The first event of the day was the marathon which kicked off bright and early at 8:30am. Starting at Nimo's Pier at the Claddagh, the athletes ran 2 laps of South Park before running through the heart of Salthill as far as the Barna Road junction. The route then lead the athletes back via the Golf Club and along the Prom returning to the Claddagh. Following this the runners completed another 3 laps of this course. The race started under blue cloudless skies and conditions remained dry and very pleasant for the duration of all 3 events.
A chance for the runner to describe their own birds eye view of a run.
Athlone Flatline Marathon Results
Niall Sheehan, Gowran AC 1:10:55
David Mansfield, Clonliffe Harriers 1:11:21
Peter Mooney, Inverse 1:13:51
Pauline Curley, Tullamore Harriers 1:19:50
Nora Newcombe Pieterse, Ballina AC 1:20:24
Michelle McGee, 1:20:44
First Athenry AC Man, Gearoid Rohan 1:19:38 finishing 13th overall
First Athenry AC Woman, Jane Ann Healy 1:20:50 finishing 20th overall
2506 athletes completed this year's Streets of Galway 8km. The iconic club photo usually taken on the steps of Jury's Hotel was organised by James Lundon. There was a smaller representation from the club this year as the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon was on the following morning. Race conditions were described as blustery, but for once, we saw the wind favour athletes as they ran along the prom in the final stage of the race. There were a few reported PB's and possibly more! We saw an impressive finish to the ladies race with only 18 seconds separating the 3 podium places.
National Half Marathon / 07 Aug 2016 / 08:30 a.m.
Although most of us relish the challenge of a tough race, the 4:30 a.m alarm call was greeted with little enthusiasm. By the time the porridge was consumed and we had hit the M6 the early start was quickly forgotten as the focus turned to the task in hand.
Race report to follow
A few of us headed in the direction of Mullingar this Sunday for the annual Mullingar AC 10 mile road race. We knew from my better half Esther, who had participated the previous year, that it actually takes place outside the town of Mullingar in a little place called Dalystown, so Google Maps was our navigator.
"What am I doing this for?"
Many years ago when the children were young, we decided to go on a family holiday. So one morning with the exception of the kitchen sink we loaded everything and everyone into the car and didn't stop going until we landed somewhere in the middle of France. On arriving there we were amazed at the long straight roads and the miles of vineyards growing in the fields. Soon we were to discover that the grapes growing in the region we were in were the ones used in the making of brandy and that the town of Cognac, home to the Hennessy and Martel distilleries, were only an hour’s drive away.