A warm welcome awaits in Swinford, Co. Mayo for all who make the trip for the 5th race in the Mayo AC race series. Swinford AC host the Swinford 8km Road Race on Sunday, August 3rd 2008 at 5pm and it promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Ngong Hill Run
By Tony Daley - Athenry AC and Predator Tri Club Athenry
When I knew I was heading out to Africa, I knew that my triathlon training would not be able to carry on. The thing I did know was that my running would. I’ve been to Africa a few times and always found some fantastic places and trails to run on.
Paul Hession landed a superb double at the Cork City Sports at the weekend winning both the 100m and 200m against strong international fields. In particular his winning time of 10.21 in the 100m was another indication of his excellent current form. A number of Athenry menbers made the trip down to Cork to support Paul and they were rewarded with another stunning display of power and technique.
Another Galway clubman, Sean Breathnach of GCH put up a fine display of Shot Putting against some of the best throwers in the world in Cork with a throw of 15.05. Congrats Sean!
The weather holds off as Mark Davis wins Headford 8km.
A crowd of over 160 included 26 Athenry AC athletes as the Headford organisers pulled out all the stops for another good evening.
On a beautiful Summers evening last Saturday, July 12th, the town of Headford hosted the 4th annual Headford 8k Charity Road Race. The race was a huge success with 163 competitors taking part on the day. A well organised event and challenging course helped make it a very enjoyable evening and it was smiles all round for those involved.
Although she lives and works in England many Athenry AC members will be familiar with marathon and ultramarathon runner Selina D Silva (aka Shades) from her adventures at the Connemara Marathon, Longford Marathon, Cork Marathon and various other Irish races. Last May our very own Ray O'Connor became the first Irish man to complete the Brathay 10 Marathons in 10 Days Challenge and Shades took part in the same event. Shades has kindly agreed that we can reproduce her blow-by-blow account of her big adventure on www.athenryac.com and we do so below.
Paul Hession had another great race in Greece last night posting a fastest ever 20.26 seconds for 200m in what was unfortunately an illegal wind of (+3.0 m/s). Paul will return from Greece to take on both the 100m and 200m at the Cork City Sports this weekend and we obviously wish him well. Although Paul has won the 200m at the Cork meeting for the last two years he won't have it all his own way by any means.
There's a preview of Paul's involvement in Cork on the AAI site at;
The full result of the Thessaloniki meeting can be found at;
Unfortunately the Galway 5km Series has concluded for this year but if you want to look back at some of the action from the Loughrea leg of the series, Loughrea AC have posted some video of the race on their site at -
See if you can spot yourself!
The weather gods look favourably upon track & field athletics in Galway, or so it would seem given yet another beautiful evening in Dangan after a day of torrential rain and winter temperatures. But by 8pm on Thursday July 3rd the sky was blue and the sun shined. The evening reflected the atmosphere on the track where a strong entry and quality competition made for a thoroughly enjoyable evening of athletics. Full results attached.
Once upon a dark and dreary day, in the middle of last year as I drove to work, I wished I was out running rather then dragging my sorry arse in the direction of the office. Inspiration hit and a few phone calls later I had arranged to run from Louisburgh to Leenaun in Connemara the following week. I was joined by Ray and Peter that day and I don't think any of us will ever forget the beauty of the Doo Lough Valley and a thirst quenching end-of-run pint in Leenaun. We didn't rush, we stopped to look and take it all in and we ran, walked, talked and laughed.