Preview of The Hollymount 10k by Tom Hunt (Mayo AC)
The 43rd Annual Hollymount Road Races take place in Sunday November 9th. The 3k+ course is a familiar testing one, with a stiff uphill finish along the main street in the village. Three laps make up the men's 10k, while the women just do one in their 3k race.
Many famous names in Irish athletics have done battle here over the years and once again a top class field is expected from clubs around the province and further afield as well as the traditional coachload from Liverpool.
This weekend approximately twenty Athenry runners will make the trip to the capital to take part in the Dublin City Marathon which doubles as the AAI National Marathon Championships. For the last five or six years the club has sent strong contingents to this race and each time it has proven to be one of the most enjoyable running weekends of the year. Many, many training miles have been run over the past few months and this is perhaps the best prepared 'outfit' we've ever sent to the race. Hopefully there’ll be a reward for all the hard work that has been invested.
Almost unnoticed two Athenry AC runners have been running fine marathons on distant shores. Multiple-marathon-maniac Ray O'Connor chose Amsterdam as his venue to clip off yet another fine race over the classic distance while 'Lawrence' (aka Larry) Kelly joined Maire Teresa Beatty in Chicago and ran a fine race in difficult hot and humid conditions.
Posn. No. Time Name Category
1 143 20.15 John Byrne Senior Men
2 125 20.48 Martin Conroy Senior Men
3 146 21.29 Anthony Devaney Senior Men
4 129 22.01 Martin Corcoran Male O 40
5 164 22.25 Andrew Lynskey Senior Men
6 117 22.31 Sean Gallagher Senior Men
7 116 22.45 John Connolly Male U 19
8 148 23.21 Ronnie Naylor Male O 50
9 166 23.29 David Mullins Male O 40
10 131 23.34 Thomas Neville Male O 40
11 138 23.42 Brendan Gill Senior Men
12 110 24.03 Davic Huane Senior Men
13 112 24.05 John Courell Senior Men
14 120 24.13 Michael Killeen Male O 50
The Galway County Cross Country Championships were held in Tuam's Palace Grounds for juvenile uneven ages and the various adult categories. It wasn't a day for the beach and that was for sure. As the earlier juvenile races were run off in attrocious conditions it was impossible not to admire the strength and sheer guts of the young runners who braved the wind, rain and muck to chase dreams around a park in Tuam.
Frank and Maeve near the finish in Cobh - Photo Credit Paudie Birmingham
Race Report from this year's Cork to Cobh by Frank Burke
This was Maeve’s longest race this year, you might say her marathon.
Got to Cork Saturday evening and the weather was brutal, lashing rain and a good breeze to boot. Had the usual meal before a big race, pasta washed down with a gallon of water, got back to the B&B for an early night’s kip.
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.