May 2011

Roundstone Bay 8km Results and Report

The inaugural Roundstone Bay 8K took place on May 21st in this very scenic seaside village on the west coast of Connemara. Under cloudy skies a good mixture of local and visiting runners took on the figure of eight course, which began opposite the Church of Ireland and then headed west passing by historic Errisbeg House. It wasn’t long before the heavens opened and anyone who had any ideas of finishing the race without breaking into a sweat soon had a lot more moisture to deal with!

A Little Further Around the Burren...Patrick Forde's Marathon Report

As I left Dunsandle it was starting to rain, but when I got to Ballyvaughan it was a truly awful morning. A big change from the 26 degrees of 2010. The plan was 4 hours, but in this weather anything could happen, even the dreaded DNF!
Keeping as positive as I could, I reached the start in good time. The
DJ was doing his best to entertain the 1000 strong crowd but it was proving hard going. On the dot of 9 we set off. Nice and handy was the race plan – pure and simple. This course could and would eat you alive if you started getting too confident.

Carramore 10km Results 2011 (Mayo League Race 2)

Race 2, Mayo AC C&C Cellular Road Race League
2011 Carramore 10k Results Summary

Full race report attached. Well done to Gary Doherty and James Lundon who represented the club with pride.

Senior Men
1: Matthew Bidwell (GCH) 32.46
2: Roger Barrett (Ballina AC) 32.54
3: John Byrne (Mayo AC) 33.20

Senior Women
1: Catherine Conway (Mayo AC) 37.17
2: Mary Gleeson (Mayo AC) 37.43
3: Regina Casey (GCH) 38.24

Men over 40
1: David Carrrie (Dunleer AC) 33.40
2: Dan O'Rourke (Tuam AC) 37.10

Women over 40
1: Colette Tuohy (Mayo AC) 38.56

Craughwell in the Rain - 5km Series Round 3

'Elvis' and MTB - Image by Tony Nevin!

Full results at:

Club results attached in XLS. Elvis hasn't left the building quite yet.

A great turnout by the club with 74 Athenry AC members finishing. Luckily the rain stopped right before the gun, and there were lots of fast times again this week.

Valerie and I paced a group of 27-28min finishers, led ably by Marie Curran who ran like a Trojan and was force fed information on nutrition for 100 mile running (if she could have run a little faster she might have run away).

Help Required for Galway Community Games 5th-6th June

It was the starting ground for Sonia O'Sullivan and John Treacy, not to mention Paul Hession, who narrowly missed a trip to Mosney, placing second in the county championships at the age of 10 ( The Community Games gave so many of us (talent not always necessarily guaranteed!) a wonderful start into the world of athletics - now it's time to ensure that the legacy continues.

See message below from Vincent Conway, chairman of Galway Community Games:

"Hi all,

Kilcornan 8K Results and Small Report

The third annual Kilcornan 8K was successfully run in misty conditions around the now usual 8K course early yesterday afternoon in Clarinbridge.

Tony Daley, and his crew of helpers drawn from Predator Tri Club in Athenry, put on a great show with a well marked and extremely capably marshaled course.   We were greeted at the finish line by a gantry, a photographer, a race clock, Frank Burke (congratulations on his recent 40:01 10KM BTW) on the race timer and a tent where there were drinks and other refreshments available to all. 

Marathon Club Ireland

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Our aim is to help, encourage and motivate as many people as possible to take on the challenge of completing the classic 26.2 mile distance and beyond, once, ten times or one hundred times. All levels and capabilities are catered for, young to old, slow to fast, slim to not so slim.

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Cong 8km Race - June 5th - In Aid of IMNDA

Team FreeWheelers are organizing an 8km Run through the scenic Cong Woods to raise money for Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. The FreeWheelers are a group of 7 lads who have undertaken the grueling challenge of cycling the L'Étape de Tour Alp d'Huez 2011 to raise funds for this worthy charity. It promises to be a great day out for people with all abilities. Enter now on Your support would be greatly appreciated.
AAI Permit applied for.
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