2007 saw the return of Cork City Marathon after 21 years (1986). The five marathons in the 80's attracted substantial participants, peaking in 1984 when 1,138 runners took part (including our very own Martin Keane pictured above!). Today saw over 7,000 athletes run through the streets of Cork City defying the bank holiday's wet and windy weather. Athenry AC had representation in both the Marathon and Half Marathon events. Conditions were tough. Cork is a city of hills and valleys and the rain and wind provided an additional challenge to all.
The penultimate race of the series brought us to Galway Airport in Carnmore. A new location this year so nobody really knew what to expect!
We assumed it would be flat and as it was open ground it would probably be windy. We were not disappointed! After the race someone described it as "it wasn't flat but it wasn't hilly! It presented a different challenge and some enjoyed the unique opportunity to run on a runway!
Valerie Glavin completed the Newry Marathon on Sunday last in 3 hrs 37 mins. It is only 3 weeks since she ran Limerick Marathon crossing the line in 3 hrs 53 mins. Two marathons in 3 weeks would be enough for most of us but not for Val! She is off to Cork to run another marathon on Monday next 1st June and Wexford the following Sunday. After that....we'll have to wait and see! Good luck in the next two races and keep us posted!
This is an especial favourite race of Athenry AC, and a chance for anyone to win, once you know your own pace. The race is organised by a very good friend of the club's too, Dave Huane.
There are a few local athletes who are very expert at judging their own pace, namely (Big) Michael Walsh of Craughwell AC and (Bald) Brendan Monaghan of Tuam AC.
Who can stop them this year?
The fourth annual Mayfly 10km took place yesterday Sunday (24 May) in Oughterard. The course is a challenging one but ultimately rewarding as it takes in some of the most beautiful views along the shore of Lough Corrib.
Starting in the heart of Oughterard Viillage the race continued out the scenic Glann Road and along the lakeside on the high road and finishing back in the village.
Her second year to take part in this race, Deirdre Brophy, making her debut in Athenry AC colours, was the second woman to cross the line in 42.59 mins. Congrats Deirdre!
Lough Cultra situated in close proximity to Gort hosted a variety of triathlon distances yesterday within the beautiful grounds of Lough Cultra Castle. The event catered for all levels of athletes from those who wished to try a tri to the more challenging half iron man.
Super Sprint 400m/20km/4km
Sprint Plus 800m/40km/8km
Olympic standard 1500m/40km/10km
Middle half iron distance 1.9km/90km/21km
The Sligo Fit 4 Life Womens 5K series kicked off on Tuesday the 19th May with the first event in the Series taking place at Skreen/Dromard.. Races start at 7.30pm sharp. There is an Achievement Award for the 10 most improved times over the series (top 10 finishers excluded from the awards). For more details check out Sligo Athletic Club Facebook page.
Mayo AC have launched their two annual race series. They are the Mayo
AC 2015 Move2Improve series of seven races and their 6th Summer 5k
Series of five races on Tuesday evenings starting on May 26th. Both
series of races are sponsored by Vodafone who continue their valued
support of athletics in Mayo.
These events have proven to be a tremendous success in recent years
and are a great opportunity to achieve personal goals in a relaxed
The fourth race of the series was hosted in Claregalway tonight. A field of 641 took part, 71 from Athenry AC.
Craughwell's Damien Larkin was first man across the line in 17.26 with Athenry's Lyall Guiney finishing close behind in 17.38 and Kevin Carr in 3rd place with a time of 17.51.
Jane Ann Healy took the honours for the ladies in 18.18 with GCH Grainne Ni Uallachain completing the race in 18.42. Sue Redmond just under a minute behind in 19.38.
Photos on Facebook