Published in Fields of Athenry 10km on 26th December 2012
***** Provisional results (v3) for the 2012 Fields of Athenry 10km updated late-PM 29 December *****
On a day that will be remembered in Nursing Homes in 40 years time - as in "Do ya remember that fecking day in Athenry when it lashed beforehand and proceeded to get worse during da race?, do ya?" - runners from the West of Ireland and elsewhere proved what a gritty and occasionally cheery lot we are by surviving and thriving in the annual Fields of Athenry 10k 2012.After a beautiful Christmas Day, dawn didn't so much announce its arrival as slither into existence with a barely discernable contast to the night. It didn't get better and the rain duly began at 10am, continuing through the race start an hour later, until at 11:40 or so...the Heavens opened. And remained opened.
Considering this and the several feet-high water hazards in the last 4k, some remarkable times were achieved. Men's winner, Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrocks), can feel proud of his 30:57, a time that would surely have been 30 seconds plus faster on a normal day. He was followed home by Emmett Dunleavy (Sligo) 31:36 and Michael Shannon (St. John's) 31:40.
Women's winner Elish (Raheny Shamrocks), 35:44, made it a double for the Dubs by winning the Senior Female race over Catherine Conway (Mayo) 36:08 and Eimear O'Leary, 38:16.
See full results at http://www.athenryac.com/fields-athenry-10km-2012-provisional-results and some photos below.
Thanks to Michelle Collins for the outdoor shots, how did we survive, let alone run, during that downpour...
A set of images from the race are in/at Peter Mooney's Flickr acount here.
Paul Hession and Mick Clohisey
Eilish Kelly won the women's race
Martin McEvilly, left above, winner M60 category in a remarkable 39:30 has been racing against Andrew Talbot, silver M60 (pictured with Edel from Amphibian King) for over 40 years.
The Beattys from Loughrea, Claire and TJ, finished 2nd (W40) and 1st (M65) respectively.
Bernie Mulryan from Athenry won the W50 category with 44:27.
Mary Kealey (Craughwell), 43:40, pictured above with Chris from Kinvara Rock N Road, won the W45 category.
Craughwell AC, above with Tim from Tranquillity Leisure Centre, won the Men's team category.
We assumed everyone had their own swim caps underneath!