Kilconieron 5 mile charity run is now in its 8th year. The numbers were down from last year (172) with 121 dedicated athletes registering to brave the elements (including 17 from Athenry AC). Temperatures held at a pleasant 12 degrees with a light drizzle but it was evident that the strength of the wind was going to be a factor in this race.
1. How long have you been an Athenry AC member? This is my second year.
2. Briefly, what started you running? Increased interest in fitness.
3. What shoes do you train/race in? Mostly asics and nike.
4. What piece of running gear/apparel is your most prized possession? It has to be my watch and heart rate monitor.
5. What is your favourite event/race of the year? Kinvara half marathon.
1. How long have you been an Athenry AC member? Joined February 2010. Just over 6 years.
2. Briefly, what started you running? I couldn't jog, never mind run 50 meters. I was also overweight. My Daughter was 4 years old at this time. I needed to do something to get the weigth off and fitness up. The rest is history.
3. What shoes do you train/race in? I train in Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 / Saucony Ride 7. Race in Mizuno Musha.
The course was 10 laps of a circuit just short of 5km, so there was about a 400m run in at the start of the race. My target had been to try and get 3:30 and I was on course for that until after 35km when a combination of the rolling course, mud(!) and cold started to take its toll. The last 10km were absolutely brutal. A few encouraging shouts from my wife and daughters at the start of the last two laps helped me round, but they were fairly slow efforts.
I'm told that a blue Fields 10KM hat got a lot of exposure during the 14 February NHL game between Galway and Cork when the Galway team doctor was attending to one of his charges in full view of the television cameras with his blue hat on.
Kudos, Dr. Ian O'Connor!
Mick Rice turned M50 last week.
This news will strike fear into the heads, hearts and running shoes of all 50-somes male road runners in Galway...
Get back on the road soon, my son!
Great day in Tuam, yesterday 14 February 2016. We have everything except competitors: sun, snow and muck in particular.
Glaway cleared the boards with the men bringing back the O'Duffy Cup to Galway for the first time since 1986-87, with the woman also winning their senior title. Both Galway junior teams were second to Mayo in their respective races.
See here for a full report on proceedings.
Well Gorgeous Gort certainly lived up to it's name on Sunday with the sun coming out to play in a race for the first time this year, no wet gear or wolly hats needed for the 171 competitors that toed the line, long may it continue.....
'An Evening with sonia O'Sullivan' on 2 March @ 18:00 in Salthill Hotel
see here for more details
Formerly the Monivea Half Marathon.
More details to follow.