And the winner is TJ Beatty with his glorious observation...
"I heard that the course was waterlogged, but this is ridiculous!!!!!"
Much respect to Mr.Delmer for being such a sport about this. Given that this competition was so popular I'll have to repeat it again soon. If you see me with a camera - watch out - you have been warned!
Peter Delmer led the Athenry AC contingent home in some considerable style yesterday at the Ballycotton 10 mile road race in Co. Cork. Peter, who has been in cracking form lately, was running his last race before entering the ranks of the over-forties. He ran a superb race to finish in 29th position overall from 2204 finishers and record the fastest time in recent years by any Athenry AC runner of 57:22. The only downside to Peter’s performance is that he’s probably going to need surgery to allow him to stop smiling anytime at all within the next six months.
"Well done", "Wow", "Congrats"........these are some of the replies which I received to my texts after achieving a PB in Barcelona. James Lundon's reply read:
I EXPECT A REPORT FOR THE WEB SITE. GOOD WORK!!!
Well, here goes, James.
I didn't tell many that I was running the Barcelona marathon as I wasn't too confident of even finishing it. I had a little trouble with my hip (thanks to too much set dancing over Christmas) and had only managed one 18 mile training run. I had run an average of 35 miles a week since Christmas with lots of 10 to 13 mile runs.
The Annual Ballycottonfest is almost upon us. The final days of tapering have arrived, when every run feels like a drag, you catch a cold, the dog bites you and you just know you're not prepared well enough. Don't worry, if that's how you feel you can rest assured that everybody else feels the same.
The Athenry mob to descend on this year's race is
Maire T Beatty
The 36th IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Edinburgh, Scotland which takes place on 30 March 2008, looks to be heading for the greatest ever participation in the history of this the oldest of the IAAF World Athletics Series competitions.
Building on the success of the recent Fit4Life 5km race in Craughwell the women (and one or two men) of the Athenry Fit4Life group made their own contribution to the ever growing success of this style of running and walking. Established by the AAI to provide absolutely everyone, irrespective of age or ability, an opportunity to get involved in some enjoyable exercise in a friendly atmosphere, the Fit4Life programme has been a huge success all around Co.Galway.
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.
In the midst of a busy weekend, one notable achievement almost went unnoticed.
Tucked away in the results from the Adare 10km was a prizewinner in the V45 sectiom, Maire Teresa Beatty. Obviously those hard yards at the track are paying off.