The second annual Labane/Ardrahan/Galway Sports Partnership 10KM took place yesterday (Saturday, 20 April 2013) around the pan-handled course, starting and finishing in the interesting village of Labane, midways between Ardrahan and Gort, off the main Galway/Limerick Road.
The organiers put on a super show again, including ensuring the weather stayed dry albeit a bit windy, which buffeted the runners constantly over the first half of the race.
A full provisional result and prize list is attached below.
Folks, an awful thing happened in Boston today, innocent runners and spectators being killed and maimed. It's the first time I can remember a race being the target of terrorism. It's impossible not to think about it and realise that someone we know could have been there, could have been involved. As far as I know, no one from our club was running.
Hopefully the authorities will find and imprison the perpetrators very soon.
I couldn’t sleep. The butterflies in my tummy were circling like the Hitchcock film The Birds. Clock finally went off at 5.50 and I got up – wrecked. This was going to be a day I was never going to forget for the rest of my life. It was Connemara Ultra Marathon day at last. Weeks and weeks of training and preparation led me to this morning – and I got up absolutely jaded – typical!
I started running five years ago. After I finally gave up the GAA my weight soared so it was a suggestion by my wife Claire to see if I liked it. Well I loved it and haven't looked back. I joined Athenry AC a year later and am proud to be part of the best club in Ireland!
I've ran in Prague and Rome and in London and its wonderful to hear "Go on Athenry" where ever you are. With the farm and working evenings, I train mostly in the mornings around Dunsandle and generally have set plans leading up to big races. People don't wonder at this once regular lad now running around the woods in a pair of black tights, funny shoes, an orange top and wearing sunglasses in the rain, although they took a while! Its easy be conscious of what people think at first but you have to get over it. Biggest event so far was the recent Ultra Marathon [Connemara] which I completed in 6.20.
Lennane seemed strangely empty in the hour or so before the Half Marathon start on Sunday. However closer inspection revealed the whereabouts of the 2000+ starters behind every available wall, truck, pub, shed, outsized runner, etc., trying to get shelter from a gusty wind blowing from the East.
On a bitterly cold day, GCH men claimed 1st , 2nd & 3rd prizes in this year’s Colemanstown 10k. Last year’s winner Matt Bidwell from Galway City Harriers was first home again, in a time of 33:39; not quite as fast as his PB which he created on the same course last year.
Some races have a special buzz and the Craughwell 10 Mile race certainly presses that button. Many targeted this race as their main Spring outing and nervous tension along with vigorous arm waving were all there in abundance before the 1 pm start.