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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
U9 Boys Relays Sweep the Boards!
Last week culminated with one of the highlights of the athletics year for our younger athletes – the Galway U8-12 Track & Field Championships in Dangan, Galway. With over 180 athletes taking part from the club, to say it was a busy day for our coaches and athletes is a massive understatement.
The club had loads of success throughout the day, medalling in most events and everyone having a good time in the pleasant weather conditions. A big well done to the organising team led by GCH's Ger Nally and John Kilmartin - with over 500 athletes competing across dozens of events over 7 hours, its a hard one to organise without any hiccups and the day went extraordinarily well for the most part. And thank you to all the parents from our own club who gave up several hours during the day to help as officials - without you this event could not take place.
Full results of the day are as follows:-
Shauna Bocquet competed in her first British Wheelchair racing games in Stoke Mandeville on Saturday and Sunday. Over 70 wheelchair racers (including 28 girls) competed, with the best of Great Britain looking for qualification times for the upcoming IPC European Championships. The conditions were great with temperatures reaching 25 degrees over the two days. On Saturday, Shauna started with a 100m PB in the heats with a time of 19"27, more than enough to make the A final in the afternoon where she came 6th amongst European, World and Paralympic champions! Next was the 400m where she managed another PB with a time of 69"33 but, this time, it was not enough to make the final as she was 10th time overall. Finally, she raced in the 1500m final coming 4th and recording a 9 seconds PB with a new time of 4:34"08.
On Sunday, the wind had picked up but Shauna recorded one more PB in the 200m heats with a time of 35"67 and once again made the A final where she came 7th. To complete the week-end, Shauna also made the 800m final where she could hold on to the pack for the first 300m and managed to hold off a late charge from the older and stronger girls to come 6th in a brillant finish! Great week-end overall and a lot of experience gained. Next on the track will be the Irish Nationals in Santry on the 4th of June.
Race report to follow!Category: Athenry Club News
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Mon - Treadmill 10.0km recovery run 36:56 (3:42's)
Tue – 2km up, 10km threshold 31:04 (3:06’s), 2.0km down. All up 14.0km
Wed – Treadmill 10.0km recovery run 36:42 (3:40's)
Thu am – 2km up, 6 x 30 secs, 6 x 3 mins, 2.0km down. All up 11.0km
Thu pm – Mayo AC easy 4.9kms
Fri – Treadmill 10.0km recovery run 36:12 (3:37's)
Sat – 2km up, 5 x 2km, 2 x 1km threshold building into tempo, 2.0km down. All up 16.0km
Sun – Clarinbridge 19.8km easy run 1:22:06 (4:09’s)
Total for week 95.7km
The kids off school this week so lots of treadmill running. I’m getting good at it!! New PB on Tuesday for my bog standard threshold run and I didn’t even hit top of zone so must be getting fit. Some good sessions on Thursday – running intervals at 3:00/km pace on 2% incline off a short 60 second recovery. Plus a good session on Saturday where I was upping the pace throughout the session with the last few efforts up above threshold. A good long run with the lads to finish off the week.
No niggles at the moment and the body is holding up well. I’m planning a couple of track sessions in the next 2 weeks and that will be my final prep for the 10,000m….
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The singlets are washed, the spikes are cleaned, the excitement is building as Sunday's Galway Outdoor Track & Field approaches! With the addition of some events for U8s this year and the further addition of U12 hurdles, its a bulging program of events that starts at 10am in the morning and is scheduled to end around 6.30pm. There are 527 athletes entered which includes a massive 180 from Craughwell AC.
Its an exciting time for the club what with the development of improved facilities and huge participation rates across all age groups. With a new senior infants group just started and competition entering its summer season, there are busy months ahead. Coupled with this the club was confirmed as the 2nd largest juvenile club in the country in the latest AAI figures with 436 junior/juvenile members. And with 131 adult members comprising 36 juvenile coaches and 95 senior/master members, the clubs combined total of 567 members makes it the 3rd largest in the country - a wonderfu achievement for a club whose membership is drawn largely from a handful of rural parishes.
The timetable for Sunday is here. Best of luck to all of our participants - hopefully you will enjoy participating in the events and come home with a smile on your face and hopefully the weather smiles on us too.
Senior and Intermediate Boys 800m Athletes
Ben Garrard (4th Intermediate), Jack Miskella (3rd Senior), Odhran Keane (1st Senior)
A long but enjoyable day of track and field took place in Athlone yesterday with the South Connacht Schools Championships where large numbers from the club took part representing their schools.
The day kicked off at 10am and went full throttle until 7.15pm that evening when the last relay race completed – a long day for participants and an even longer day for the hard-working officials. The club had teenagers in action from Presentation Athenry, Calasanctius Oranmore, Loughrea VS, St Raphael’s Loughrea, Seamount Kinvara, Athenry VS and The Bower Athlone with many fine performances in blustery but sunny weather conditions.
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Timetable for this Sunday attached below. Please note that all times are provisonal so please aim to arrive an hour before the listed time and please don't be harsh on officials if times change. The intention of giving this level of detail on times is to allow parents and coaches make rough calculations of times if the event runs ahead or behind. As you can see, there are alot of participants and its hard to accurately timetable an 8 hour program of events of this scale.
Details for the Galway Senior/Masters/Junior Track and Field Championships 2016 have been announced
Venue – Dangan , Galway
Day One - Sunday 15th May
Track ( Electronic timing)
- 100/110 hurdles
- 400m hurdles
- race walk
- long jump
- triple jump
- high jump
- shot putt
Can all members have their entries into firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday 7th May.
Entry is €5 for two events or €10 for two or more.
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
Craughwell Community Games were held on the new athletics grounds in Crinnage for the first time at the weekend. There was a good turnout on a blustery day with plenty of excitement in the air. The historic first track & field event to be held on the new grounds were the Preschool Girls and Boys 20m races and they were appropriately won by Lena and Tom Glennon from the sports-mad Glennon family! Well done to all who took part and thank you to everyone who helped as officials on the day. A summary of the leading competitors in each event follows:-
Mon - Claregalway 11.1km recovery run 44:49 (4:02's)
Tue – Rest (sick)
Wed – Claregalway 9.5km easy run 42:49 (4:02's)
Thu – Treadmill 10km recovery run 36:00 (3:36’s)
Fri – 2km up, 10.0km threshold 31:15 (3:08’s), 2.0km down. All up 14.0km
Sat – Claregalway 14.8km recovery run 42:49 (3:48's)
Sun – 2km up, 5 x 2km, 2 x 1km threshold building into tempo, 2.0km down. All up 16.0km
Total for week 75.4km
I was running with Fintan on Monday and it was a real struggle. Looked at the heart rate and it was 15 beats higher than normal. Took the decision to pull the pin and it was a slow jog home. Rested Tuesday and then did a light run on Wednesday (still no energy). Back into things on Thursday and finished the week strongly. Just a blip and nice to have a bit of a break I suppose.
Despite the absense of sunshine on the first day of summer today, it was time to hold the first ever high jump training session on the club's new high jump facility at our new grounds. Alot of work has taken place in the last 4 weeks to construct a roadway and carpark into the grounds and then a 20x20m high jump area - and its all coming together nicely now. With more floodlighting and tartan sprint lanes to go in over the summer, we should have alot of what we need locally in place by the end of this year.
The honour of being the first ever to high jump on the new facility went to Aisling Keady and she was followed swiftly by Lorraine Delaney, Aoife Walsh, Freya Bohan, Katie O'Donoghue and Gavin Cooney. Being able to jump regularly and locally will be of tremendous assistance to our large group of talented high jumpers in the years ahead, so its super that it is all coming together.
High Jump History Makers
Gavin Cooney, Aisling Keady, Aoife Walsh, Lorraine Delaney, Freya Bohan, Katie O'Donoghue
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Craughwell Community Games will take place this bank holiday Monday May 2nd from 3pm to 6pm as the astroturf and adjacent athletics field.
You don't need to be a member of the athletic club to take part - the event is intended for all children in the parish and is a great opportunity to represent the parish in the Galway finals either as an individual or on a relay team.
It promises to be an entertaining event with the following events in each age group. Children can take part in as many events in their age group as they wish. Entry fee is €5 per family - mainly to cover costs of medals.
- Preschool: 25m
- U6s: 35m
- U8s: 60m & 80m
- U10s: 100m, 200m, hurdles
- U12s: 100m, 600m, ball throw, long puck (boys)
- U14s: 100m, 800m, hurdles, long jump, shot putt, javelin, long puck (girls)
- U16s: 100m, 200m, 1500m, discus, high jump
Note spikes are not allowed in running shoes for U12s and younger in the community games. U14s and older may wear them.
A provisional timetable will be published in this article later today.
For more information, contact Mike Tobin at 087 6591879 or Tracy Moran at 087 8810737.
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