Ballycotton 2008 - Caption Competition - We Have A Winner!

What's Your Caption?

And the winner is TJ Beatty with his glorious observation...

"I heard that the course was waterlogged, but this is ridiculous!!!!!"

Much respect to Mr.Delmer for being such a sport about this. Given that this competition was so popular I'll have to repeat it again soon. If you see me with a camera - watch out - you have been warned!

TJ - I have a hat for you !


Ok - This is our First Annual Post-Ballycotton Weekend Caption Competition or the FAPBWCC as I pretend to prefer to call it.

Peter Delmer Scorches Ballycotton 10

Athenry AC on tour

Peter Delmer led the Athenry AC contingent home in some considerable style yesterday at the Ballycotton 10 mile road race in Co. Cork. Peter, who has been in cracking form lately, was running his last race before entering the ranks of the over-forties. He ran a superb race to finish in 29th position overall from 2204 finishers and record the fastest time in recent years by any Athenry AC runner of 57:22. The only downside to Peter’s performance is that he’s probably going to need surgery to allow him to stop smiling anytime at all within the next six months.

Maura Falsey's Barcelona Marathon (and PB)

Maura after Barca

"Well done", "Wow", "Congrats"........these are some of the replies which I received to my texts after achieving a PB in Barcelona. James Lundon's reply read:


Well, here goes, James.

I didn't tell many that I was running the Barcelona marathon as I wasn't too confident of even finishing it. I had a little trouble with my hip (thanks to too much set dancing over Christmas) and had only managed one 18 mile training run. I had run an average of 35 miles a week since Christmas with lots of 10 to 13 mile runs.

The Annual Ballycottonfest

The Annual Ballycottonfest is almost upon us. The final days of tapering have arrived, when every run feels like a drag, you catch a cold, the dog bites you and you just know you're not prepared well enough. Don't worry, if that's how you feel you can rest assured that everybody else feels the same.

The Athenry mob to descend on this year's race is

Dave Dunne
Mick Rice
Liam Mycroft
Conor Dolan
James Lundon
Frank Burke
Maeve Noone
Maire T Beatty
Peter Delmer
Alan Burke
Johnny O'Connor
Cathal McLaughlin

Had Enough Rugby?

by John O'Connor

The 36th IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Edinburgh, Scotland which takes place on 30 March 2008, looks to be heading for the greatest ever participation in the history of this the oldest of the IAAF World Athletics Series competitions.

Details of the Mizuno Donegal Grand Prix Series Announced

Sponsors of The 2008 Series

The Donegal Athletic Board, in association with Mizuno and Brian McCormick Sports have announced details of their forthcoming Grand Prix Series of Races which will be held over 2008.

Details of races and contact numbers for each event are given below.

Grand Prix Fixture List 2008

Date Location Time Contact

Race 1 04/05/2008 North West 10K,Letterkenny 3:00pm B.McDaid 0868113947
Race 2 09/05/2008 Culdaff 5k + I Mile Juvenile 7:30pm Niall Mc Gee 0863426698
Race 3 16/05/2008 Ballyshannon 5k 7.30pm J.Flanaghan 0860742406

Great Turnout for Athenry Fit4Life - OFFICIAL RESULT released

Fit4Life - Fun and Games

Building on the success of the recent Fit4Life 5km race in Craughwell the women (and one or two men) of the Athenry Fit4Life group made their own contribution to the ever growing success of this style of running and walking. Established by the AAI to provide absolutely everyone, irrespective of age or ability, an opportunity to get involved in some enjoyable exercise in a friendly atmosphere, the Fit4Life programme has been a huge success all around Co.Galway.

Muck and Misery?

Paul Mac in Belfast

Muck and Misery?

Sometime late last year, I made a promise, to nobody in particular, that I would travel to Belfast to make up a team for the Senior Inter-Clubs Cross-Country race. Paul McNamara was fired up for this race for a long time after a disappointing run at the Inter-Counties in the Curragh, and Mick Rice never misses a chance to represent his club when the call comes. Brian Bruton made up three, and thus my promise was called in.

I had to go north.


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