Published in Club News on 1st February 2011
Word came through on Sunday morning via Twitter as follows: "Valerie Glavin 2nd Woman with 217.809k; Ruthann Sheehan 7th Woman with 188.714k; Mick Rice 30th Man 165.545k; Ray O'Connor 58th Man with 122.083k;" In the previous 24 hours, four members of Athenry AC had particpated in (and finished) a 24 hour race in Finland and these were the final results. Valerie Glavin clocked up 217.908KM! That is 135.34023800994873 miles to be very precise. The equivalent on 5.16 marathons or a five-plus marathons back to back at 4:39 pace! Those figures are just astonishing and I feel humbled even typing them. Mere words cannot describe the effort it must have taken, both mentally and physically, to cover that distance, around an enclosed 390M track. I'm told it's an Irish record too. Ruthann was not that far behind either. A fantastic achievement for a lady who only ran her first marathon back in April 2010! Neither Mick or Ray had good days at the office, which can so easily happen in such rarified climes and will have much better runs again in the near futre, of which I've absolutely no doubt. I will sign off now, as for once I'm speechless in admiration of the achievements of my club mates and look forward to hearing much more (excrutiating) detail of their day out up north :).