Owen Curran at the 5.5 Mile Mark - Photo Credit Richard Cuddy
A couple of weekends ago four Athenry runners organised a sneak assault on the ever-popular Cork to Cobh race. This event has been a popular pre-Dublin Marathon race for many years and despite some transport issues this year continues to be a high quality race thats well worth travelling down south for.
Maire Beatty has been unstoppable this season, cleaning up prizes from race to race with seeming ease. Well this weekend Athenry's answer to Sonia O'Sullivan went international when she took part in the Chicago Marathon. For the second consecutive year the race was run in soaring temperatures. Maire texted from Chicago,
"Am just finished the Chicago Marathon in 3:48. My God it was a hard run. I am wrecked. Very hot day."
The venue for the Inter County and Juvenile Even age Championships of Ireland is Tramore Racecourse, Waterford and the Novice and Uneven age Championships will be held in Ballyhaise, Cavan. (subject to final course inspection)
GALWAY BAY 10 RESULTS 04.10.08
POSITION NUMBER TIME: FIRST NAME SURNAME ADDRESS 1 TEAM CATEGORY
1 404 53:50 Michael O'Connor Kilcolgan SM
2 457 57;53 Martin Conroy Sligo SM
3 421 58:27 Conor Moloney Bishop O'Donnell Road SM
4 379 59:43 Ian Egan Tuam Road SM40
5 477 60:35 Darragh O'Brien Loughrea SM
6 313 61:34 Kevin Doyle Lough Atalia SM
7 483 61:39 Brian Belton Bohermore SM
8 856 62:14 Gearoid Quinn Merit Medical SM45
9 326 62:23 Patrick Holohan Ardrahan SM
10 465 62:36 Larry Kelly Moycullen SM40
11 493 62:46 John O'Brien Anbally SM40
What can I say? The Galway Bay 10 Miler just blew me away. Conditions were far from ideal for running. Winds that felt like gale force (I’m sure they were not) against me for the first 3 miles and rain that just did not stop. An abundance of surface water to fill my shoes and socks. What more could I ask for? Now I know whey they call it the wild west.
I’ve never written a race report before but the Berlin Marathon last Sunday is worth a few words.
I’d been looking forward to the run for a long time, not only had I never been to Berlin before but I had heard so much about the course that I couldn’t wait for the run. The problem was that I wanted to run it well.