Saturday 13th June 2015... Portumna hosted their annual event. This year, athletes from Athenry AC took part in every distance, half marathon, marathon, 50km and 100km. The latter started at 7am as Jim Leahy took on the challenge of running his first 100km race setting himself the target time of sub 10hrs. We all believed Jim could do it, and he did, running the race of a lifetime. For months Jim has been pounding the roads around Athenry and Craughwell, clocking up the miles in preparation for the big day.
Tonight's launch of Moanbaun Sports Development Project was a great success and supported by members from both Athenry Football Club and Athenry Athletics Club. Iain Shaw (AAC) and Michelle Healy Leggett (AFC) welcomed everyone to the event and outlined the project to date. Thanks to Ciaran Cannon who supported the launch and for his kind words of encouragement for this new development. Thanks also to Athenry Football Club for their kind hospitality.
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Galway Track and Field Championships 2015 The dates and programme have been announced for the Galway Senior/Masters and Junior Track and Field Championships and details are below. Entry can be made on Athletics Ireland online entry system, and on the night on Day One. Both days will be held in Dangan, Galway City at the NUIG/RSC Track.
6 months previous, I had agreed to run walk the Listowel marathon with my best friend as she was getting back from injury and thinks marathon running is great. So with little to no proper training, 18th April 2015 arrived. Our training had involved. Michelle doing the Tralee half in 3hrs 5 mins. I had done a half marathon in Ballybunion two weeks earlier in 2hrs 7mins. But prior to this April morning, my longest run was 15 miles for the Cork to Cobh race in 2009.
Conditions were somewhat challenging at this weekends Connacht Team and U12 T&F Championships in Claremorris, but that did not diminish the performances by the Athenry Juveniles. The wind was blowing a gale directly along the sprint straight, and registered a massive +10.3 m/s at one point, but was +5 m/s on average. The distance runners had to battle into this wind on the back straight, get almost blown over on the bend, and then benefit from its final push on the way to the finish.
1. What running shoes do you train in?
Currently, Brooks PureFlow for training. I’ve just come back to Brooks shoes after a bit of a break and they suit me well. I have some Brooks racing flats as well which were great in the 5km series, and Inov-8 Mudclaw fell racing shoes which haven’t had any use (yet) since moving to Oranmore from the north of England.
2. How many miles did you run last week?
Wexford town held its first marathon today and Valerie Glavin was there to make history! The race started and finished in the Faythe and the route took athletes out of Wexford town, through some of the most scenic countryside. The course was an out and back route which took the runners up through Kerlogue, past Johnstown Castle, onto Murrintown, and then looped around Forth Mountain, and back to Murrintown and in to town along the same route, finishing with a nice 4-5 mile section of a slight downhill giving a fast finish.
A great turnout on a beautiful, if slightly windy, evening in Ballindine.
The 6th and final race of this years Galway 5km Series was hosted by Tuam AC. Almost 80 athletes from Athenry AC made up a field of 632 for tonight's race. The weather (which provided an additional challenge to those running in Cork City Marathon and the VHI Womens Mini Marathon at the weekend) was kinder to us providing a pleasant evening. Although not warm for June the conditions were ideal for running.