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. :/
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.
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.
Gearoid, Donal and myself headed to Meath for the Bewley's Trim 10 Mile Road Race. Our day started bright and early in Joyce's Ice Rink in Athenry on what was a very cold morning. Once we hit the motorway the roads were fine and we were on our way with blue skies overhead. This looked like perfect conditions for running.
The Allianz 5km Resolution Run which takes place on the 1st of January is a popular annual event. Numbers have grown since the inaugural race in 2010. This year 291 athletes ran the 5km route, starting at Nimmos Pier and finishing under the Spanish Arch after completing two 2.5km loops. The weather was perfect, dry with sunshine and blue skies! Spectators gathered along the route to cheers and encourage the athletes. Keith Fallon of GCH was the first person to cross the line, recording an impressive 16:06.
Results from BDN 10km - representing Athenry AC were David Meehan 36.17 (PB), Sean Flaherty 43.55, John Killian 43.54, Bernie Mulryan 47.46, Wojciech Musial 48.05, Eoin O'Sullivan 48.39, Philip Magnier 50.09
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!