Race Reports

A chance for the runner to describe their own birds eye view of a run.

Donadea 50km - 13th February 2016

The course was 10 laps of a circuit just short of 5km, so there was about a 400m run in at the start of the race. My target had been to try and get 3:30 and I was on course for that until after 35km when a combination of the rolling course, mud(!) and cold started to take its toll. The last 10km were absolutely brutal. A few encouraging shouts from my wife and daughters at the start of the last two laps helped me round, but they were fairly slow efforts.

Ballinderreen 10km - 24th January 2016

Ballinderreen 10km was originally set for the 29th November 2015 but due to flooding the race was re scheduled for Sunday 24th January 2016. Ballinderreen village is approximately 22 km south of Galway City and is a part of the townland of Ballinderreen. Baile an Doirín, means town of the little derry or little oakwood, suggesting the area may once have been more heavily forested with oak. This is a popular race due to its flat course offering an opportunity for a PB! Numbers were up slightly this year with 142 athletes taking on the single loop course.

Art O' Neill Challenge 2016

A word of warning from the start. You simply can’t write a short report about this race, so if you’re not in the form for a saga, turn away now.

The Art O’ Neill has a great history to it but this will be long enough without going into that now, so you can read up on it here.

Tuam 8km - 17th January 2016

In its 12th year almost 390 athletes took part in the Tuam 8km today. The weather was cold and temperatures were hovering around 7 degrees with intermittent showers. GCH dominated the podium taking 5 of the 6 places. The top two men finished in the same order as last year, with Gary Thornton GCH taking the honours in 24.22 followed by Matthew Bidwell GCH 25.54. Michael O'Connor GCH finished 3rd in 27.10.

Clarinbridge 10km - 3rd January 2016

The rescheduled Clarinbridge 10k took place today with nine Athenry AC members towing the start line. There was a hint of sunshine in the sky and racing conditions were pretty good as some of our runners (Majella Cummins) were even able to do the pre-race warm up in the club singlet.
 
Not many PBs to report amongst us, possibly the over indulgence over the past fortnight, but we can always blame the 2km of this route which went through a demanding but well-maintained gravel trail in the woods.
 

Fields of Athenry 10k– Day 26 of the December Run Streak #sanityclause by Joanne Murphy

Following on from the enjoyment of last years #akwrunstreak I signed up once again in earnest to run 30 minutes or 5k per day for the month of December. Organised by Sean at Amphibian King it was just the target I needed to try get back on track with some training at the end of this year.

Sixmilebridge 30 mile Race - 15th November

Sixmilebridge Ultra took place on the 15th November with 23 athletes taking part in this 30 mile challenge. Mike Curley won the race in 3.34.25 with Athenry ACs Dee Grady finishing 2nd overall while also winning the women's race in 3.42.02. Second man home and 3rd overall was Vinny O'Leary crossing the line in 3.55.25 with Andrew Lenharth clocking 4.09.48 behind him. Finishing 2nd in the women's race was another member of Athenry AC, Valerie Glavin 4.21.48 and Deirdre Finn was third 4.34.36. Chris Deakin competed in the half marathon and finished in third place in 1.29.07.

Hollymount 10KM - 15th November 2015

There are mornings you wake up and look out the window and say to yourself “Today is not a day for running” and crawl back in to bed. When the tail end of storm Abigail is still battering the landscape there was more than ample reason to crawl back in to bed on Sunday morning (Nov 15th), but this was the Hollymount 10k, a race steeped in Irish road running history, and with this being its 50th Anniversary the hour long journey had to be made.

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