With the ongoing fallout from the doping scandal in Russian athletics it looks increasingly likely that Loughrea AC’s Olive Loughnane will be belatedly awarded 1st position, a gold medal & title of World Champion for her efforts in the 20k Walk at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.
Finishing in silver position on the day, 50 seconds behind Russia’s Olga Kaniskina, the Cork native was delighted with her performance on the day but the now retired athlete can be proud of the fact that she is a world champion on merit even if the lateness of the news is bittersweet.
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.