I took Thursday and Friday off running as a mini taper coming into Achill Marathon on Saturday 24th August. My plan was to run this at my Easy pace as a long training run, towards my training for a sub 3 hour marathon in Dublin. This pace would see me finish in 3 hr. 30min. But as the event got closer I thought I might go for a 3hr 20min. The course is a half marathon loop, and there is a half marathon, a marathon and an ultra-marathon (3 loops) run on the day. I decided I’d run a first loop of 1hr 40mins and depending how I’m feeling maybe push for sub 3 hr. 20min marathon and do the second loop in sub 1hr 40min.
Juvenile Athletics training resumes Monday September 9 at the vocational school at 7 oclock. All children born 2006 and older are required to train outside. All new members welcome come along and give it a try.
Little athletics will continue in the vocational school gym on Mondays at 7 children born 2007 and 2008 are welcome to attend. Due to number restrictions children already registered will be given priority. Once again we are always looking for people to give us a hand if you would like to help please make contact with one of the trainors. Any questions give Sinead a call 0876330527. See you all next week.
It is Saturday the 31st of August and I find myself in one of the more uncomfortable places a girl would like to find herself at this time of the morning, the start line of a 26.2 mile marathon. At least a hundred of ‘us marathon people’ lined up, I spotted a few Athenry singlets hovering around, getting ready, not sure what faces owned them, but they were here and that brought some element of comfort to the task that lay ahead.
Saturday night last, 31 August, saw the local action move to Shanaglish, outside Gort, and the 4th running of the Martin Egan [*] Memorial 10KM. A poorish turnout of 73 (only 27 of whom were club affiliated) took to the hills and valleys of the area, over the now familiar pan-handled course. Margaret Walsh (South Galway AC) and her local committee put on a great show and all for only E15. The organisers were a bit disappointed with the turnout on the evening, which was conducive to road racing, albeit a bit windy.
A massive crowd in Oranmore on Wednesday evening (21 August) for the second running (2011 was the first) of their out-and-back 5KM. A number of Athenry AC runners took part. The weather held up, though there was a bit of an onshore breeze to buffet the runners on the outward out. Congrats to Maree AC on a successful race. The result is here.