A full house turned out in Athlone this evening to witness a fantastic night’s athletics which saw three new stadium records and the star attractions Ashton Eaton, Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Tabarie Henry live up to their reputations.
The Olympic decathlon gold medalist and world champion, Eaton, won the 60m in a new stadium record at the AIT International Arena, with a time of 6:69. The American could only manage third however in the long jump. Eaton’s wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton won the shot put with 13.46 and the high jump with 1.80.
Best of Luck to all our juvenile athletes competing in the Connacht Indoors next weekend 1st and 2nd March at Athlone International Arena
We had a great attendance at tonights training seessions in Athlone from both athletes and coaches- well done to all for making the effort and hopefully the rewards will come next weekend. Next training session in Athlone for those competing in the Connachts will be on Monday night next commencing at 7.30 pm sharp.
Despite the incessant torrential downpours of late, the Sun gods have been smiling down on us for our weekends racing over the past few weeks. If only we could do something about the wind!
A lovely sunny afternoon greeted the 174 runners who turned up in Gorgeous Gort for their 8k outing today. Previously held as a 4 miler, South Galway AC increased the distance this year which gave Galway based athletes a chance to run a mini ‘8k Series’ over the first six weeks of the year, with Tuam AC & Maree AC also holding 8k’s since the turn of the year.
The Irish National 50km Championships were held on a muddy but runable course in Donadea Forest Park this morning. Respresenting Athenry AC were David Noone, Valerie Glavin, Maeve Noone, Ed Egan & Siobhan Guinan who was making her first foray into ultra running.
After some recent weather more befitting Noah’s Ark, the annual Maree 8k couldn’t have been more different. Glorious sunshine & a headwind in sections greeted the 326 runners who turned out for the 5th edition of this event.
News is hitting Athenry that our very own Assumpta Feeney has won the Squat and Deadlift and came 3rd in the Bench at the Irish DrugFree Powerlifting Championships in Dublin today. These were the single lift championships and Assumpta was competing in the 70Kg SNR womens category. These results mean Assumpta will now go to the World Championships in Germany in June. Well done Assumpta, this is absolutely fantastic news. Now if we can only get a shot putt and a hammer in your hand ....
Three members of Athenry AC have at least one marathon under their belts even at this early stage of the year after Ruthann Sheahan, Valerie Glavin & Ed Egan completed the East of Ireland Marathon Series, Longwood Marathon last weekend.
After easing herself back into training over the last couple of months this was Val’s first completed marathon after a three year hiatus. But knowing Val, this is surely only the start & with a 4.25 completion time this was possibly used as a training run for bigger & better things in Donadea next month.
Kudos to the nearly 190 hardy souls who braved the elements for yesterday’s 2nd annual Coldwood 4 mile race. Starting & finishing at the National School on the N6, the heavy winds didn’t prevent some decent racing with both the men’s & women's course records falling on the day.