A Great Day in Connemara!

Jim Leahy and Adam Leadbetter took on the challenge of the Ultra Marathon in Connemara today. Jim completed the distance in 4:58:06 while finishing in 7th place. (In 2015 Jim ran this race in 5:41:37...not a typo!!). Adam crossed the finish line in 5: 24:10 in 18th place overall. A great result for both men! Lyall Guiney who ran a sub 3 hour marathon in Rome 3 weeks ago, was the first person to cross the line while clocking 2:47:12! Congrats on a great win Lyall! Caroline Freeney also took part in the marathon, her first time to run in Connemara, Caroline completed the distance in 4:30:53.

Lyall Guiney's sub 3 hr Rome Marathon

More than a minor sub-3 in the end.

An Italian fella at the start line told me there were 8km of cobblestones in the race, and that it was not a fast course. Okay - what harm a few cobblestones I thought?

It was dry and calm when we started but after about 20 minutes a thunderstorm passed over us. Cue a further 20 minutes of thunder and lightning and rain. And very slippery cobblestone sections for the remainder of the race. :/

Manchester Marathon

After chatting to Donal Leahy towards the start of February he planted the idea of taking part in the Manchester Marathon. Donal and I signed up and a good support team of volunteers made themselves available for the weekend away.
Flying out from Dublin on the Saturday we bumped into Sinead Martin and her friend who were also going to take on the marathon next day.


Tempo sessions continue on Thursdays at 7pm. Members of Athenry AC are very welcome to join us!

It's a long, long way to Tipperary but longer again to Waterford

At the recent Coldwood 4M road race (late-January 2017) Andy Talbot mentioned to me how he was trying to make a team for the National Masters cross-country, which was to be held in Waterford in a few weeks. Knowing full well this would be no place for slow runners, and only the crème de la crème would be there, I gave him a 'maybe' but try and get someone better instead.