I travelled to Dungarvan - my hometown - on Saturday with my husband; he was on chauffer duty for the weekend! We arrived mid-afternoon and chilled with my parents for the day (I did ditch Donal for a bit as I caught up with an old school pal, nothing like a bit of bonding with the in-laws for a few hours).
Word came through on Sunday morning via Twitter as follows: "Valerie Glavin 2nd Woman with 217.809k; Ruthann Sheehan 7th Woman with 188.714k; Mick Rice 30th Man 165.545k; Ray O'Connor 58th Man with 122.083k;" In the previous 24 hours, four members of Athenry AC had particpated in (and finished) a 24 hour race in Finland and these were the final results. Valerie Glavin clocked up 217.908KM! That is 135.34023800994873 miles to be very precise. The equivalent on 5.16 marathons or a five-plus marathons back to back at 4:39 pace!
For the avoidance of any confusion, the Connacht Senior & Junior cross-country races which had originally been scheduled for this Sunday are not now going ahead as had originally been planned. It was agreed at the recent Connacht AAI AGM to defer these races to a date yet to be agreed next September or October.