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.

McNamara and Thornton To The Fore in Belfast

There were two Galway men to the fore at today's AAI National Inter Club Cross Country Championships in Belfast and a further two playing a valuable supporting role. Athenry AC's Paul McNamara and Galway City Harrier Gary Thornton both ran superb races to finish well inside the top ten places and earned selection onto the Irish Team for the forthcoming World Cross Country Championships. Paul McNamara will be particularly pleased with this effort and this run represents another leap forward in form after a short while away from competitive action during summer 2007.

The Inagh Valley Blues

Ray and The Mountain Exchange Views

Connemara Marathon Race Director, Athenry AC member and all 'round good-egg Ray O'Connor publishes a semi-regular blog on preparations for the big event in April. He's kindly given us permission to reproduce his latest blog entry. The blog itself can be found at

Take it away Ray...


So it's 7.55 am in a windy Inagh Valley and I'm building a small pile of rocks.

Get off the tarmac!

Grassy routes can be difficult to find in Galway and very few people can maintain some level of sanity while constantly circling a football pitch. Most people are aware of the fine facilities at the NUIG Grounds in Dangan, but a less well known facility exists on the other side of the city.

Tauranga Half Ironman - New Zealand

Deirdre Hassett is a Galway-based athlete who competes in a plethora of events including road races, triathlons, soccer and tag rugby tournaments to name a few. A member of the Galway Triathlon Club, Deirdre recently travelled to New Zealand in the company of Helen Lavin (whose ultramarathon trail run reports have featured here before) to spend a few weeks on holiday and to compete in a Half Ironman Triathlon.

Deirdre's race report is excellent and well worth a read. Enjoy....


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