until Fields of Athenry 10km 2014

Paul Hession's First Round Heat in the Early Hours of Tuesday

The Whole Club is Behind You Paul!

Paul Hession's World Athletics adventure starts in the early hours of Tuesday morning Irish time. Paul goes in heat 5 of 6 which is scheduled for 11:42am Osaka time which is 03:42am Irish time. The first four in each heat will progress to the next round automatically with eight 'fastest losers' slots also on offer. Whilst absolutely nothing is guaranteed at this level of competition Paul must be hopeful of making progress to the next stage of the competition. Of the eight other athletes in his heat only Rodney Martin of the USA has run faster this season.

Set your alarm clocks.

My Nipples Are Sensitive

Sensitive Ray....!

That headline should improve the google search ratings of the Athenry site for Alan... but luckly for me it's true. More on that later. I had penciled Longford into my marathon schedule as usual late last year but what was unusual about this years race was that I had decidecd to use it as a long run in prep for yet another 3.30 attempt in September. My training started on July 2nd on hols in Portugal and went well with weeks of 47, 43 and 44 then dropping down (because of silly season in Galway) to 30, 28, 30 and 8 in the week before race day.

‘Loopers’ Head for Longford

Ray O'Connor - Longford Bound

If you’ve ever seen the film Caddyshack you’ll know that a ‘looper’ is another term for a golf caddy, presumably because they walk endless loops of the course transporting golf clubs for their patrons. If you’ve never seen Caddyshack then you really should. Since seeing that movie I’ve often thought it would be an appropriate term for runners. How often have you seen a 10k course described as a ‘flat single loop course’ - most often I suppose when there’s a bloody big hill about halfway ‘round.

Claregalway 10k - This Saturday!

Claregalway Bridge

Clare River Harriers will be hosting their annual 10k road race this Saturday the 25th of August. This race also doubles as the County Galway 10k Championships. Athenry men's teams claimed silver medals in this championship in 2005 and 2006 and we’d love to go one better this year. Brian O’Connor also claimed an individual county bronze medal at this race last year and is perhaps in the form to repeat or improve upon that performance this year.

Entries Now Open For Loughrea 5km

Loughrea Athletic Club today announced details of it's ever popular autumn road race, which takes place this year on Saturday the 29th of September at 5:00pm.

There will be prizes as follows;

1st 6 senior men
1st 6 senior women
1st three veteran men O/40, O/45, O/50, O55, O/60
1st three veteran women O/35, O/40, O/45, O/50

(Only one prize per person)

An entry form is attached to this article and should be sent to;

Martin Smith,
1 Mount Pleasant,
Phone: 091 841004

Entry Feee Euro 10.00 up to 20th Sept, Euro 15.00 for late entries after that date.

O’Connor and Carter Claim Inaugural Connemara Breakfast Run

Happy Faces In Connemara

The very first Connemara Breakfast Run in aid of juvenile athletics in County Galway took place last Saturday. Although the weather had been poor earlier in the morning by the time it was time to run conditions were near perfect in the Inagh Valley. Runners from all of the Galway clubs as well as other clubs from further afield were represented in the field of starters.

Good Luck Paul Hession

Athenry's own Paul Hession travels to Osaka this week to compete in the World Athletics Championships. For a club like Athenry AC to have a member travelling to such a prestigious championships is a great, great honour and we're all so pleased that Paul has earned this opportunity for himself.

Mary Barrett Sweeps the Boards in Tullamore

GCH's Martin Mc Evilly

The AAI/Woodie’s DIY Masters Track & Field Championships took place last Saturday and Loughrea AC’s Mary Barrett had a fantastic day of competition, claiming gold medals in no fewer than four competitions and silver in yet another. In the javelin competition Mary threw 22.79m for first place in her category (V3). She followed this up with another gold-medal performance in the women’s shot put, throwing 9.02m in the third round for 1st place.


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