The 6th and final race of this years Galway 5km Series was hosted by Tuam AC. Almost 80 athletes from Athenry AC made up a field of 632 for tonight's race. The weather (which provided an additional challenge to those running in Cork City Marathon and the VHI Womens Mini Marathon at the weekend) was kinder to us providing a pleasant evening. Although not warm for June the conditions were ideal for running.
A chance for the runner to describe their own birds eye view of a run.
The VHI Women's Mini Marathon is one of the biggest all women's events of it's kind in the world. This year 37,000 women ran, jogged and walked the 10km route through Dublin City. There was no escaping the inclement weather, the wind and rain were prominent throughout the run adding to the challenge but not spoiling the mood of the race now in it's 32nd year. (Last year saw a record field of 41,006).
2007 saw the return of Cork City Marathon after 21 years (1986). The five marathons in the 80's attracted substantial participants, peaking in 1984 when 1,138 runners took part (including our very own Martin Keane pictured above!). Today saw over 7,000 athletes run through the streets of Cork City defying the bank holiday's wet and windy weather. Athenry AC had representation in both the Marathon and Half Marathon events. Conditions were tough. Cork is a city of hills and valleys and the rain and wind provided an additional challenge to all.
The penultimate race of the series brought us to Galway Airport in Carnmore. A new location this year so nobody really knew what to expect!
We assumed it would be flat and as it was open ground it would probably be windy. We were not disappointed! After the race someone described it as "it wasn't flat but it wasn't hilly! It presented a different challenge and some enjoyed the unique opportunity to run on a runway!
Valerie Glavin completed the Newry Marathon on Sunday last in 3 hrs 37 mins. It is only 3 weeks since she ran Limerick Marathon crossing the line in 3 hrs 53 mins. Two marathons in 3 weeks would be enough for most of us but not for Val! She is off to Cork to run another marathon on Monday next 1st June and Wexford the following Sunday. After that....we'll have to wait and see! Good luck in the next two races and keep us posted!
The fourth race of the series was hosted in Claregalway tonight. A field of 641 took part, 71 from Athenry AC.
Craughwell's Damien Larkin was first man across the line in 17.26 with Athenry's Lyall Guiney finishing close behind in 17.38 and Kevin Carr in 3rd place with a time of 17.51.
Jane Ann Healy took the honours for the ladies in 18.18 with GCH Grainne Ni Uallachain completing the race in 18.42. Sue Redmond just under a minute behind in 19.38.
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The Terenure 5 Mile (formerly known as the "Dublin 5 Mile Classic") took place yesterday. It is a fast 1.5 lap course which starts and ends at Terenure College. In it's 30th year the field of over 1250 was stacked with top Irish talent such as Mark Christie, Freddy Keron Situk and Olympian Mark Kenneally, Athenry's Lyall Guiney finished 43rd in a time of 29.27. Also running were long time friends of the club and former members, Kenyan duo Peter Brandon Somba (5th - 24.24) & Lezan Kimutai (9th - 26.07) with member Liam Mycroft finishing in 40.10.
Micky Duane and John Daly competed in the River Moy half marathon in Ballina on Saturday last. The route took the athletes along the banks of the famous River Moy and through the beautiful Belleek Woods. The route is relatively flat with a few challenging hills along the way. Most of the race was run on roads on either side of the banks of the Moy with amost 2 miles of the course through the woods. Micky Duane completed the race in 1.30.59 whilst John Daly crossed the line in 1.40.38.
The third leg of the 5km series took place last night with a welcome return to Craughwell. A route loved by many saw very good weather conditions for the race. There was only a cool breeze to contend with as 700 athletes ran through the hilly roads of Craughwell. The locals gathered at almost every km to cheer on the athletes.
John Greaney (GCH) was first man across the line, followed by Craughwell's Damien Larkin and Lyall Guiney from Athenry AC in third place. Regina Casey (GCH) was first woman home followed by Athenry's Jane Ann Healy and (GCH) Barbara Dunne in third place.
Congrats to all who took part in the Marathon, Half Marathon and 6 Mile runs in Limerick today. For some it has become an annual event and for others their maiden voyage! Torrential rain was reported in Limerick overnight but the forecast this morning was promising and it delivered! The rain held off for most of us and we experienced glorious sunshine (some said they would have preferred the rain!). It was very warm! There were a few casualties as the race progressed and a number of athletes had to walk to get to the finish line, it was all too much.