Nice mention of Athenry Athletic Club in an article by Ian O'Riordan (no mean runner himself!) about Johnny Donnelly on Saturday last.
Pictured Above: Johnny O'Connor describes the first hill out of Leenane.
The say that a picture speaks a thousand words.
Well, as I don't have time to write the thousand words here are some snapshots of the action in Connemara over the weekend. There was some fantastic racing out there amongst the hills and our club was well respresented in all three races with some stunning performances to boast of from our athletes.
Athenry AC's Valerie Glavin produced a stunning run in the Connemara sun yesterday to claim her first Connemara Ultra Marathon title. Running strongly from the start Valerie proved immensely strong over the tough Connemara course and came home strongly over the 'Hell of the West' to the resounding cheers of her Athenry clubmates, many of whom were there to witness her triumph.
So how fast can YOU run a mile?
Every runner, from top international athletes to the occasional jogger, lives and breathes miles.
The Connacht indoor juvenile athletic finals were held in Nenagh recently, 42 athletes from Athenry competed in these finals where they won 7 Gold, 6 Silver and 8 Bronze medals in the individual events and 1Gold and 1 Bronze medal in the relays.
The following were the individual medal winners;
The Gold medal winners were Eilis Hynes U13 Shot Putt, Stephen Coleman U13 Shot Putt, Hannah Kindregan U16 Shot Putt, Maria Cooney in the U 15 60m Hurdles and the U15 Long Jump, Orlaith McGrath in the U15 60m and Sorcha Murphy in the U17 High Jump.
You can now look up the Irish Masters national records (or officially "road best performances") for the different age categories at the new website. See the URL's below for men and women, respectively. (The records for indoor and outdoor track and field will be put up shortly).
It's a fascinating read. Galway's Gerry Ryan holds the 5k record at M40 with a time of 14:23 set in 2004. Donore Harriers' Jim McNamara holds records at several age categories for 5k, 10k, and half marathon. What about his 68 mins for the half at M45?
Results from the Ballinrobe 8km 8th March.
Picture Above: Sarah Peterson from New Jersey takes Inishbofin by storm last year...
New York With a Difference!
The ING New York City Marathon has long been recognised as one of the world's greatest experiences!
Barcelona Marathon Race Report by Grainne Breen
I stand on the Av.Reina Ma Cristina under the Montjuic Palace and the beautiful Montjuic Fountain and looking at the Plaça d’Espanya and the two large Venetian towers which I will be passing through in one moment to start my first marathon.