Leaving Athenry Sunday morning it was minus 3°C and by the time we hit Portarlington the temperature hadn't risen, in fact it was now extremely foggy and felt colder. I had initially planned to run the half marathon but decided at registration to switch to the 10km as my training was a little haphazard and I was feeling under the weather... this had nothing to do with the cold conditions!
Fit4Life 5km took place on Saturday 12th November. Race Director Anne Lyng and a strong committee of over 20 people plus an additional 30 volunteers organised this year's race. Now in its 6th year this event is specifically for members of Fit4Life although non members were welcome to run. For some this was the first time they ran 5km and for others their first race. Local clubs participated including over 30 athletes from GCH under the leadership of Bernie Kelly who has supported the event for many years.
Established in 1981 Frankfurt is classed as the third fastest marathon route in the world and Germany's second largest marathon. The course record for the 26.2 mile route is 2:03:42 set in 2011 by Kenyan athlete Wilson Kipsang. The course has a total elevation gain of 27.8 meters spread across the entire route 42,195 meters!
Mark Korir (Kenya) 2:06:48
Martin Kiprugut Kosgey (Kenya) 2:07:22
Cybrian Kimurgor Kotut (Kenya) 2:07:28
Dublin City Marathon traditionally on Bank Holiday Monday was changed this year to a Sunday resulting in a 25% increase in entries compared to last year. In its 37th year, approx 19,500 athletes including 5,700 international participants gathered at Fitzwilliam Square to take on the 26.2 mile loop around Dublin city. This race is the fourth largest event of it's kind in Europe and attracts elite athletes from around the world.
Two members of Athenry AC pulled off a double victory last Sunday in Conamara. Fergal Walsh won the men's race while recording a PB of over 1 min by clocking 35:32. Deirdre Brophy won the women's race running her first sub 40min 10km by completing the distance in 39:45. Also taking part from the club were Rodney Bell finishing 5th overall in 38:47. Brian Somers finished just 1 min behind in 7th place 39:30. Alan O'Brien 45:45. Peter O'Shaughnessy 47:54. Congrats to all!
Fergal Walsh (Athenry AC) 35:32
Sean Burke (Tuam AC) 36:11
Neil O'Leary 37:13
The first event of the day was the marathon which kicked off bright and early at 8:30am. Starting at Nimo's Pier at the Claddagh, the athletes ran 2 laps of South Park before running through the heart of Salthill as far as the Barna Road junction. The route then lead the athletes back via the Golf Club and along the Prom returning to the Claddagh. Following this the runners completed another 3 laps of this course. The race started under blue cloudless skies and conditions remained dry and very pleasant for the duration of all 3 events.