20 September 2014
A chance for the runner to describe their own birds eye view of a run.
What a great day for (watching) racing!
In glorious sunshine this morning, huge numbers of Athenry runners made the short trek to Athlone for the annual Flatline Half Marathon with their eyes on PB's on a fast & flat course. But by the time the race started at 11.00am the mercury was already rising & many struggled with the midday heat.
Where’s Bernie? “Broke down in Castlebar” said Jannette.
Towing a caravan with a long road still ahead of them to Achill Island, we decided to go and register for the Achill Roar Adventure Race and get something to eat while we waited. Registration was in Geilty’s bar, Dooagh.
In what was the largest turnout ever for the club championships we had over 70 runners line up at the Athenry Medical Centre for this year's event, the 12th.
With the handicap system in place we had approximately 18 minutes between the first & last starter with Ray Somers the final runner out of the blocks. He duly lived up to his handicap position by taking home the prize of fastest runner on the night. The race was run over the recent 5KM Series course.
A dreary wet morning greeted the 4 Athenry AC members (Myself, David Noone, Ian Pomphrett and Drew Davison) along with the other 180 or so competitors in Kiltimagh on Saturday morning for Race2Glory. The task ahead: 17kms of running terrain comprised of road, trail, bog, river and a bloody big hill, and another 23kms of terrain on bike which also included another bloody big hill.Dave having completed the race a few years previous offered some sound advice..... “Yeah the first hill is a bit tough alright, kinda like Ryehill”.
Galway Adult Track & FieldCountyChampionships - 10th July 2014.
We arrived at registration in Dangan Sports track and signed up for 3 events. Both of us in the same category - Masters F35.
1st event - The High Jump.
Officials: Have you ever done this before?
Assumpta & Flora: Nope.
Officials: Now ladies, you need to be technically aware of the event you are taking part in.
Flora: Ah give us a shot.
Assumpta: Go on, we’re quick learners.
We had members taking part in marathons across the continent in recent weeks with Philp Magnier & George Livanos running the Paris Marathon and Tony Killarney, Jim Leahy, Frances Leahy, Maeve Noone & Kenneth O' Hara running the London Marathon.
George ran a decent 3.46.30 whilst Philip struggled with illness & finished with a 4.02.28.
Lyall Guiney has shared his report on his brilliant run in Connemara recently. This can also be found on his blog Race the Blue Line.
Cover photo courtesy of Peter Mooney.
After some horrendous wind & rain in midweek, Sunday morning dawned as fresh & perfect as a spring day could be. The vast blue sky was looking stupendous, the myriad of daffodils lining the roadside were looking voluptuous & the post race spread greeting us as we lined up for our timing chips & t-shirts was looking sumptuous.