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.
A dreary wet morning greeted the 4 Athenry AC members (Myself, David Noone, Ian Pomphrett and Drew Davison) along with the other 180 or so competitors in Kiltimagh on Saturday morning for Race2Glory. The task ahead: 17kms of running terrain comprised of road, trail, bog, river and a bloody big hill, and another 23kms of terrain on bike which also included another bloody big hill.Dave having completed the race a few years previous offered some sound advice..... “Yeah the first hill is a bit tough alright, kinda like Ryehill”.
See attached which has just been received by the AAC.com news desk...
Galway Adult Track & FieldCountyChampionships - 10th July 2014.
We arrived at registration in Dangan Sports track and signed up for 3 events. Both of us in the same category - Masters F35.
1st event - The High Jump.
Officials: Have you ever done this before?
Assumpta & Flora: Nope.
Officials: Now ladies, you need to be technically aware of the event you are taking part in.
Flora: Ah give us a shot.
Assumpta: Go on, we’re quick learners.
It was a successful weekend on the roads for the club with two members placing first in races across the country.
In Portarlington on Saturday morning, Dee Grady ran a 3.20.19 marathon for a 16minute PB, 6th place overall & first female home at the Marathon des Escargots. Dee is showing great form recently & also had a podium finish & sub 19 5k in the Shannon Airport Runway 5k last weekend.