It is Saturday the 31st of August and I find myself in one of the more uncomfortable places a girl would like to find herself at this time of the morning, the start line of a 26.2 mile marathon. At least a hundred of ‘us marathon people’ lined up, I spotted a few Athenry singlets hovering around, getting ready, not sure what faces owned them, but they were here and that brought some element of comfort to the task that lay ahead.
Saturday night last, 31 August, saw the local action move to Shanaglish, outside Gort, and the 4th running of the Martin Egan [*] Memorial 10KM. A poorish turnout of 73 (only 27 of whom were club affiliated) took to the hills and valleys of the area, over the now familiar pan-handled course. Margaret Walsh (South Galway AC) and her local committee put on a great show and all for only E15. The organisers were a bit disappointed with the turnout on the evening, which was conducive to road racing, albeit a bit windy.
A massive crowd in Oranmore on Wednesday evening (21 August) for the second running (2011 was the first) of their out-and-back 5KM. A number of Athenry AC runners took part. The weather held up, though there was a bit of an onshore breeze to buffet the runners on the outward out. Congrats to Maree AC on a successful race. The result is here.