Mairead Sullivan collected another podium finish for herself today in Mayo as she finished 3rd in the Clonbur Half Marathon. On a very hilly course & in tough weather conditions Mairead posted a 1.42.56. Considering she had run a 5.5 mile warm up it gives an indication that she could be due a nice PB in Dublin come October.
Ray Somers & Philip Magnier were also racing today in Clonbur with Ray finishing fifth with a 1.24.42 & Philip a 1.47.41 to claim first Vets prize.
We had nine members racing in the marathon & half marathon which was held in Craughwell yesterday (Saturday). Dave Noone was our first representative home in the marathon & finished with a time of 3.18.16. Aiming for a 3.15 Dave reckons his hydration plan let him down early on (It's good to know that even people who run over 120 miles non stop can get their race nutrition wrong occaisionally too).
Mick Rice made a successful return to his beloved long distance racing yesterday in the Longford marathon, finishing in 11th with a 2.55.01. It has been nearly two long years since Mick last lined up at the start line of a marathon & he is clearly getting back to where he wants to be.
As always the club were huge supporters of the Streets with a huge 70 members taking part last Saturday (9 August 2014).
Top of the list was Ray Somers who ran a 27.55 for a new PB & 23rd position overall. He was followed exactly a minute later by Mick Rice who is clearly back on form after his troubles last year. We had six members dipping under the 30 minutes with Jane Ann Healy, Gearoid Rohan, David Meehan & Tomasz Kadzielawski also seeing 29.** for the first time whilst Drew Davison narrowly missed out for the second successive race with a 30.20.
Congratulations are due to the ever youthful Martin Keane as provisional results place him third in the 70 - 74 category in the National Half Marathon which was held in Dublin last Monday. Martin finished in a time of 2.05.10, just three & a half minutes off second place. Amazingly 1st place in the age group, Christy McGonagle, City of Derry, posted a fantastic 1.37.35.
A great night in and around Carnaun last evening (Friday, 25 July). Thirty people lined up and finished on what was a very warm evening for a 10KM run. edenhill77 was there to capture the race - before, during and after - with his Flickr feed being updated as I write this.
James Corbett and his crew of helpers did a fine job of getting the race off pretty much on time and then having the burgers ready to eat by the time all the finishers had come through. The result was announced within 90 minutes of the race starting too!
It was a successful weekend on the roads for the club with two members placing first in races across the country.
In Portarlington on Saturday morning, Dee Grady ran a 3.20.19 marathon for a 16minute PB, 6th place overall & first female home at the Marathon des Escargots. Dee is showing great form recently & also had a podium finish & sub 19 5k in the Shannon Airport Runway 5k last weekend.