Just under four years ago, Mick Rice, James Lundon, Dermot McNamara and I met in my kitchen to re-start the senior branch of Athenry Athletic Club. In the interim it has been a joy to watch the club grow, to share in the successes, to play a part in the rejuvenation of adult athletics in Galway and to deliver a good road race to the running community once a year in December. Yesterday all of those efforts at rebuilding the club culminated in a little piece of Athenry AC history.
Athenry AC had quite a day at the races in Letterkenny yesterday at the AAI National Half Marathon Championships. Led home by club stalwart Paul McNamara (1:07:48) in a superb individual third position the remaining Athenry team bunched well behind him. Brian O’Connor was next past the post in a highly competitive 1:17:01 and Peter Delmer completed the scoring in 1:18:50. Mick Rice was next past the post closely pursued by both our webmaster Alan Burke and Gary Doherty.
Road running enthusiasts will switch their attention to Co.Donegal where the AAI organised National Half-Marathon Championships will take place. This is a race where Galway clubs have performed particularly well in the past and indeed GCH fielded the winning men’s team last year. Although the course for this has remained a closely guarded secret I suppose there’s always a few hills on any stretch of Donegal road and with blustery and wet weather predicted it could well be a tough race.
Athenry AC will field a full team in the men’s race headed up by our double national champion Paul McNamara. Paul will have Peter Delmer, Alan Burke, Gary Doherty, Brian O’Connor and Mick Rice for company. Although Paul McNamara has just completed an arduous track season he may just have enough fitness left to run well over the hills of Donegal. As a team Athenry will be anxious to improve on their 16th place finish last year in Carlow.
Never Again Without Training - Seb Locteau's Ironman
Triathlon report 20 August 2006
As you know, I did Kildysart 4miles, Headford 8km, Swinford 4.5 miles, Westport 13 miles and the Streets in 14 days, to see if my body could take it and especially my back. I do not recommend to anybody to do what I did especially if you are injured like me awaiting surgery. However, we all know that sport is a drug and that my mind is trained better than my body.
Congratulations to the Longford Marathon Organisers and Sponsors on another outstanding set of races yesterday. Extracted results are below and a link is given to the event site where full detailed results can be accessed. Congratulations also to our own competitors on the day, Ray and Johnny O'Connor completed the full and half marathons respectively and Owen Curran, Michael McMahon and Garry Doherty blitzed the half marathon. Owen's time of 1:27:38 for the half being particularly impressive.
The Claddagh, Galway
One of the most keenly anticipated running events on the Irish Athletics Calendar takes place this weekend in Longford. The www.RunRepublic.ie sponsorred event will include a marathon and a half marathon option and looks set to be another huge success for the race organisers and sponsors. The Longford Marathon has grown greatly in stature over recent years becoming one of the premier road racing events in the nation. Both the quality and number of athletes entering has increased markedly in recent years.
So you might have noticed that the website has been updated.
Or maybe not.
Much of the work was behind the scenes, to make administration and updates smoother.
The biggest change is how the photos are handled. The image galleries now have a nice smooth way to navigate from one photo to the next. If you hover the mouse to the left or right of an image in the pop-up window, you can move from one photo to the next smoothly.
(Story from The AAI Website)
Paul Hession produced one of the finest performances ever by an Irish sprinter when running 20.56 (+1.0) for the 200m in Malmo, Sweden tonight. Paul was 4th in a close race which was won by Australian Patrick Johnson. What made the feat the more impressive was that he finished within 1/10th of a second of European silver medalist Johan Wissman. Paul Brizzel’s Irish Record of 20.54 now looks very much in danger with Hession seemingly improving in every race.
Paul Hession - Helsinki 2005: Paul Hession - Helsinki 2005
(Story from The AAI Website)
Paul Hession was in sparkling form today at the Resisprint International in La Chaux de Fonds in Switzerland. The Athenry native clocked a magnificent personal best of 10.42 when coming first in the B final of the 100m run into a negative 0.2 m/s wind. Hession later went on to finish 2nd in the 200m in a time of 20.76, which is all the more impressive considering it was run into a headwind of 1.5 m/s. Paul will be hoping for better conditions when he runs in Malmo, Sweden next Tuesday night.