Photo: Assumpta Feeney, Michelle Tooher, Anne Hunter.
By Michelle Tooher
I’m not normally one for writing race reports – I love reading them though. However, post-marathon, I have been reflecting a lot on the weeks, months and years that led up to Marathon-Monday and I figured why not.
Athenry AC is looking in good shape for the Dublin Marathon judging by the three races at the weekend. The splurge of "last-minute" racing/ training brought 63 of our runners for the Athlone 3/4 race on Sunday and the Galway Half Marathon and 10k on Saturday.
The annual Clifden Lifeboat 10k took place on Sunday in Clifden. The strong winds and rain predicted for the day did not materialise, leaving only Galway playing in the All Ireland Hurling finals as the only deterrent for would be participants. The route took the runners up the Sky Road and back to finish outside the Alcock and Brown Hotel, and is often described by some as the most challenging run they have ever done. <Editors note: See photo attached for one of the most brutal hills you can come across - but at least you do have to go down it too>
The annual Autumn Loughrea road race has a long and distinguished history. Sonia O'Sullivan ran there twice when it was a 5-miler with Paula Radcliffe joining her one of those years. Much further back in the early 1980s, Seb Coe beat Eamon Coughlin by the width of a singlet in a sprint finish when both were at the peak of their powers.
Identify the people in these portraits. Clue: One of them runs 99.95 miles farther than the other. First Prize: One Year Free Entry to the Connemara 100. Second Prize: 5 Years Mandatory Free Entry to the Connemara 100.
Despite missing many regulars, Athenry's ladies placed first in the team prize at the 25th annual Claregalway 10k (formally known as "Clare River Harriers Athletic Club 25th Annual Road Race"). The team comprised Lorna Freeman, Fiona Lane, and Liz Broderick and none have ever won a prize of any description before this one. Well done on that, ladies.
Our men - Ray Somers, David Noone, Enda Munnelly, Adrian Fitzmaurice - also did well to place second behind a strong Galway City Harriers. Ray continued his good form by coming 9th overall in 37:15.