So it's six days to the off & if the rumour mill is correct we could be in for a grandstand finish as we have the possibility of former winner & current Dublin City Marathon title holder, Sean Hehir, lining up against five time Fields winner & course record holder, Gary Thornton. Gary made a return to the local road running scene in Galway last week with a 30.29 in the Ballinderreen 10km, a time which would have given him 1st position in the fields for the last three years. We could be in for a good one!!
Despite the gales & monsoon like rain that persisted for most of this morning, the clouds dried up for nearly 100 runners that turned out for the Ballinderreen 10km today.
Gary Thornton made a rare appearance on the local road running scene & was rewarded with a win, beating GCH clubmate Matt Bidwell into second with a time of 30.29, nearly a full two & a half minutes ahead of Matt. Julio Cesar Castro of Kilmurry was third with a 33.05.
Ruthann Sheahan was deservedly featured in last Thursday's edition of the Irish Independent for her ultra running exploits. The report gives some insights into the training regime of the two time national record holder plus some of the crazier aspects of 100 mile training weeks (boiled eggs & jam for one). This recognition is long overdue for someone who came 7th in the world in last year's 24hr road race & on current form I'm sure she will improve on that in the coming year.
Calling all young athletes come and join us St. Stephens morning December 26 for our 1k fun run around Athenry medals for all, all ages welcome. Registration presentation school gym from 9.30 till 10.00 €5 per child race starting 10.15 sharp.
Looking for a Christmas present for that runner who has every little bit of the latest gear out there, well the long awaited History of Clonliffe Harriers entitled ‘Clonliffe Harriers 1886 to 2013’ by Dominic Branigan was launched at a reception held in the Teachers Club on Parnell Square in Dublin City Centre last Friday week.
Athenry Juvenile AC Athletes will be taking to the road this coming weekend for the Uneven Ages National Cross Country Championship which will be held on Sunday 15th December in Waterford. Athenry AC will have a number of teams qualified to represent the club at this All Ireland event as well as a number of individual athletes who will be running for Galway as a result of strong individual performances at the Connacht Championship.
The wet & blustery weather didn’t prevent a good turnout by the Athenry members for this local 5km race yesterday. Twenty club members toed the line with nine of those crossing the finish line in under 20 minutes, amongst those, Kieran Guiry, who after very many attempts :), dipped under the 20 minute marker for the first time. He did it in style too with a time of 19.26 & in current form it won't be long before he breaks the 19 minute barrier.
For some people, the tradition of coming to Athenry on 26th December for the Fields 10km goes back a while - in fact, back to the beginning. For these 8 people, this is a solid tradition, and they do whatever it takes to make it to the start line every year.
Tommy Joe Whyte risked the rath of his boss in Scotland in early 2010. The 2009 race was postponed - indeed postponed twice - but Tommy was due to return to Scotland to work. I'm not sure what he did, but he managed to hang around and he was on the startline for the eventual running of the race in late January.
Although online entries have now closed for the Ballycotton 10mile road race, all AAI members have until Friday 20th December 2013 to enter this race via postal entry. A copy of the entry form will be available from tomorrow, 09th December 2013, at the following website;