The Western Region Cross Country mens and womens Intermediate and Masters Championship races for 2006 were held in Dangan, Galway yesterday the 5th of November. After a strong program of juvenile races incorporating the Western Region even-ages races for boys and girls, the adults had their turn on a fine autumn day. Many athletes were familiar with the layout from previous Galway and regional championships but that didn't make the work of actually running laps of the course any easier. With recent dry weather the going was firm underfoot and the races were exceptionally well organised. Starter Oliver Geraghty made efficient work of getting each race underway with the minimum of fuss and delay and PJ Coyle and his team of stewards and administrators deserve great praise for their managment of entries, medals and results. There was no room for any possible complaint from any athlete adult or juvenile and for that the organisational team deserve the thanks of all concerned.
The Galway AAI Annual General Meeting will take place in Kinsella’s, Loughrea, on Tuesday 14th November starting at 8.30pm. The main items on the agenda will be reports from the various officers and the election of officers for 2006 and motions.
Motions can be put forward on the night. Each club is entitled to two voting delegates. All delegates must be registered in Galway.
Not to be forgotten in the post-marathon madness are the upcoming cross country races this weekend in Dangan. Sunday the 5th of November will see a full program of races comprising of the U12/14/16/18 Connaught Cross Country Championship races as well as the adult Intermediate and Master Championships for the same region. The programme commences at 12:00 noon with senior races due for the off sometime around 01:00pm.
If any Athenry members want to take part in any of the senior races they can contact one of the organisers, PJ Coyle, directly, at email@example.com or get in touch with Mick Rice @ 087-2896989.
A Personal Dublin Marathon Race Report by Peter Delmer
Peter in Dublin 2005
To say I was well tapered for this race was an understatement – although the training had gone well all summer, the last four or five weeks saw a major drop off in mileage. Each year it’s the same thing – I set out to do eighteen weeks of hard training for Dublin but with a month or so to go my enthusiasm drops. I get it hard to keep getting out there every morning especially as the darkness persists later into my morning runs during late September and October. Each year I swear that I’ll only train for twelve weeks next year, but come early June I can’t resist – I just have to start training for Dublin. Next year I’ll probably repeat the pattern.
Athenry AC had a great day out at the 27th Dublin City Marathon yesterday. We should be proud that a small club from the West of Ireland managed to field nine athletes in club colours yesterday, all of whom managed to complete the course. There were quite a few notable performances on the day. First and foremost amongst those performances was that given by Paul McNamara. It had taken quite a bit of persuading on the part of some of the running 'mortals' in the club to convince Paul to take on the daunting prospect of 26.2 miles of road-racing for the very first time. He made a decision to race at the very last moment and in fairness to him he never had the chance to train specificaly for this his debut marathon. Given these severe limitations his second place finish in the National Championships, which were run concurrently with the main event, was an absolutely outstanding performance. Paul sliced through the field in the second half of the race to complete the distance in 2:25:42, posting a negative split of over five minutes in the process.