I first broke 3 hours in the 2012 Cork marathon, running 2:53. Every marathon I ran in 2013, 2014 and 2015 was under 3 hours. In order, these were a 2:54, a 2:52, a 2:45 (pb from Connemara 2014), a 2:47, a 2:58, a 2:48 and another 2:54. I say this for perspective, because last Monday June 6th in Cork, I ran a relatively slow 3:08:31... yet it was one of the most enjoyable marathons I've ever run.
Indulge me please: I need to write a little about the last six months first, before describing this race.
Jane Ann has been selected amongst the top female distance runners in the country for the marathon mission panel. This panel will see the coming together of the top distance runners in the country for some training sessions and guidance. The marathon mission was first launched in the run up to London 2012 and has seen many of our Olympic athletes take part.
As the tar melted around the roads of Athenry we made the trip to Sixmilebridge in Clare for the annual BMOH 10km in glorious sunshine. Chris made an unusual comment for an Irishman as we hit the M18 near Gort that "thankfully it looks like there may be some cloud cover ahead". This weather prediction did not ring true.
The penultimate race of this year's 5km series brought us to Claregalway. A lovely warm and pleasant evening with 638 athletes turning out in force. This week 80 members of Athenry AC gathered along the starting line to take on the single lap race which started and finished at the Claregalway Corporate Park. There was great local support again this year and in particular along the final kilometre. Athenry's Martin Keane finished in 25:35 running his best 5km in years on the back of running a half marathon in Portugal on Sunday! What a man!
Over half way through the 5km series as 587 athletes took on the one loop circuit in Tuam on Tuesday. Athenry AC was represented by 77 from the club with Deirdre Brophy winning the women's race and Fergal Walsh finished 5th overall. There were 8 PB's reported but possibly more! A great nights running by the club. GCH finished very strong again this week taking 1st and 2nd places in both the men's and women's races. Also a great race by Shauna Bocquet Craughwell AC who finished second overall.
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.
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.