Long standing club member, Marie Curran, will be launching her new poetry book 'Observant Observings' on Friday 12th September 2014 in the Town Cafe, Athenry @ 7.30pm.
Marie was a very active member of the club until 2011 / 2012 when she was diagnosed with myalgic encephaloyelitis (more commonly know as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) a condition which causes constant tiredness. Due to the illness she is currently housebound, however ME/CFS doesn’t stop her writing. She believes writing is soul food and such food must be shared.
Mairead Sullivan collected another podium finish for herself today in Mayo as she finished 3rd in the Clonbur Half Marathon. On a very hilly course & in tough weather conditions Mairead posted a 1.42.56. Considering she had run a 5.5 mile warm up it gives an indication that she could be due a nice PB in Dublin come October.
Ray Somers & Philip Magnier were also racing today in Clonbur with Ray finishing fifth with a 1.24.42 & Philip a 1.47.41 to claim first Vets prize.
We had nine members racing in the marathon & half marathon which was held in Craughwell yesterday (Saturday). Dave Noone was our first representative home in the marathon & finished with a time of 3.18.16. Aiming for a 3.15 Dave reckons his hydration plan let him down early on (It's good to know that even people who run over 120 miles non stop can get their race nutrition wrong occaisionally too).
Mick Rice made a successful return to his beloved long distance racing yesterday in the Longford marathon, finishing in 11th with a 2.55.01. It has been nearly two long years since Mick last lined up at the start line of a marathon & he is clearly getting back to where he wants to be.
Athenry AC were the proud winners of the Brendan Gavin Memorial Shield at the Claregalway 10KM last weekend. The shield has been fought for since 2003 and was presented by Brendan's wife Bridie, to James Lundon.
It is presented to the club who has most representatives at the race each year. The following are the winners: 2003 to 05 GCH, 2006 Mayo AC, 2007 Craughwell AC, 2008 Mayo AC & 2009 to 13 GCH.
In what was the largest turnout ever for the club championships we had over 70 runners line up at the Athenry Medical Centre for this year's event, the 12th.
With the handicap system in place we had approximately 18 minutes between the first & last starter with Ray Somers the final runner out of the blocks. He duly lived up to his handicap position by taking home the prize of fastest runner on the night. The race was run over the recent 5KM Series course.
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.
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.