It was a hard day at the office for David Noone in Belfast on Saturday as he competed in the annual Energia 24Hr Race. After struggling with his mind & body Dave stepped off the track after 11 hours with a total of 90k (56 miles) completed. He was in good company on the sidelines as last years champion, Eoin Keith, was amongst many top names who succumbed early on.
A dreary wet morning greeted the 4 Athenry AC members (Myself, David Noone, Ian Pomphrett and Drew Davison) along with the other 180 or so competitors in Kiltimagh on Saturday morning for Race2Glory. The task ahead: 17kms of running terrain comprised of road, trail, bog, river and a bloody big hill, and another 23kms of terrain on bike which also included another bloody big hill.Dave having completed the race a few years previous offered some sound advice..... “Yeah the first hill is a bit tough alright, kinda like Ryehill”.
It was a successful weekend on the roads for the club with two members placing first in races across the country.
In Portarlington on Saturday morning, Dee Grady ran a 3.20.19 marathon for a 16minute PB, 6th place overall & first female home at the Marathon des Escargots. Dee is showing great form recently & also had a podium finish & sub 19 5k in the Shannon Airport Runway 5k last weekend.
Sinéad Tuohy was in action today at the GloHealth Junior and U23 Championships held in CIT. Sinéad tied for silver in the U23 High Jump with Emily Rogers (St Peters) with a jump of 1.60m. Gold was taken by Craughwells Catriona Farrell who jumped 1.65.
Congratulations Sinéad, and all the best for the National Senior Championships in a few weeks time.
The 10th Headford 8KM Road Race ran without a hitch last evening (Saturday).
The course is now seared into the collective memory of any road runner in Galway.
Starting on the dot of 7PM, it wound it way through the village and out on to main road to Galway, as well as the rolling countryside of Ballyrikard, Cloghanover, Clooneen (passing Campbells at 3.5KM), Liss, Deerpark, Racepark and back into town to finish near the village square.
The Galway Senior / Junior / Masters Track and Field 2014 Championship, Day Two, takes place next Thursday July 10th in NUI Sports Grounds, Dangan, Galway. These events are open to all AAI Galway registered athletes with guest athletes from other AAI clubs outside Galway also welcome.
Registration - Trackside from 18.15pm. Entry is €5.00 for day / event at the track.