In glorious sunshine this morning, huge numbers of Athenry runners made the short trek to Athlone for the annual Flatline Half Marathon with their eyes on PB's on a fast & flat course. But by the time the race started at 11.00am the mercury was already rising & many struggled with the midday heat.
Where’s Bernie? “Broke down in Castlebar” said Jannette.
Towing a caravan with a long road still ahead of them to Achill Island, we decided to go and register for the Achill Roar Adventure Race and get something to eat while we waited. Registration was in Geilty’s bar, Dooagh.
Long standing club member, Marie Curran, will be launching her new poetry book 'Observant Observings' on Friday 12th September 2014 in the Town Cafe, Athenry @ 7.30pm.
Marie was a very active member of the club until 2011 / 2012 when she was diagnosed with myalgic encephaloyelitis (more commonly know as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) a condition which causes constant tiredness. Due to the illness she is currently housebound, however ME/CFS doesn’t stop her writing. She believes writing is soul food and such food must be shared.
Mairead Sullivan collected another podium finish for herself today in Mayo as she finished 3rd in the Clonbur Half Marathon. On a very hilly course & in tough weather conditions Mairead posted a 1.42.56. Considering she had run a 5.5 mile warm up it gives an indication that she could be due a nice PB in Dublin come October.
Ray Somers & Philip Magnier were also racing today in Clonbur with Ray finishing fifth with a 1.24.42 & Philip a 1.47.41 to claim first Vets prize.
We had nine members racing in the marathon & half marathon which was held in Craughwell yesterday (Saturday). Dave Noone was our first representative home in the marathon & finished with a time of 3.18.16. Aiming for a 3.15 Dave reckons his hydration plan let him down early on (It's good to know that even people who run over 120 miles non stop can get their race nutrition wrong occaisionally too).
Mick Rice made a successful return to his beloved long distance racing yesterday in the Longford marathon, finishing in 11th with a 2.55.01. It has been nearly two long years since Mick last lined up at the start line of a marathon & he is clearly getting back to where he wants to be.
Athenry AC were the proud winners of the Brendan Gavin Memorial Shield at the Claregalway 10KM last weekend. The shield has been fought for since 2003 and was presented by Brendan's wife Bridie, to James Lundon.
It is presented to the club who has most representatives at the race each year. The following are the winners: 2003 to 05 GCH, 2006 Mayo AC, 2007 Craughwell AC, 2008 Mayo AC & 2009 to 13 GCH.