Athenry must have been a quiet and lonely town on the October Bank Holiday Monday as 43 members of the club turned up at the start line & what seemed like multiples of that figure turned out to support them in the 34th edition of the Dublin City Marathon.
After a very nervous week of weather watching the promised storm hooked off in an easterly direction & descended on the UK, resulting in a beautiful fresh Monday morning on the streets of Dublin, where 14,500 competitors lined up for the 26.2 mile journey around the capital city.
It turned into a productive weekend for Athenry AC with the womens team taking first place in the Galway Bay Half Marathon on Saturday (pictured above with their manager) & no fewer than 13 medals being won in the Galway 10km Road Race Championships in Loughrea yesterday.
In the Championships Ray Somers took third position in the senior males whilst second & third senior females were Maired Sullivan & Siobhan Guinan. Brilliant running from Siobhan considering she ran a PB in the half marathon on Saturday (Plus was a member of the Gold winning team).
While there was poor weather predicted for the day the rain cleared on time for the race. However, the strong winds did make a challenging run even tougher. From the time the gun went off there was strong competition between Martin McEvilly of Roscahill and Ballyconeely man Sean Nee.
The 2nd outing of the Athlone Flatline Full & Half Marathon’s took place on Saturday in near perfect running conditions with no hint of wind or rain & mild temperatures. A top class field of just under 1000 people from across the country toed the line with some very impressive performances by Athenry AC members. Jane-Anne Healy narrowly missed out on a podium finish in the Half Marathon with a brilliant 4th position in 1:25:41 (Not bad considering 1st place was taken by arguably the top female distance runner in the country at the minute).
There were some great perfomances by the Athenry runners in the Athlone Flatline Full & Half marathons on Saturday. A summary of both races & breakdown of times will follow shortly but for now Kieran Guiry has provided his race report on his brilliant PB in the half.
So we landed in Keel Sandybanks Caravan Park, Achill Island, on a beautiful sunny Friday evening. We explored our surroundings and took in the breath-taking scenery; both nervous and excited with what lay ahead of us the next day - The Achill Roar adventure race. Adventure racing is still very new to us, so I suppose this adds to the anticipation as well.
I took Thursday and Friday off running as a mini taper coming into Achill Marathon on Saturday 24th August. My plan was to run this at my Easy pace as a long training run, towards my training for a sub 3 hour marathon in Dublin. This pace would see me finish in 3 hr. 30min. But as the event got closer I thought I might go for a 3hr 20min. The course is a half marathon loop, and there is a half marathon, a marathon and an ultra-marathon (3 loops) run on the day. I decided I’d run a first loop of 1hr 40mins and depending how I’m feeling maybe push for sub 3 hr. 20min marathon and do the second loop in sub 1hr 40min.
What an amazing all-day racing festival the Portumna Forest Marathon is turning out to be. Now it goes right through the day with the half marathon as an additional distance. First up on Sat was the 100k starting at 8am, next came the 50k at 10am, the marathon at 12, the half marathon at 2, and finally the 10k at 4pm. An assorted mix of distances and runners, and paces, to say the least.