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.
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.
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.
20 September 2014
** 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 Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Championships took part in Sligo on Saturdy, 18 October.
The results can be found here.
A very fine afternoon greeted the runners for the 4th iteration of the Moylough (North East Galway) 10KM on Sunday (12 October). A good quality race ensured with 22 of the participants breaking 40 minutes, including our own Ronan 'Speedy' McCarthy, for the first time. Very warm congratulations to him on this fine achievement. Some PBs were recorded by others in the club, including Mark Hannon who was until very recenrly worried about breaking 40, and who is now down into the 37s!!!!!
A beautiful day out in Carna on Saturday evening last (11 October) for the 4th running in their popular 10KM Road Race.
Congrats to all the organisers on a very well organised event, with the refreshments coming in for especially high mention afterward, in the Carna Bay Hotel, a hope, step & jump from the start/finish line. If I get a better bowl of soup all year, I'll be surprised.
Well done to Alan O'Brien on a fine time. A Garmin Connect analysis of the course is here.
Our resident ultra loving adventurer Ruthann Sheahan is currently in the depths of South America taking part in the Atacama Crossing, a 136 mile self sufficient race across some of the most inhospitable terrain in the world & the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert. In her own words, a seven day self catering holiday. In our words, simply bloody amazing.
Course description from the race website;