After the thunder, lightning & stormy showers died down early in the evening, leg four of this years series was held in a wet Claregalway on Tuesday last with over 570 runners braving the elements for another PB attempt.
Galway City Harriers continued their dominance of the series again this week with first two men home, Owen Byrne & Conor Dolan, followed up by Timmy Glavey of Mayo AC whilst the first two women home remained unchanged again with Regina Casey first home followed by Jane Ann Healy. Collette Touhy of Mayo AC was third woman home.
A crowd of almost 200 runners took to the start line for the RNLI Roundstone Bay 8K in Connemara on Saturday. The rain held off for the duration of the race and a small breeze along the course ensured none of the participants overheated as they wove along the scenic coastal roads that are a feature of the event.
There were some great times posted yesterday in the River Moy Half Marathon in Ballina with a handful of PB's in the process.
Ray Somers was 5th person home with a new personal best of 1.18.44 with Mick Duane narrowly missing out on the sub 90mins with a 1.31.33. Mairead Sullivan & Maria Lambe also ran PB's with 1.37.26 & 1.39.39 respectivetly to give them 7th & 11th women home. Noreen Cooley ran a 2.07.38 with Maria Hehir a 2.10.37.
There's something pleasing about running alongside the sea on a mild evening with the smell of the salt air & the coastal vistas which greeted us on the 5k Series' first vist to Maree this evening (13 May).
Forget bearded ladies and no Irish entry in the Eurovision final over the weekend, Athenry AC were making a somewhat more successful competetive attempt at the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation European Championship in Belfast. Assumpta Feeney yet again powered her way to top spot in her weight category and now adds the title of 'Euopean Champion' to her achievements. There is talk that Floyd has been dispatched to the shed to work on an extension to the trophy cabinet, and rightly so as we feel that there is plenty more to come from the Athenry AC powerhouse.
With the inclement weather all day prior to this race we were guaranteed a smaller entry than last week but still had 640 starters in Loughrea for the second leg of this years series. Whilst the rain stayed away for the race the runners faced into a tough wind for the first 2.5km until they turned back towards Loughrea & 'The Hill'.
In Longford today Siobhan Guinan was first lady home in a time of 45.34 in the 10k Cairn Hill Challenge, a well earned title.
Down in Limerick Lezan Kimutai won the marathon & Peter Brandon won the half marathon as part of the Limerick Run.
Chris Deakin dipped under the 90mins for the first time today in the half marathon with a 1.29.59 for a new PB whilst Jane Mangan dipped under the 2 hours with a 1.59.01. We had 9 runners in total taking part in the half whilst in the full we had Sheelagh Earls & Martina Passman joining Lezan.