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.
With some big running talent on show in Santry last Sunday week a high placing was always going to be a tough ask for Lyall Guiney & Ray Somers but they did both their club & county proud as they lined up for the Galway team in the National Cross Country Championships.
The marathon is the end point. When you get to the start line you’ve already won. 12 weeks of long runs, speed and core all culminate to a single day – a day in which, even then, all the boxes need to be ticked to produce what you think is anything near your form.
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.