A great turnout on a beautiful, if slightly windy, evening in Ballindine.
The 6th and final race of this years Galway 5km Series was hosted by Tuam AC. Almost 80 athletes from Athenry AC made up a field of 632 for tonight's race. The weather (which provided an additional challenge to those running in Cork City Marathon and the VHI Womens Mini Marathon at the weekend) was kinder to us providing a pleasant evening. Although not warm for June the conditions were ideal for running.
The VHI Women's Mini Marathon is one of the biggest all women's events of it's kind in the world. This year 37,000 women ran, jogged and walked the 10km route through Dublin City. There was no escaping the inclement weather, the wind and rain were prominent throughout the run adding to the challenge but not spoiling the mood of the race now in it's 32nd year. (Last year saw a record field of 41,006).
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