Fields of Athenry 10KM Result, Prizes & Report

Published in Fields of Athenry 10km on 26th December 2017

+++++ Official Result and Prizes PDF attached  +++++

We woke up on St. Stephen’s morning to a fresh, crisp and frosty Athenry! Temperatures hovered  between 3 - 4 degrees and the wind was negligible…perfect running conditions! Numbers were at their highest since 2014 with 1095 athletes gathering at the start line opposite the train station to take on the traditional one loop route. Each junction was well marshalled and athletes were greeted with cheers of encouragement along their way. The first 2km brought us to the outskirts of the town where the countryside beckoned. The frost was glistening in the puddles on the roadside and in the fields. You couldn’t but admire the greenness which stretched in every direction.

We reached Castle Ellen after approx. another 2 km. The pacers did a very good job at encouraging the runners to stay with them! The water stations responded very well to the velocity of the runners as they kept up to the demand for water! We encountered a second water station at St Marys pitch before heading back to Athenry. The cold morning didn’t deter the loyal group of locals who scattered the route and in particular for the last km. The 16th Fields of Athenry saw Irish Olympian Mick Clohisey win the race for the 7th consecutive year clocking 30.21. Athenry’s own Jane Ann Meehan (who has been on the podium most years) took the highest step of the podium this year when she won the race 37.39.

Under the leadership of Race Director Jim Leahy the event was a great success. We have received many comments through our FB page commending the club on a great event…‘Lovely atmosphere’, ‘People so friendly’, ‘very well organised’, ‘big thanks to the 55 min pacers’ (Mary Rohan and Martin O’Hara), ‘lovely route’, ‘lovely hat’, ‘great job’. 

For the second consecutive year Hygeia were the title sponsor for the race. In addition we have many loyal sponsors who have continue to support us over the years. The colour of the hat was picked to honor the Galway Hurling Team who won the Senior All Ireland Final this year. It was by far the most popular hat to date with offers to purchase same! Finally a big thanks to all volunteers, supporters and athletes who ran the race. Hope to see you again in 2018.

John O'Connor's Flickr multiple albums can be viewed here.

Senior Men

Mick Clohisey 30:21

Keith Fallon 32:34

Barry Donovan 32:42

Senior Women

Jane Ann Meehan 37:39

Colette Tuohy 38:32

Sinead Brody 38:51

Competition Time!

Published in Fields of Athenry 10km on 17th December 2017

Competition Time!

Galway All Ireland Hurling Champions pictured above!  We are giving away 2 free entries to the Fields of Athenry 10km in 2018! All you have to do is go to our Facebook page (link below) and name as many members of the team in the picture and tag a friend and share the post. The lucky winner will receive the first 2 entries for next years race! Competition closes in one week on Christmas Eve. Draw takes place on Christmas Eve at 8pm.

Congrats to Brian Burke who won 2 free entries for next years race!

Athenry AC Club 5KM Handicap Championship Result

Published in Results on 17th December 2017

The 15th annual Athenry AC 5KM handicap championship took place in and around the town of Athenry on Saturday morning, 2 December 2017.  The event took place on the club's 5KM Series leg course and was well supported by both club athletes, as well as a number of guests.  Full result PDF attached.

The event was well organised by Jane Ann Meehan and her merry band of helpers.  

The four prize winners were:

Overall: Aidan Madden

Master: Patrick Forde

Fastest: Fergal Walsh

Guest: John Callanan

Image : Jane Ann Meehan with overall winner Aidan Madden to her right and fastest runner Fergal Walsh and master winner Patrick Forde to her left, in the Athenry Primary Care Medical Centre after prizegiving.

Frankfurt Marathon

Published in Reports on 12th November 2017

8 Go to Frankfurt​​​​​​​​ Orla Mc Cluskey
Travelling to Frankfurt this year, with a marathon to run, felt very different to arriving in the city twelve months before as a spectator. My last attempt at a marathon was several years ago, and the experience left me so traumatised that I switched to triathlons, and hadn’t revisited the distance since. Fast forward to 2017, time had passed, and I was ready to have another go. Although the training was done, in the week leading up to the race, anticipation and nervous excitement made way to just plain old nervous. When, why and how had this seemed like a good idea?

The morning of the race was subdued, with our band of runners unusually quite in advance of the off, contemplating what was ahead. Focused, freaked out, or maybe both. The race. I expected to find it tough, and it was. In no way due to the course, which is flat, but rather just because marathons are tough. A constant conversation between mind and body for 42.2km - cajoling, admonishing, and everything in between, not letting up until the finish line was in sight. And what a finish – pure theatre, and a fitting finish to a day where I felt grateful to be able, grateful to be there, and grateful to be in such good company. Thank you, Mary, Jane Ann, Esther, Donal, Dave, Gearoid, and Chris.

And speaking of company, our band of runners, how did they fare? In their own words…………

Jane Ann Meehan:
I've always loved Germany. Having spent time there while in school I've always had an attraction to it. Having ran Frankfurt in 2016 I decided to head back in 2017. I drew up a training plan and in July we started out with October PBs in mind.

There is a lot to be said for being anonymous in a big city marathon. The standard in Frankfurt is also a big attraction. With my time, I would have been third Irish home in Dublin but in Frankfurt maybe the top 30! You never have that chance to switch off... there is a constant push and unlike here where sometimes the men will protect you and shelter you... in Germany they don't like getting "chicked".

My race went well really. Apart from an unprecedented loo stop at 22km!! I won't bore anybody with a mile by mile report suffice to say... marathon running hurts. No training prepares you for those last 3 miles. Visualisation is a big part of those 3miles. Step by step. Catching person by person. Running into the Festhalle to scantily clad cheerleaders is a sight to behold. Frankfurt has been good to me.

Most importantly the friends you make along the way whilst training and racing are really what matters. Each of us have a personal goal but we all need to remember we are lucky we can do what we love and when the dust settles on the marathon season nobody cares what time you did.... you do it for yourself.

Donal Leahy:
I travelled to Frankfurt more in hope than anticipation. A very old injury I thought I had forever parted company with flared up two weeks beforehand. My taper could be more accurately described as a flatline, driven by one chance - get to the start line, give it a go and hope things held up. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be. That's life. And running! There will be other days and, while the end result wasn't there for me I still enjoyed the training and, apart from the last two weeks, wouldn't change one day of it. Next year.

Chris Deakin:
The lead up to Frankfurt had gone pretty well after a couple of months of missed training earlier in the year, so I was hopeful of having another crack at a sub3 marathon. My last marathon was also in Frankfurt last year when I ran 3:05 so it was a realistic target. Sometimes though it just doesn't go right on the day. My plan was to run as slow as possible in the first half while staying close to target pace and I managed that part alright, crossing the mat at 1:30:15. The second half was a different story and Plans B and C came and went. When the guy wearing the suit passed me I knew it wasn't going to be a good day. It was a good night though, thanks to Orla, Mary, Jane Ann, Esther, Donal, Dave, Gearoid and Mojito. Looking forward to the next one already!

Esther Leahy:
My taking part in this took me a little by surprise as I thought my marathon days were well behind me. After a break of three years from any type of distance running the hunger was starting to take hold again. I had a good summer of cross training behind me with some short distance triathlon and before I realised it my running was coming good again and I seemed to be able to cope with some longer miles. I dithered with the idea of Frankfurt for some time and eventually Donal took the decision out of my hands and signed my up – ok no choice now! With my time short I tried to stay calm and just enjoy being able to run pain free.

On race day the usual nerves were abounding and with that self-doubt – did I do enough? How much is this going to hurt? Etc. etc. Frankfurt’s start is nothing short of confusing there seemed to be no apparent entry points so it was a case of spotting a gap in the barriers and forcing our way in. This led to being very far up with the very fast runners and hoping they didn’t spot the imposter. The first few miles are looped around the city and support was strong along with the wind on the day! At about 6/7 miles you head away from the city and are taken on a few dual carriageways (nothing pretty ever to see on a dual carriageway but miles are miles). This is one lovely section through a leafy boulevard, some might even call it a forest J By mile 20 or so you are back in the city and scenery is the least of your troubles and it’s dig in time and get the job done.

I stood at the start line with no real plan other than to run as far as I could as quick as I could and see what happens. Well what happened is I had a great race and the pain didn’t kick in until 23 miles and then it was dig dig dig but I got there. The finish is really rock star stuff, the last 200 metres are in the “Festhalle” with red carpet, flashing lights, confetti pouring from the sky and of course cheer leaders. No matter how tired you are this is the lift to take you home.

Job done you’d think all you’d have to do is collapse and enjoy the euphoria but no!! Frankfurt Marathon comes with a sting in the tail – for some bizarre reason (money gain no doubt) you hire the timing chip and if this is not returned you are charged €25. In order to return this, you have to remove the chip from your lace, climb two flights of stairs and deliver said chip to the stewards then there is the issue of coming back down those stairs. This utter nonsense certainly dimmed the cheer a little.

However good cheer was restored again as one by one Athenry AC met at our pre-assigned meeting spot. Within minutes of us all meeting it was laughs and good cheer all around as we each had our own tale of adventure and misadventure to tell. That good cheer lasted well into the night and getting up to face a flight home was almost as testing as the 26.2 miles the day before.

Dublin Marathon

Published in Reports on 6th November 2017

Dublin Marathon 2017 saw over 20,000 athletes take part in this year's event. The route snaked its usual path from Fitzwilliam Street, through the south city and onto the Phoenix Park, through Drimnagh, Terenure, Belfield and Ballsbridge and finishing in Merrion Square. The first wave departed at 9:00am along the 42km route. Bernard Rotich (Kenya) won the race in 2:15:53 while Nataliya Lehonkova (Ukraine) won the women's race in 2:28:58 following her victory in 2015. Ireland's Patrick Monahan took the wheelchair title in 1:49:54.
The usual strong representation of approx 40 from Athenry AC travelled to Dublin. The group comprised some seasoned marathoners and some first timers. There were a number of PB and some great times.
Tammie Corrigan ran her second Dublin marathon and achieved a 13+ minute PB.

Kenneth O'Hara ran his 5th marathon and 4th Dublin marathon and completed this year's race in 3:50. Kenneth was happy enough as he contended with a chest infection on the day. His plan is to put more time into his training and knows he can clock a more competitive time. We will be watching out for Kenneth over the next few months!

Patrick Forde writes
My report.. warts and all...Dublin No 10 in a row.. 2008 through to 2017. So that was an achievement in itself. Not too happy with the run in.. leg problems, busy with life.. a bad dose of lazyitis.. But that said I got a bit done in the lead up and made it to the start line on the Sunday morning.
The plan was 3.45. It was a realistic target based on the way I was.The race went well early on. The pace was manageable. I ran with Kenneth and we chatted away about all the members in the Club.. no one got spared..Dublin was breathtakingly beautiful especially in the park.. probably the nicest I've ever seen. On 14 miles Ken pulled back so I pushed on.. TBH I missed his company.
The "Up Athenry " shouts were brilliant. Huge crowds in the villages and nice and quite in other areas. On 20 miles at the viaduct I started to feel pain. I knew I was going too good and it was pay back time. Experience told me to re-evaluate or I wouldn't finish.
I pulled back big time and found the last 5 miles hard going. It was brilliant to see the family on Mile 26. Even after many years of running it's still a very emotional moment to see family and friends as I finish. 3.49 crossing the line.. not what I was looking for but by no means a disaster.
As always the support from AAC members out on the road was very encouraging. Thank you to all of you and I hope some day to do likewise. This is a fantastic club made of a motly crew of mad people that love to do one thing long may that continue.
Patrick Forde

Pb for me..3.25.56..slowly but surely
David O'Sullivan,

Brian Somers writes...
I ran my second Marathon on October 29th (the other was Dublin in 2013) and am glad to say I ran a six minute PB coming in at 3 hours, 12 min, 2 seconds. My goal was to knock four or five minutes off my previous attempt so I am rather pleased with the result. I only really started to do Marathon specific training from around September 10th (I briefly attempted the Hanson Plan in August but dropped it as it was too difficult to go from 3 days to 6 days a week running!) so overall I am happy to "pull it out of the fire " a bit and do better than my previous attempt. I have to admit I was slightly nervous of the unknown last few miles but although I did feel tired thankfully I did not totally crumble.

My shorter distance times indicate I can possibly go a bit faster so I am hoping to get the time (and kop on!) to fully see through a Marathon plan and see what can happen! Once again wearing the Colours of Athenry AC made the experience amazing, and it was a Privilege to run alongside some fantastic colleagues, the bit of banter before the race felt like we were going off to do a handy 5 k as opposed to the DCM! The support from the Club around the route was also amazing, nothing like seeing a few familiar faces to make you straighten yourself up a little.
Brian Somers

Kieran Walsh
I got 3:19:46. It was my second marathon and gained about 16 mins on the first one so it was a new pb.

I ran Dublin and had it tough the whole way. I had a problem with shoes from early on and then suffered cramp which scuppered my chances of getting a category medal. Finished 6th of 43 in 70-74 age group and 10906th out of 15891 overall I think.
Martin Keane

Peadar Nugent
I completed my 38th DCM on 29th October, accompanied for the 7th year by Maire Treasa Beatty, in 5:33:57. This was almost five minutes slower than last year, but very satisfying nonetheless. Valerie was with the two of us for the first 20 miles, at which stage she moved ahead to finish with Michael Glynn, four minutes faster than MTB and me.

Congrats and well done to all!