1. How long have you been an Athenry AC member? June 2010.
2. Briefly, what started you running? I was very overweight and was getting absolutely no exercise. I have arthritis as well and the extra weight and lack of exercise was making it worse. Decided one day to get out the door and try going for a run. Haven’t looked back since.
Well done to the Juvenile athletes that competed on Sunday in the U8 nto U12 galway outdoors. Please find full results attached. U12 Sadbh Mc Donagh silver in hurdles and sprint bronze in long jump. Leonore Church gold in high jump. Liam Shaw gold in shot put. Mark O Halloran bronze in hurdles. U11 boys Aska Little and Cian McNelis bronze in 60m sprint. Senan Treacy and Aska Little silver in 600m Adam O halloran and Cian McNelis bronze in 600m. The u11 boys also got silver in the relay. Well done to all that competed for many of the U9 and U10 it was their first competition.
The London Marathon was the reason I first ran a marathon. I remember watching in 2008 and finally thinking "yes, I'm going to do this." I promptly entered the ballot for 2009, didn't get in, and went to Edinburgh instead. I vowed then if I was going to do London, I'd get in on the good for age which I got in 2013 at Chester. With moving to Oranmore in 2015 I ended up deferring my entry until this year.
We were greeted by a glorious evening in Loughrea yesterday, which saw the third race of this six race event. Numbers were down from last week with 661 athletes 83 of whom were from Athenry AC taking on this leg of the Galway 5km series. For those of us who had run this course previous, there was talk about "the hill". To put it in perspective the minimum elevation was 73m climbing to a max elevation of 106m that's 33m or 108ft! A tough climb! After the race I overhear someone say they didn't remember it "being that bad"! The hill is in 2 parts which makes it deceiving.
Last nights race was hosted by Craughwell AC. 88 athletes from Athenry AC (1 less than last week!) donned the maroon and white for the second leg of the series. A total of 732 runners completed the 5km distance. There was a significant improvement in the weather from last week with some sunshine making pleasant and perfect running conditions! The route remained the same as last year, starting at the school and taking us through the village before turning left at the bottom of the hill and looping around finishing at the bridge in Ballywinna.
It's that time of the year again, the much loved Galway 5km series! For the past number of years the first leg has been hosted by Athenry AC. This year GCH kicked off the series by hosting the event in Ballybrit Racecourse. A cold and windy night but it was dry (with the exception of a few drops!) so we had very little to complain about! 727 athletes lined up at the racecourse to take on a variety of terrains over the 5km distance. There was a headwind which was challenging on parts of the one and a half loop course, a new route from 2014.
The launch has taken place of the 7th Annual Vodafone Mayo AC 5k Series of five races.The 2016 Series will start on May 24 and continue weekly on the following four Tuesdays, all at 8pm sharp.
Mayo AC are delighted once again to have the sponsorship of Vodafone C&C Cellular for the Series. Brendan Chambers was on hand to launch the Series and continues to give great support to athletics in the county. The Series also serves as a major fundraiser for the club.
It all started in January when plans were being laid for the year. There was lots of chat going on of going to Manchester and I thought well it’s not a scenic marathon so if I am to do it I will have to train hard and race it. It fitted in with plans at home as nobody had any race plans for the first part of the year so it was my turn to put my own training first - so I had no excuses! The previous year I did the HR analysis with Matt Bidwell and got my infamous Zones.