Great day in Tuam, yesterday 14 February 2016. We have everything except competitors: sun, snow and muck in particular.
Glaway cleared the boards with the men bringing back the O'Duffy Cup to Galway for the first time since 1986-87, with the woman also winning their senior title. Both Galway junior teams were second to Mayo in their respective races.
Well Gorgeous Gort certainly lived up to it's name on Sunday with the sun coming out to play in a race for the first time this year, no wet gear or wolly hats needed for the 171 competitors that toed the line, long may it continue.....
Howling gale-force winds on the back of storms Dessie, Barney and Henry, driving Galway rain coming in from the west,
the east, the north, the south, the south-west and the north-east, not forgetting the sub-zero temperatures akin to the
Antarctic in mid-Winter. I just knew when I woke up on Sunday morning that this was going to be the best race EVER!
And so it transpired......
Trim AC Bewleys 10 mile Road Race took place today. The race was on the same course as last year which is on fast flat quiet roads (with some hills at 3, 6 and 8 segments) starting and finishing in Trim. Over 650 athletes lined up in harsh weather conditions. Temperatures were low but it was dry, very strong headwinds were reported from mile 4 which remained for the duration of the race. Two water stations along the route provide brief respite for the athletes.
The John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile road race now is its 25th year is organised by West Waterford Athletic Club. In excess of 2,500 athletes gathered at the start line on the Youghal Road to run 1 loop of the course. Weather conditions on the whole were reported to be pretty good. It was mostly dry although there was a strong headwind from 3 to 5 miles. The men’s record is currently held by Mick Clohessy (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 48.45 and Maria McCambridge (Letterkenny) holds the ladies record 55.58.
I don't even know what the latest one is called but running in storms has become increasingly frustrating over the last two months and, unfortunately, it shows no sign of letting up for a few weeks yet. The only positive I can muster up....well it gives us the opportunity to over use some favourite running quotations.
"Ah it's early season, I'm not running for times yet."
"Ya know it's actually a great way to race, toughens you up for the hard season ahead."
"It wasn't near as bad as what I trained it yesterday."
On January 6th, 1592 Art O’Neill, his brother Henry, and Red Hugh O'Donnell made a bid for freedom from Dublin Castle. It was the middle of winter and Ireland was held fast in its icy clutches but they hoped to reach the relative safety of the remote Glenmalure Valley over 50km away.
Ill equipped and underfed they were the only prisoners ever to successfully escape captivity from Dublin Castle but it was an ill fated journey with Art O’Neill dying from exposure only miles from his goal.
A huge crowd thronged Galway City centre yesterday afternoon Friday, 1 January 2016 for the 6th running of the Resolution Run 5k, West of Ireland style. Athenry AC were very well represented at the event, young and not so young. Nice to see Bernie Mulryan back on the roads after a long injury layoff but also a number of younger Athenry AC singlet clad athletes making it around, some in very impressive times.
Provisional result of today's (Sunday, 13 December 2015) road races in Kiltullagh are attached.
Congrats to Chris Deakin on a PB, getting close to 38 minutes for the distance - he looked very well coming though as well. Also good to see Liz Broderick back on the road after a serious setback in the week of the DCM which prevented her from competing, especially after having all the work done. Well done to all from the club for supporting the event, both on the road but organisationally too.