The Athlone ¾ Marathon was on Sunday 4th October. The race in its 5th year started in the lovely village of Glasson just outside Athlone. The route a fantastic running experience with its beautiful scenic views but also challenging and many run this race in preperation for DCM at the end of the month. The course takes in magnificent lakeside views around Lough Ree on quite country roads passing local historical sites. Just over 800 athletes took part the challenge of running the 31.646km or 19.664 miles!
Lyall finished 6th in today's Cork to Cobh 15 mile road race in approx 1:28:20. This was a big target race for Lyall as it is an indicator for the New York marathon which takes place in 4 weeks.
Beautiful weather conditions matched the superb condition of the palace grounds in Tuam for this years County cross country. James Lundon and co. had precedings running like clockwork, great organisation by all involved
Some fantastic juvenile races kept us entertained prior to the adult events. Emma Moore (Caroline's daughter) stormed home in the U12's while Tomas and Jane Mangans sons Geordan and Fabien were in flying form also to name but a few.
Galway Bay 10km, Half Marathon and Marathon all kicked off on this morning. The race started and finished alongside the famous Claddagh Quay on the edge of Galway City. The Marathon was the first race of the day starting at 9.00am. Weather conditions were perfect (although it felt a bit cold while standing around!). 203 runners lined up to take on the course, a lovely flat route of 4 laps.
So with the countdown begun to our annual trek to Dublin it's time to unveil our secret weapon for the National Marathon Championships, the one & only Haile Gebrselassie.
The winner of two Olympic Gold medals, four Worlds Outdoor & four Worlds Indoor Golds plus long time holder of the marathon distance world record, Haile has recently retired from elite competition & is looking for a new target. Athenry AC have been lucky enough to convince him that his next challenge lies in the West of Ireland.
From: Michael Tobin
Subject: Results of today's Galway Primary Schools Cross Country finals
A big well done to all of the participants in today's primary schools cross country!
The weather smiled on us again on a glorious day in Renmore. Thanks to Renmore GAA club for the use of their changing rooms, to Galway City Council for the use of the playing fields, to the Civil Defence for the provision of first aid and to the army of helpers who as always help us to run off a very efficient event.
Just over 220 athletes took part in Loughrea Athletic Club's inaugural 8km road race today. There were two events, a Fun Run for children at 1.30pm followed by the 8km at 2.30pm. A new distance and new route, the race comprised of two 4km laps of the town (similar to the route for the 5km series). The route was flat (as advertised!) with an elevation of only 6 meters! The sun shone and temperatures hit an unexpected but glorious 18 degrees. It was hot! There was an onshore breeze as we ran in the direction of the lake which was welcome.
Longford Marathon 2015 – Race Report
On the way to this race, a pal asked me what time I thought I’d run. I said that, all going well, with a fair wind (or none) and a pinch of good luck, the best I could hope for was around 2:52 – but that over 3:00 was entirely possible. In short, I really hadn’t a freaking clue. In light of how things worked out on the day, I won’t really complain.
The Oranmore Coast Road 5km saw approx 114 athletes take part in this year's race. Matt Bidwell GCH won the race in 15.51 with Fergal Walsh just over 1 min behind crossing the line in 16.57. Michael Flanagan was third 17.21 and Athenry's James Corbett finished in 20.55.
For the ladies Barbara Dunne took the honours clocking 18.50. Athenry's Deirdre Brophy completed the distance in 19.35 taking second place. Edel Kelly took third place in 19.43. Congrats to all!
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