Race Reports

A chance for the runner to describe their own birds eye view of a run.

The Gingerbread Run - Mary Rohan tells her story!

20th Nov 2016, Portarlington, Laois.

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!

Athenry AC Fit4Life 5km

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.

Frankfurt Marathon

Frankfurt October 30th 2016.
Surviving 26.2miles on coke and a cushion.
Jane-Ann;
Back in June I designed a 14 week training plan for myself and whoever else was gullible enough to join.

Frankfurt Marathon 30th Oct 2016

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!

Mens Results
Mark Korir (Kenya) 2:06:48
Martin Kiprugut Kosgey (Kenya) 2:07:22
Cybrian Kimurgor Kotut (Kenya) 2:07:28

37th DCM!

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.

Moylough 10KM Result Report

Moylough hosted three road races on Sunday, 16 October 2016: a 1.5km race for children, followed by an untimed 5km and finally a permitted 10km. 

The weather was wet, cold and miserable but that didn't stop 99 brave souls gathering at the start line. Athenry AC had a great day out!

Jane Ann Meehan won the women's race in 37:24, finishing 10th overall. Yvonne Fehilly was second woman home, coming very close to breaking the 40 barrier in 40:10.

Double Victory for Athenry AC at Conamara 10km

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!

Men's Results:
Fergal Walsh (Athenry AC) 35:32
Sean Burke (Tuam AC) 36:11
Neil O'Leary 37:13

Galway Bay 10km/Half Marathon/Marathon 1st October

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.

Athlone Flatline Half Marathon

Athlone Flatline Marathon Results
Men
Niall Sheehan, Gowran AC 1:10:55
David Mansfield, Clonliffe Harriers 1:11:21
Peter Mooney, Inverse 1:13:51

Women
Pauline Curley, Tullamore Harriers 1:19:50
Nora Newcombe Pieterse, Ballina AC 1:20:24
Michelle McGee, 1:20:44

First Athenry AC Man, Gearoid Rohan 1:19:38 finishing 13th overall
First Athenry AC Woman, Jane Ann Healy 1:20:50 finishing 20th overall

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