The Running Year Of 2006 - What Was It Like For Me (And One Other)!

My (James Lundon) own running year in numbers:

Miles 1012.51
Days 157
Hours 126:45:17
Pace 7:31
Races 29

Made up of the following:

Date DistM Time Race
02/01/2006 4.97 0:32:05 Tuam 8KM
10/01/2006 1.00 0:05:29 HP Winter Series #3
21/02/2006 1.00 0:05:16 HP Winter Series #5
05/03/2006 10.00 1:05:40 Ballycotton 10M
12/03/2006 1.00 0:05:37 Ballybrit Blowout
26/03/2006 26.20 3:53:03 Connemarathon Full
15/04/2006 6.22 0:42:27 Craughwell series #1
23/04/2006 6.22 0:41:04 AAI 10KM
09/05/2006 3.11 0:19:53 Galway Series #1 (Athenry)

Fastest Irish Man Ever - Paul Hession of Athenry AC

Paul Hession smashed the Irish 60M indoor record last night in Austria, clocking an unbelievable 6.66 seconds!

More details here.

Thi run was enough to win Paul the prestiguous Connacht Tribune Sports Star Of The Week award. Former winners include Paul McNamara etc.

Connacht Tribune - Sports Star Of The Week 2 February 2007
Connacht Tribune - Sports Star Of The Week 2 February 2007

Connacht Tribune - Full Article 2 February 2007
Connacht Tribune - Full Article 2 February 2007

Connemara Fun Run III

Connemara Fun Run Feb' 2006
Connemara Fun Run Feb' 2006

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 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.

Raheny Five Miler Report

The Spoils of Participation...
The Spoils of Participation...

The following is Liam Mycroft's report on the recent Raheny Five. Liam first published this report on his blog at 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.

Twenty Questions for ... Peter Lowney

Peter Lowney
Peter Lowney

1. What running shoes do you train in?

Asics Gel Cumulus.

2. How many miles did you run last week?

0, am still recovering from tendonitis.

3. What's your favourite racing distance?


4. Where's you favourite place to train?

Around Dooradoyle and Cashel.

5. What's your favourite race or event each year?

Dundrum 10k in Tipperary or the streets of Galway.

Athenry Take Connaught Cross Country Medals


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.


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