Athlete Profile - Ronan McCarthy

Athlete Profile - Ronan McCarthy

1.      How long have you been an Athenry AC member?  Joined May 2013, almost 3 years.

2.      Briefly, what started you running? There was a baby triathlon for charity organised in my office in April 2013, I started training for it in January 2013 and loved the running element so kept it up.

3.      What shoes do you train/race in?  They are all Asics, I train in Gel Cumulus and DS Trainers. I Race in Gel Lyte 33s.

Athlete Profile - Anne Lyng

Athlete Profile - Anne Lyng

1.      How long have you been an Athenry AC member?  4 years approx

2.      Briefly, what started you running? “Back in the day” I played soccer, football and rugby and running was always part of training!

3.      What shoes do you train/race in?  Asics 3000

4.      What piece of running gear/apparel is your most prized possession?  My Garmin and HR Monitor

5.      What is your favourite event/race of the year?  5km series and the Fields of Athenry 10km

Kilconieron 5 mile Road Race - 21st February

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.

Athlete Profile - Mary Kealy (Womens Club Captain 2016)

Athlete Profile - Mary Kealy (Womens Club Captain 2016)

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.

Athlete Profile - Martin O'Hara (Mens Club Captain 2016)

Athlete Profile - Martin O'Hara (Mens Club Captain 2016)

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.

Donadea 50km - 13th February 2016

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.

Results of Inter-Counties XC in Tuam

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.

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