For many years Athenry AC members have taken part in Croi fund raising trips all over the world. Ray O'Connor and his brother Johnny have led the way and the path they have blazed has been followed by Club Person of the year 2008 Maire T. Beatty, Larry Kelly, Mick Rice, Jane Ann Healy and many, many others.
This week Croi have announced details of two of their most special trip, to New York and Inisboffin.
Seona Joyce of Croi takes up the story;
For Runners and Walkers, the ING New York City Marathon is recognised as one of the world's greatest marathon experiences!
Congratulations to Maire Treasa Beatty who won the Club Person of the Year award for 2008, presented at the Athenry AC AGM on Wednesday 14th Jan. This is Maire Treasa's first year of serious running and she didn't commence actual racing until March, so her total haul of 33 races during the year represents a serious commitment to competetive racing.
The BHAA, in both Dublin and Cork do fantastic work for runners and yet can remain unknown to many athletes outside of their immediate catchment areas. If you have the opportunity I'd highly recommend that you take part in one of the many superb races they organise each year. I cut my own running teeth in BHA races in Dublin and can vouch that there's a place for everyone and anyone at a BHAA race. They're competitive and relaxed, fun and serious, on road and across country.
Position Name Club County
1 James McCarthy East Cork Cork
2 Sean McGrath East Cork Cork
3 Jason Fahy Olympic Harriers Clare
4 Dermot Galvin St. John's Clare Clare
5 Cian Murphy Iveragh Kerry
6 Christopher Bracken Thurles Crokes Tipperary
7 John Cleary Ferrybank Waterford
8 Brian McGinley Ennis Track Clare
9 Donnacha O'Mahoney East Cork Cork
10 Con Marshall St. Finbarr's Cork
11 Trevor Woods St. Finbarr's Cork
12 Padraig Healy West Waterford Waterford
Our very own Ruth Kilcawley has been in touch to tell us about some informational clinics she will be holding in the Raheen Woods Hotel during February. She's offering a special discount to members of Athenry AC. Ruth holds a BSc in Human Nutrition & Dietetics and is an Approved Sports Dietitian by the National Coaching Training Centre of Ireland. She has extensive experience in sports nutrition. She is also an active member of Athenry Athletics Club and regularly competes in athletics and endurance events.
This year we have collectively invited public ridicule by predicting the following. If anyone else want's to join in the fun just add your goals in a comment to this article or e-mail them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add them in here.
Maire Treasa Beatty
1. Do the Ultra in Connemara.
2. Do six half-marathons
3. Do the Dublin Marathon!!!
Photo: - Sponsor Mr Mel Shanley Quantum Life Ireland presents Pascal Proctor with number one for the upcoming Quantum Life Dungarvan 10 mile road race. Pascal was the very first entry received on line at www.westwaterfordathletic.org for the event on Sunday February 1st at 1:00pm
QUANTUM LIFE DUNGARVAN 10 MILE ROAD RACE ENTRIES REACH 500