Peadar Saves the Day

Peadar Nugent Ballybofey 2007

The 2007 Athenry contingent that set out for Ballybofey were realistic in their outlook this year. After the high point of collecting Senior Men’s Team Bronze at the same event last year, this assault on the National Half Marathon Championship was certainly more in hope than in expectation.

Results & Image Gallery of the Claregalway 10k Available

Many thanks to Tom Kilgarriff for a copy of the full results, posted in four different formats below.

Adrian Fitzmaurice of Clare River Harriers has provided us with a fine selection of photographs from the recent Claregalway 10k road race, including many photographs of people as they crossed the line.

Many thanks to Adrian for making these available. Also, if anyone wants a full quality version of any of the pictures in this gallery just give me a shout at

Loughrea Triathlon Festival - Volunteers Needed

Predator Duathlon 2007 - Athenry

Athenry based Predator Triathlon Club will be hosting the first ever Loughrea Triathlon Festival on Saturday and Sunday the 22nd and 23rd of September next. This is a huge undertaking for a recently established club and a considerable logistical challenge. Preparations have been in full swing for quite a while and all seems to be set fair for a great weekend of sport on land and water. This triathlon festival is a major contribution to the sporting life of the County generally and that our sister club in Athenry is leading the charge is something we’re proud of.

Andy's Italian Job

Galway masters athlete Andy Talbot of Clare River Harriers will travel to San Giovani in Marignano, Italy this weekend for the World Masters Athletics Stadia Championships. Andy will take place his place on the Irish team for the 8km cross country event next Tuesday the 4th of September and joins a strong Irish team which includes Pat O’Shea and hopes are high for a strong team performance.

Paul Exits Osaka at Semi Final Stage

Paul Hession

Athenry's Paul Hession made his exit from the World Athletics Championships this afternoon at the semi-final stage finishing sixth in his semi-final race. Paul had already fulfilled his stated ambition of making the semi-final of this event and so he must return home satisfied to some extent. Given the fantastic standard he has set on the track this spring and summer perhaps he may be slightly disappointed not to make the breakthrough into his first world championship final.

Paul Through To Semi-Final

Athenry AC's Paul Hession won his quarter final race today at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka to advance to the semi final of his event tomorrow. The lineup for Paul's race is given below. The first four finishers in this race will qualify for the final later the same day. The race is due off at 02:28pm Irish time.

Don't miss it.

Mens 200m Semi Final Draw - Osaka 2007
Mens 200m Semi Final Draw - Osaka 2007

Paul Hession's First Round Heat in the Early Hours of Tuesday

The Whole Club is Behind You Paul!

Paul Hession's World Athletics adventure starts in the early hours of Tuesday morning Irish time. Paul goes in heat 5 of 6 which is scheduled for 11:42am Osaka time which is 03:42am Irish time. The first four in each heat will progress to the next round automatically with eight 'fastest losers' slots also on offer. Whilst absolutely nothing is guaranteed at this level of competition Paul must be hopeful of making progress to the next stage of the competition. Of the eight other athletes in his heat only Rodney Martin of the USA has run faster this season.

Set your alarm clocks.

My Nipples Are Sensitive

Sensitive Ray....!

That headline should improve the google search ratings of the Athenry site for Alan... but luckly for me it's true. More on that later. I had penciled Longford into my marathon schedule as usual late last year but what was unusual about this years race was that I had decidecd to use it as a long run in prep for yet another 3.30 attempt in September. My training started on July 2nd on hols in Portugal and went well with weeks of 47, 43 and 44 then dropping down (because of silly season in Galway) to 30, 28, 30 and 8 in the week before race day.


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