standing for two years.  I eventually moved my schedule around to get out.  Race 32 of 2014.  Got a lift with AT; just the ticket, literally.  A lovely morning in Clifden to collect my number.  Then back to Roundstone and the Gurteen Bay start.  A whole lot different from the storms earlier this year, when most of the road where the start was located finished up in the sea :-(.  Met TH in AAC garb there.  The race started soon after 11AM and we made our way into Roundstone village, where there were a good few locals out to greet us.  The wind was up and I was already sweating hard.  Out the road to the turn for Clifden and a route I'd never been on before in any form.  T'would be a totally new experience from here on out!  T'was...

There were 6 or 7 men and women ahead of me, with the 1:30 pacing group already slipped well into the distance.  The next five miles would be an up-and-down 'Chinese Torture' with some strange sights along the way.  I was dead and buried by 10 miles, and was burnt toast over the last three KM, which I just finished in under five minutes per KM average.  I mightn't have looked too bad but I was fried.  Three or four passed me too.  The finish was a relief, more so that I was still in the 1:38s.  I thought I was in better shape but it wasn't to be, on what wasn't a gimme day for running.  Running a sub-21 in Killeenen less than two days before probably didn't help?  A brilliantly bright September day with Clifden looking its very best.

A nice medal awaited, which I will always appreciate.  After walking around in a daze for 30 minutes, I was packed into the car to be carried back into Galway.  I meant to call into the excellent Clifden Bookshop before leaving but didn't have the energy.  The next time for sure.  Thanks, TK!  1:38:16.

11 October 2014

Again, a race that I've had a standing invitation to for as long as it's been running, which is at least three, if not four, years.  Race 35 for 2014.  I was driving this time, taking AT along for the drive.  My good deed for the week.  Things were going well and we'd be in Carna in fair time for the 4PM start.  We passed RnaG and drove through Leitir Mór and were well outside the village before the penny dropped: we weren't on the road to Carna.  The clock was ticking loudly now.  3:15PM for a race that started at 4PM.  S***e on a s***k!  We were nearly 15 miles out of our way and still had 20 to go from RnaG to Carna.  In 45 minutes?  Suffice to say, that after picking up a mad local and taking her to Tigh Kitt, and hitting a few "speed bumps" a bit harder than was good for my poor Passat, we got there around 4:04PM.  AT ran up to the start line shouting, "Tá se an teacht!"  I don't think they believe him though, as they were about to start as I was jogging up the road, throwing off my tracksuit.

The race started about 15 seconds after I got to the start line.  My first KM was my warm-up.  I found my pace well enough after that.  Passed a fellow AACer I didn't know around 2.5KM.  Up and down and around the graveyard at 5KM, turning around to meet the stragglers on the way up the hill.  Poor old BK was shuffling.  She was as surprised to see me as I was her.

The day was sunny and the wind was mostly with us on the way back in.  Amazing mid-October weather.  The dirty hill at 8.5KM is seared into my memory as it was not expected.  The last KM was very fast but my race was already run and I didn't have enough to chase down the fella in front of me (3:58.8).  I passed one person in the last 6 KM and was passed by no one.  Again, I had hoped for a slightly better time, but it wasn't too bad.  I gave it my best shot but sub-42 still evades me this year.  Twelve ticks better than Loughrea 13 days before.  Met poor old BM limping in on my warm-down 2KM.  A man injured in action, walking the last 4KM.  I was partly to blame too ;-).  Good to meet him nonetheless. 

The soup afterwards in the Carna Bay was top class and very welcome.  The prize giving was top notch too.  The soccer in the background wasn't being tracked by anyone.  Robbie Keane's hat-trick against a team of nobodies wouldn't register in Carna this evening.  We didn't go back in by Tigh Kitt just in case we met that mad woman again, nodding in Pearse's direction while passing through Rosmuc on the way back through Maam Cross.  Thanks, RMCI.  42:18.

JAL - 21 October 2014.

Category: Race Reports

Martin Egan (Beagh) 10KM Race Result and Report

Mon, 2014-10-20 00:37

** Final Result posted **

The wind was strong, the rain was sometimes heavy, but the inclement conditions did not stop 65 hardy runners turning out for the Martin Egan Memorial 10KM in Beagh/Shanaglish today, Sunday 19 October 2014, the 5th running of the event south of Gort. 

The field included many fantastic athletes including Gerry Ryan, Gerry Carty, Conor Dolan, Mick Rice and Kieran Diviney, to name but a few. The recreational runners and walkers were missed by the organisers; all who togged out today were serious about their running and it showed.

The race was one by the aforementioned Gerry Ryan (Craughwell AC) in a fantastic time of 33:20. It was nice to see Gerry returning to racing after a 17 month absence.  Conor Dolan (GCH) was second while Colm Turner (Limerick AC) was third. Kieran Diveney was the first local man home for the third year in a row.

The women's race was won by Sinead Brody (GCH), Anne Murray from SGAC was second and Jean Forde was third. Ailish Whelan was the first local lady home.

Special thanks to Peter & Fiona Minihane of Supervalu, Gort for their sponsorship of the event.

The race director was happy with the attendance on such a bad day.  "It's very important to me to keep this race going in honor of Martin. I am grateful to all the runners who turned out today," said Margaret Walsh.

Full result is attached.

Colm Turner, Gerry Ryan, Conor Dolan - first three men home!

The real race...

Category: Race Result Attachments: 14martinegan10km.pdf

Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Championships

Sun, 2014-10-19 18:52

The Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Championships took part in Sligo on Saturdy, 18 October.

The results can be found here.

Category: Running News