Would you like to get an early taste of the Connemara Marathon course? This year’s official race is of course a sell-out but a group of Athenry runners intend to run the course on Saturday February the 10th next as a prelude to the big event. We’ve done this a few times before, most recently a year ago and the photographic evidence can be seen at http://www.athenryac.com/image/tid/39. The idea is to get out there early and run however much of the course suits each individual on the day and also with the intention of us all reaching Maam Cross at around 11:30am. At the moment there’s about three people intending to go the full distance and some others doing the ‘half’. We can then decamp to Oughterard for refreshments.
The following is Liam Mycroft's report on the recent Raheny Five. Liam first published this report on his blog at http://www.irishrunaholic.blogspot.com/ where it and all of Liam's other musings can be found.
Sunday afternoon in January - Slightly milder than it has been for the last few days, and a lot better than last year, when I recall almost freezing at this race. The race is a very well organised event, hosted by the Raheny Shamrock Club, and this was the 23rd time the event has been run, although only the second time I have run it. Last year I ran a good 36 minutes, but this year, my training is 5 weeks behind last year due to Xmas and illness, so my expectations were nowhere near 36, I was looking to be under 45, realistically maybe around 42 minutes.
On a fine, crisp winter afternoon for cross-country running Athenry AC runners enjoyed a great outing to Sligo yesterday for the Connaught Junior and Senior Cross Country Championships. Sligo racecourse, the venue, always provides challenging conditions for such races and this year’s event was no exception. The ‘going’ was soft to heavy and bottomless only in places. Athenry got their campaign underway in the men’s junior race with Seamie Gilhooley and Adrian Healy representing the club with great distinction. Seamie was competitive from the start and this rising star of Athenry athletics came home third in a very competitive field. Adrian came home close on his heels and the only regret on the day for our juniors must have been that we were unable to find just one other athlete to make up a junior team. Congratulations to Seamie and Adrian.