Congrats to the organisers on reaching 10 with their running of a series of permitted races out in Annaghdown on Sunday, 19 June. I was very sorry to miss it, having competed in all previous 9. It was not to be on what looked like a really difficult day for racing - both my car and the Limerick hurlers let me down very badly that day. Deirdre Brophy (Athenry AC) was the first woman how in a time very close to 40 minutes. Congrats.
Screengrabs of the 10KM result and prize winners is attached.
See here for one of the many articles done before & after the recent Cork Marathon regarding Kay and Joe O'Regan (ex-Kinvara) of Enniscorthy [both proud Slaney Olympic club stalwarts] and their finishing the full distance, both 80. I had the great pleasure of meeting them 5 or 6 years ago out in Connemara after Kay finished that full there. Wonderful people, both full of the joys of life.
I first broke 3 hours in the 2012 Cork marathon, running 2:53. Every marathon I ran in 2013, 2014 and 2015 was under 3 hours. In order, these were a 2:54, a 2:52, a 2:45 (pb from Connemara 2014), a 2:47, a 2:58, a 2:48 and another 2:54. I say this for perspective, because last Monday June 6th in Cork, I ran a relatively slow 3:08:31... yet it was one of the most enjoyable marathons I've ever run.
Indulge me please: I need to write a little about the last six months first, before describing this race.
Jane Ann has been selected amongst the top female distance runners in the country for the marathon mission panel. This panel will see the coming together of the top distance runners in the country for some training sessions and guidance. The marathon mission was first launched in the run up to London 2012 and has seen many of our Olympic athletes take part.
As the tar melted around the roads of Athenry we made the trip to Sixmilebridge in Clare for the annual BMOH 10km in glorious sunshine. Chris made an unusual comment for an Irishman as we hit the M18 near Gort that "thankfully it looks like there may be some cloud cover ahead". This weather prediction did not ring true.