The wind was strong, the rain was sometimes heavy, but the inclement conditions did not stop 65 hardy runners turning out for the Martin Egan Memorial 10KM in Beagh/Shanaglish today, Sunday 19 October 2014, the 5th running of the event south of Gort.
The field included many fantastic athletes including Gerry Ryan, Gerry Carty, Conor Dolan, Mick Rice and Kieran Diviney, to name but a few. The recreational runners and walkers were missed by the organisers; all who togged out today were serious about their running and it showed.
A beautiful day out in Carna on Saturday evening last (11 October) for the 4th running in their popular 10KM Road Race.
Congrats to all the organisers on a very well organised event, with the refreshments coming in for especially high mention afterward, in the Carna Bay Hotel, a hope, step & jump from the start/finish line. If I get a better bowl of soup all year, I'll be surprised.
Well done to Alan O'Brien on a fine time. A Garmin Connect analysis of the course is here.
In what has easily become one of the busiest weekends for racing on the running calendar over the last few years we had groups of runners in action across multiple races on Saturday & Sunday.
Top of the pile was Dee Grady who ran a brilliant 2.13.11 in the 30k Human Race in Limerick on Sunday. On a windy day & with a hilly course Dee finished as 3rd female to add another podium finish to her achievements.
A great day in Loughrea AC's Bushfield complex this afternoon, Sunday 5 October.
It was the Even Ages (U-10 to U-18) and adult races. Over 300 toed the line across the 12 races, with huge numbers in both adult races. A full result will be attached when they are made available.
Many and sincere thanks to all in Loughrea AC who put on a superb show, AGAIN, with the course itself in outstanding condition & excellently appointed. There were loads of tea and biscuits afterward in their new clubhouse for those who stayed around for the craic & chat.
It was another successful day for the club at the Loughrea AC The Grey Lake 10km race on Sunday with 4 members taking home individual medals from the race itself, with another 13 titles heading to Athenry in the Galway 10km Championships.
Mick Rice was first home for the club & finished third overall in 36.57. Gearoid Rohan was close behind in fourth to take 1st Over 40 with a time of 37.39.
Jane Ann was first lady home & sixth overall in 37.48 whilst Sinead Foran was 1st female Over 35 in 40.34.
Ray Somers took a long overdue maiden win on a scenic 5k route in Brooklodge yesterday. In a time of 18.04 Ray had a narrow 2 second victory over Paul Gately with Fergal Walsh a further 16 seconds behind in third.
Tomasz Kadzielawski narrowly missed out on a podium finish with an 18.41 whilst John Langan & Michael Duane also ran sub 19 to finish within the top ten.
The committee of the 'Run in the Woods' would like to thank everyone for their support in what was another very enjoyable day out. Many thanks to Vaughans for hosting us in the lounge for registration and refreshments. Thank you to Garda Mick McDermot for his assistance and guidance on the day. To Mick & all the crew at Coilte for allowing us to use this fabulous location. On the day we had numerous stewards who helped ensure things ran smoothly and to all of you a big thank you.
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).