A lovely evening for the third running of this event around Tonabrucky, starting and finishing at the Rahoon/Newcastle Hurling Club complex! Athenry AC had one athlete competing, running his second race of the day.
There has been some debate over the last few weeks about whether or not Maree had ousted Tuam as the PB course of the series but after last night’s event that debate is certainly put to bed. Athenry had another great turn out for the race with 79 members racing, 64 of whom set seasons bests times with many of those also setting PB’s.
Whilst most members seemed to be saving themselves for the known flats of Tuam next week, there were still a few who took the opportunity that the perfect weather afforded them with 10 members running their fastest time of the series in last nights Leg 5 in Ballybrit.
Congratulations to Mick Rice on his recent age group win during his travels to the States. Mick took part in the Boston Run to Remember Half Marathon alongside over 7000 other competitors. In a very competative field, where a sub 90 mins would just about get you into the Top 150, Mick placed 8th overall in a time of 1.19.35 (6.05min/mile pace) & first in his age group.
After the thunder, lightning & stormy showers died down early in the evening, leg four of this years series was held in a wet Claregalway on Tuesday last with over 570 runners braving the elements for another PB attempt.
Galway City Harriers continued their dominance of the series again this week with first two men home, Owen Byrne & Conor Dolan, followed up by Timmy Glavey of Mayo AC whilst the first two women home remained unchanged again with Regina Casey first home followed by Jane Ann Healy. Collette Touhy of Mayo AC was third woman home.
A crowd of almost 200 runners took to the start line for the RNLI Roundstone Bay 8K in Connemara on Saturday. The rain held off for the duration of the race and a small breeze along the course ensured none of the participants overheated as they wove along the scenic coastal roads that are a feature of the event.
There were some great times posted yesterday in the River Moy Half Marathon in Ballina with a handful of PB's in the process.
Ray Somers was 5th person home with a new personal best of 1.18.44 with Mick Duane narrowly missing out on the sub 90mins with a 1.31.33. Mairead Sullivan & Maria Lambe also ran PB's with 1.37.26 & 1.39.39 respectivetly to give them 7th & 11th women home. Noreen Cooley ran a 2.07.38 with Maria Hehir a 2.10.37.
There's something pleasing about running alongside the sea on a mild evening with the smell of the salt air & the coastal vistas which greeted us on the 5k Series' first vist to Maree this evening (13 May).
With the inclement weather all day prior to this race we were guaranteed a smaller entry than last week but still had 640 starters in Loughrea for the second leg of this years series. Whilst the rain stayed away for the race the runners faced into a tough wind for the first 2.5km until they turned back towards Loughrea & 'The Hill'.