News reached us over the weekend of the passing of Patricia (Patsy) Cunningham, mother in law to both James Lundon & Mick Rice, two of the founding members of Athenry Athletics Club. Everyone at the club would like to express our sincerest condolences to both families on their loss.
Reposing at Cusack's Funeral Chapel, Kilrush on Tuesday evening from 4.30 o'clock with removal at 7.30pm to St. Senans Church, Knockerra. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 12.00pm.
Sunday 19th January 2014, the finish line of the 10th edition of the Tuam AC annual 8k race. 31.38 on the clock & Frank Burke crosses the line, pipped at the post by Kieran Guiry a second earlier in what was one in a series of great results for Kieran but what signalled the beginning of Franks ‘Annus Horribilis’ as one injury set back after another had Frank doubting he would line up at another start line again.
As early morning dawned on the 26th there were memories brewing of St Stephens Day 2012 when we nearly renamed our annual 10k ‘The Lakes of Athenry’ such was the volume of water on the course. With the temperature hovering just around the 2° coupled with a biting wind & torrential rain it was a day to stay in bed. But runners are a strange breed & as this year’s record number of entrants started arriving there was hardly a grumble to be heard. Dealing with diverse weather conditions is just a part of racing in Ireland and after a while you just tend not to notice anymore.
Ron Hill ran a few miles today to get to 50 years not out, running every single day in that time for at least one mile. A true legend of our sport!
See the BBC article here on the 5KM event he ran today to complete the streak.
Ron was In Galway at least once (probably twice) in recent times and a few members of Athenry AC got to meet him and his wife on at least one of the occasions, Dave Dunne and Martin Keane amongst others - see above.
Congrats to Mary Kealy who was 4th (and first master) woman home in the BDN 10KM this afternoon, Sunday 14 December! She was decked out in AAC singlet and green Fields hat all the way through. Bernie Mulryan almost broke 45 minutes and was 7th woman home.
James Lundon ran his 43rd race of the year, clocking low 43s, somewhat off his sub-42 a few weeks ago. The AAC Christmas Party must have taken more out of him than he thought it might! Club stalwart James Corbett also ran his 9th race since August and is continuing to improve his times.