Mick Rice made a successful return to his beloved long distance racing yesterday in the Longford marathon, finishing in 11th with a 2.55.01. It has been nearly two long years since Mick last lined up at the start line of a marathon & he is clearly getting back to where he wants to be.
Athenry AC were the proud winners of the Brendan Gavin Memorial Shield at the Claregalway 10KM last weekend. The shield has been fought for since 2003 and was presented by Brendan's wife Bridie, to James Lundon.
It is presented to the club who has most representatives at the race each year. The following are the winners: 2003 to 05 GCH, 2006 Mayo AC, 2007 Craughwell AC, 2008 Mayo AC & 2009 to 13 GCH.
Athenry AC members definitely made good use of the perfect running conditions tonight in Claregalway with at least seven new PB's set in Clare River Harriers' annual 10k event.
In what was the largest turnout ever for the club championships we had over 70 runners line up at the Athenry Medical Centre for this year's event, the 12th.
With the handicap system in place we had approximately 18 minutes between the first & last starter with Ray Somers the final runner out of the blocks. He duly lived up to his handicap position by taking home the prize of fastest runner on the night. The race was run over the recent 5KM Series course.
For those looking to bridge a gap between The Streets and DCM then on 23rd August there is the Achill Half-Full-Ultramarathon. This is a race organised by highly experienced runners and race organisers and is a great running experience. Our own David Noone ran the full marathon last year and thought very highly of the race. His race report from last year can be found at http://www.athenryac.com/david-noones-achill-adventure.
As always the club were huge supporters of the Streets with a huge 70 members taking part last Saturday (9 August 2014).
Top of the list was Ray Somers who ran a 27.55 for a new PB & 23rd position overall. He was followed exactly a minute later by Mick Rice who is clearly back on form after his troubles last year. We had six members dipping under the 30 minutes with Jane Ann Healy, Gearoid Rohan, David Meehan & Tomasz Kadzielawski also seeing 29.** for the first time whilst Drew Davison narrowly missed out for the second successive race with a 30.20.
Congratulations are due to the ever youthful Martin Keane as provisional results place him third in the 70 - 74 category in the National Half Marathon which was held in Dublin last Monday. Martin finished in a time of 2.05.10, just three & a half minutes off second place. Amazingly 1st place in the age group, Christy McGonagle, City of Derry, posted a fantastic 1.37.35.
A great night in and around Carnaun last evening (Friday, 25 July). Thirty people lined up and finished on what was a very warm evening for a 10KM run. edenhill77 was there to capture the race - before, during and after - with his Flickr feed being updated as I write this.
James Corbett and his crew of helpers did a fine job of getting the race off pretty much on time and then having the burgers ready to eat by the time all the finishers had come through. The result was announced within 90 minutes of the race starting too!
Tomasz Kadzielawski followed up last week's 5k win with another first place in the Castleblakeney 5k today, running a 18.39 in the process.
In the 8k race Ray Somers was 2nd male whilst Mairead Sullivan was 3rd female.
Full result and prizes is attached.
From the race organiser Vincent Conway:
It was a hard day at the office for David Noone in Belfast on Saturday as he competed in the annual Energia 24Hr Race. After struggling with his mind & body Dave stepped off the track after 11 hours with a total of 90k (56 miles) completed. He was in good company on the sidelines as last years champion, Eoin Keith, was amongst many top names who succumbed early on.