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.
Maree-by-the-sea was as picturesque as ever for their annual 8k held in conjunction with Amphibian King on Sunday 10th. The weather stayed kind: I'm sure the Ireland rugby team would have swopped it for the awful-looking day they had in their slugfest against England.
I'm after having a very sad few weeks. Last Wednesday (23 January 2013) in the intensive care unit of St. James Hospital (Dublin) I was at the bedside of my brother-in-law, Martin Vincent McDonagh, as he took his last breath.
About an hour later we were allowed back to see him laid out and were taken aback to see a Fields of Athenry 10KM race hat left at the foot of his bed. A doctor dropped in to explain that it was the only item that came with him when he was removed from the wards to the ICU.
The Tuam 8k Road Race (this Sunday - 20 January) is expected to attract a record attendance as online entries are already well ahead of last year. We had 600 entries last year and we have been advised by Athletics Ireland that we have insurance for 1000 participants but that figure includes the kids fun run and we are expecting 150 - 200 children to take part.
The 2nd annual Roscommon 5k Series will kick off in County Roscommon on Wednesday August 22nd. Organised by the Roscommon County Board of Athletics Ireland, this event involves a series of 5km runs on four consecutive Wednesday evenings.
Each race will take place in a different location around the county with Roscommon town, Boyle, Taughmaconnell, and Lanesboro each hosting an event. The series is designed to cater for everyone aged 18 or over, regardless of experience or fitness level and will allow participants to track their fitness from race to race as the series progresses.