The Athenry 5km will held this year on my home turf, the half parish of Newcastle to the east of Athenry. Our resident cartographer, Peter Delmer, has yet again produced an excellent map to help everybody find their way there.
Athenry AC's under-age athletes had further outstanding success at the second weekend of the All-Ireland Indoor Championships this past weekend, the highlight of which was an incredible gold medal in the U16 boys 4 x 200 metre relay. Conor Caulfield had the honour of anchoring the team across the finish line in a superb win for a great squad of teenage sprinters. Conor Kindregan ran a storming opening leg, Kevin Madden took the baton on the second leg, Cathal Kelly maintained momentum on the third leg while Conor Caulfield brought the team home. The team shaved an astonishing 6 seconds off their early season performances.
This week's contribution comes from Philip Magnier. I don't think there's a runner amongst us who stretches as much as we should and so I suppose it's important to get the best out of whetever time we do devote to this activity. Philip is a big fan of AIS (Active Isolated Stretching) as proscribed by Gerard Hartmann.
In glorious weather this Saturday morning, Athenry AC's Meet and Train group 'met and trained' for the first time.
We had a good turnout, with a great mix of abilities. From complete beginners to Joggers, and others returning after a long absence.
We'll be there again next Saturday at 10am, just turn up at the Church Car Park, and we'll get you jogging or running.
[For those hoping to enter the womens mini-marathon, Closing Date is 24th April, or earlier if the limit is reached before that. ]