They inverted the course direction and the weather pattern inverted from the last few days– instead of starting sunny and raining in the afternoon; it started foggy and the sun eventually shone through. Athenry AC had another great day out at the impeccably organised second Craughwell AC 10 mile road race on Sunday. A fantastic 46 participants from the club turned out in maroon and white.
A third report from an Athenry AC member down in Ballycotton last week...
FULL AND FINAL RESULT NOW APPENDED - 11 April 2011
Longford AC are running their 2nd Summer running series this year following on from the 1st series in 2010. An extra race has been added to the series this year (a 5K race.
All races will have an AAI permit.
The purpose of the series is to build up athletes to the Longford Marathon at the end of August
Race 1, 5K, Sunday 17th April, 11am, Registration at the Mall Sports Complex, Longford Town
Race 2, 10K, Sunday 22nd May, 11am, Registration at the Mall Sports Complex, Longford Town
Race 3, 10 Mile, Sunday 12th June, 11am, Registration at the Mall Sports Complex, Longford Town
Saturday morning started with my picking up Elaine Quinn, Martina McShane and Maria Long. As I said later to Owen Curran it was a case of how many Athenry athletes could we fit in a Yaris?
The four of us landed in Kinvara just after 9am, the driver got her distances a tad wrong hence the early arrival but this meant getting a parking spot right next to the finish line, so it was foresight really.
After hanging out in the car for a bit we headed to registration and picked up our numbers, chips and goodie bags, then we chilled with Frances and Liam Egan.
One of the many GB Shaw quotes is, "We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing". (Was he any relation to our current secretary, Iain?)
In Athenry AC there's a small few of us still 'playing.' Last weekend I decided to travel to that lovely East Cork village of Ballycotton for their annual 10 mile road race. This race was started back in 1978 when Jack Lynch was Taoiseach, ‘Rare Auld Times’ by Danny Doyle was number one in the charts, oh and 31 finished the race that day, all male by the way.
There's something special about this race. It’s my favourite race and as I sat near the finish area, completely exhausted, I was already looking forward to next year’s race and getting another shot at this course.
See http://www.rockandroad.ie/results.html for the results of both races in Kinvara last weekend. 10KM: http://ie.katana3.com/online/event.ctrl?cmd=result&event=1807336308 Half Marathon: http://ie.katana3.com/online/event.ctrl?cmd=result&event=685008440
Both articles mention Paul Hession in passing but are more to the with the weekend's European Indoors...
Irish Times: 'We do need to take a hard look at ourselves,' says McGonagle
Irish Independent: Athletics: Irish left watching from the sidelines
It's that time of year again! Please note online entry opening date below as last year the series filled up in a few hours - so put a reminder in your phone.
The Galway 5km series for 2011 will take place on the following dates and venues:
Tuesday 3rd May 2011 - Newcastle, Athenry @ 7:45pm
Tuesday 10th May 2011 - Tuam, @ 8:00pm
Tuesday 17th May - Craughwell, @ 8:00pm
Tuesday 24th May - Claregalway, @ 8:00pm
Tuesday 31st May - Galway, @ 8:00pm
Tuesday 7th June - Loughrea, @ 8:00pm