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.
A chance for the runner to describe their own birds eye view of a run.
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.
Pictured above are Caroline Mitchell, Yvonne Dowling & Sinead Reilly who were celebrating a 40min PB, a 10min PB & a first marathon respectively. More photos located here.
A few days on now & the excitement is dying down but the elation is still there. Below are report's from Claire Forde & Aaron Turner and a few more reflections on the day from our runners.
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.
Just a short note to congratulate all of our members (39 I make it now) running in yesterdays 34th Dublin City Marathon.
A full report will follow soon, until then I have attached the results for the Athenry AC members, please let me know if I have missed anyone.
Siobhan Guinan has submitted a report on her part in the recent Galway Bay Half Marathon where she was a member of the successful womens team on the day.
What started out as a week I was not looking forward to training wise actually turned out to be quite eventful.
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.