Sixmilebridge Ultra took place on the 15th November with 23 athletes taking part in this 30 mile challenge. Mike Curley won the race in 3.34.25 with Athenry ACs Dee Grady finishing 2nd overall while also winning the women's race in 3.42.02. Second man home and 3rd overall was Vinny O'Leary crossing the line in 3.55.25 with Andrew Lenharth clocking 4.09.48 behind him. Finishing 2nd in the women's race was another member of Athenry AC, Valerie Glavin 4.21.48 and Deirdre Finn was third 4.34.36. Chris Deakin competed in the half marathon and finished in third place in 1.29.07.
There are mornings you wake up and look out the window and say to yourself “Today is not a day for running” and crawl back in to bed. When the tail end of storm Abigail is still battering the landscape there was more than ample reason to crawl back in to bed on Sunday morning (Nov 15th), but this was the Hollymount 10k, a race steeped in Irish road running history, and with this being its 50th Anniversary the hour long journey had to be made.
The 6th annual Fit4Life race took place yesterday in Athenry, it as a huge success! The race was co ordinated again this year by Race Director Frances Leahy who did an excellent job. And behind every great woman is a great team, as members of Athenry AC turned out in force to help and support this great event.
Dublin City Marathon's inaugural race was in 1980 with 1,420 finishing. This year in its 36th year just under 13,000 runners took part, an increase of about 2.7% on the figure for last year. Traditionally the race takes place on the October bank holiday Monday but plans for 2016 announced recently mean the race will take place a day earlier on the Sunday. As a result the organisers are hoping to attract a larger number of athletes including athletes from overseas. The weather was more favourable this year than last.
Congratulations to Sarah Gilhooley and Shannen Lee who were representing Athenry AC at the Autumn Open Cross Country 4K in Phoenix Park today. The girls finished a fantastic 28th and 30th place in times of 18.17 and 18.41 respectively. Both girls are in great running form at the moment and both featured prominently in the recent Galway XC championships with Sarah taking both the U15 and U16 titles and Shannen taking bronze in the U18 championship running out of age.
Robert Malseed, Westport AC, from Túr Mhic Éadaigh in Mayo, was the winner of the fifth Conamara 10k on Saturday [10 October 2015]. Robert finished in a time of 35:19, beating last year’s winner, Richard Farnan, who finished second. Peadar Ó Cathasaigh from Rathfarnham, Dublin, finished third. Colm Conway of Connemara AC was the first local finisher.
Beautiful weather conditions matched the superb condition of the palace grounds in Tuam for this years County cross country. James Lundon and co. had precedings running like clockwork, great organisation by all involved
Some fantastic juvenile races kept us entertained prior to the adult events. Emma Moore (Caroline's daughter) stormed home in the U12's while Tomas and Jane Mangans sons Geordan and Fabien were in flying form also to name but a few.