Colemanstown 10k 31/03/2018

Published in Results on 2nd April 2018

Colemanstown 2018 start

Compiled by Martina Donnellan & Ray Treacy


The 8th successive Colemanstown 10k run took place on Easter Saturday; a day which is now firmly established on the road racing calendar. The route had been newly re-measured for this year’s event to ensure all recorded results were fully accurate and meaningful. The cool dry day was ideal for running and combined with the good course the conditions were welcome to all taking part.  The course is noted for fast times with a slight uphill from 2.5 to 3.5k and downhill for the last 3k and this year the gentle breeze happily helped everyone home. The run was preceded by a kids run where all 75 children taking part showed the grown-ups how to make a proper effort in a race, none more so than Eanna McDonagh, Newcastle who was first to cross the finishing line so his Dad Pat had to put in a similar shift in the big one!


The main event had last year's winner Matt Bidwell, GCH back again defending his title and he did so in style, stamping his authority on the race at the early stages and winning in 33:41. Brian Furey, Rathfarnham and Adrian Smith completed the first three home. It was good to see new faces and names come to this neck of the woods. This year those present got to see young talented Shauna Bocquet race Colemanstown for the first time in the wheelchair and she raced home in a very formidable 35:38 accompanied by her Dad who cycled every km by her side.


The female winner this year was Regina Casey from GCH who followed up her 10k win in Craughwell the previous week with another solid run.  Another winner from the previous week in the Craughwell 10 mile event was Athenry ACs Jane Ann Meehan who had to settle for second place on this occasion, coming first on the last 4 occasions. Third female home was another Athenry runner Aine O'Farrell with a strong finish in her first ever Colemanstown run.  


Throughout the field there was some great running, like local man Pat McDonagh cruising home, taking the O50 title and looking like he could run it again if needed even though he may have felt someone from ‘up above’ with him on this occasion. Another local favourite Gearoid Rohan showed he has lost none of his fighting spirit by holding off the challenge of clubmate Fabian Mangan to claim the days bragging rights on the day. Both Gearoid & his wife Mary are in marathon training for the Zurich marathon on April 22nd where Gearoid’s brother Brian also caught the running bug, taking part in his 1st ever marathon. Jane Ann is also more in marathon mode than 10k mode with the impending Limerick marathon just around the corner. There were a few PB’s on show and none more so than Ray Treacy who provided the details for this report and posted himself a new PB, knocking almost 30seconds off his time, finishing well in 39:08, 13th overall.


Afterwards the legendary Colemanstown hospitality was on full show with a wonderful spread in the clubhouse.  There is nothing a runner wants more than a good day, a fast course and a chat with all involved. As usual the Colemanstown 10k delivered in style. All in the organising committee thank Athenry AC for their sponsorship of our permit application as we look forward to a bigger and stronger event next year. We wish all Athenry AC athletes best wishes in their impending running exploits.  

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Craughwell 10k and 10mile 25/03/2018

Published in Results on 1st April 2018

Craughwell 10mile 2018 start


It was a beautiful sunny spring morning in Craughwell for the 10k and 10 mile races. There was a great turnout from Athenry AC for both events.

Congratulations to Jane Ann Meehan for winning the county 10 mile championship. Also congratulations to Sinead Foran and Mary Kealy - both category winners.

And to the Athenry AC female team (Jane Ann Meehan, Sinead Foran, Yvonne Fehilly and Mary Kealy) that won the 10 mile team championship. 


10 mile:




John O’Connors four Craughwell albums:


County Championship 10 mile result for 2018:


Foran Runs Hot in a Bitterly Cold Mullingar

Published in Reports on 18th March 2018

Mullingar half marathon 2018 with Sinead Foran


Report: Gearoid Rohan

There was no problem getting to the front of 1,200 runners at the start line, most were huddled together for shelter as the countdown began to the attractive 10:30am start time. Weather forecast was promised to be 1°C and feel like minus 4°C with a biting wind and it didn’t disappoint.  The midlands were experiencing arctic winds which made the choice of clothing a major talking point before the Mullingar Half Marathon on St Patricks Day.

Eventually, after consulting with another club nutter decision made, drop the long-sleeved shirts and run in the singlet.

The first 7 miles were directly into the bitter headwind, making it tough going and negative splits were the order of the day to achieve a desired time.  Super organisation along the route, junctions well marshalled and many Garda traffic diversions in place to allow the run to flow with ease. The inclusion of both mile and kilometre markers somehow seemed to help pass the time a bit faster.

Just as I began to doubt the locals we chatted to before the race, when they promised a fast finishing 6 miles with a tailwind, we turned off-road and onto the scenic Royal Canal pathway which took us all the way back to Mullingar. The surface on this section, although not tared, was immaculate and ideal for tired legs so the miles tipped along at a nice rate.

Back onto the road for the last ½ km and after a few agonising short downhill turns the finish line was in sight.

Athenry AC runners to make the trip included Colin Duane, Kieran Walsh, Jane Ann Meehan (2ndLady overall) and credit to Sinead Foran who produced the run of the day, smashing the elusive 1hr 30mins for a super PB.

Big turn out from Galway club runners and our car mate Steven Carty (Craughwell AC) had a whopping 7 minute PB.

It’s a race I would highly recommend with a course that you can really attack in the 2nd half. On a calmer day I reckon finish times would have been even faster. Race entry included a generous goody bag, T-Shirt and finishers medal along with post-race food with homemade soup and when you have a good pilot at the wheel it makes short work of the trip to Mullingar.


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Martin Keane skates home...

Published in Reports on 15th March 2018

Martin Keane after the 2018 Masters Cross Country...

I've been to a good few races in my time. You won't always get them nice and handy or near home. Some of them I recall include Ballybofey, Ballycotton, Raheny and Roundstone.

Last year's National Masters Cross-Country was held in Waterford, on a very cold day, so as this year's event was held in nearby Clarinbridge I had no excuse.

Sunday morning (National Masters Cross-Country on 8 February 2018 in Kilcornan, Clarinbridge, Galway) after breakfast I took a peep out the back door to be met by a Christmas card scene of everything covered in snow and I thought there'll be no sporting events today, especially Kilcornan. 

A text to one of the event 'head honchos' changed my mind as he said 'the show goes on!'

Coming up to mid-day I put a few things in the bag, including a pair of runners who'd see their last day, removed a lot of snow from the car and hit for the Kilcornan estate, less than 7 miles away, where the event was taking place. 

After arriving, I parked the car and then proceed to have a look at the course which resembled an Irish version of Pyeongchang (Winter Olympics).

It started to make a heavy shower of hail, sleet and snow and I thought, "What the hell am I doing here today!" 

After sheltering for a while I then proceeded to the HQ (at the swimming pool) to be met by a lady steward who said you're not getting in here unless you take of them mucky shoes or else put on those plastic covers which she gave me. I thought I looked like a surgeon in her hospital theatre.

Our race started at 1:30PM. At that stage 12 under-age races had been held on a course which resembled the aftermath of the Battle of the Somme, with mud ankle deep all the way around except about 50 yards where you could see traces of grass.

On the start line all the Galway M65 contingent were there: TJ, Andy, two Philips, two Martins, and myself on standby in case anyone got stuck in the mud. Thank God the race was only 4K and I, eventually, achieved what I set out: finish without falling into the muck.

No, it wasn't pleasant but I enjoyed meeting all the lads for a cuppa afterwards. Well done to all the other athletes from Athenry who braves the day and completed the course. There will be easier days in the future, trust me.

I may not be running next year but those who do I hope ye have a nice sunny day on a dry course, with maybe a bit of grass to be seen oh and not too far to travel.

Martin Keane.

P.S. Mart wasn't the only one to write about that fateful day in Kilcornan, see Frank McNally's Irishman's Diary on the day after's Irish Times.

P.P.S. Edenhill77 was also there.  See here and here.

P.P.P.S. Pure legend.  See here and here.