Kilnaboy 10 Mile Road Race 2006

Gerry Ryan and Veronica Colleran dominate Kilnaboy 10 mile road race.

Full results attached below.

Killnaboy 2006 start

The 22nd Michael (Sonny) Murphy Memorial 10 mile road race and 10k fun walk which was held in ideal weather conditions the 220 competitors from all parts of Ireland competiting in the 10 mile and a record number of walkers 140 taking part in the 10k fun walk.

Gerry Ryan Galway City Harriers dominated this race he was in the leading pack and at the mile mark he broke away and came home two and half minutes ahead of John Byrne Mayo with a winning time of (51mins . 00secs) with Dermot Galvin St Johns third.

Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be

UK:A 100k Champs and Anglo Celtic Plate 02nd April 2006
RAF Innsworth, Gloucester, England.

Race Report by Mick Rice

Where to start?

Sometimes, even when there’s a good story to tell, it’s hard to know where to begin.

Deciding to train for and race this event wasn’t a decision I took lightly. Previous experience in marathon races and a small number of shorter ultramarathons had shown me that long distances deserve respect and that very long distances have to be treated with great caution. All this of course isn’t to say that one shouldn’t have a bash I suppose.

The prospect of this race had dominated all of my training and racing over the last four months. I had run more miles each week than ever before and had chosen not to race in events that meant a lot to me personally. This later choice, particularly in the case of the Connemara Marathon, wasn’t an entirely comfortable one. In short, I had taken this race very seriously, perhaps even too much so. On the positive side, having been nominated as an Irish representative in the event meant that I would be running in Irish colours for the very first time. For an aging plodder like myself this was an opportunity that I couldn’t easily pass up.

Catch me If you can!

Clubperson Of the year Update March 2006

Congratulations to Mick Rice on one of the greatest achievements in his running career to date, completing the 100k Anglo Irish Plate is something only a handful of people would think of undertaking.
Well done Mick.

March sees the welcomed return to racing for Peter Delmer who has gained 6 points from 3 races this month. A day in Connemara saw James, Liam, Bridget Anne, Paul K, Mike Mc, Mark Flan, Gary Begley and Gary Doherty complete 26.2 miles all picking up 3 valuable points in our campaign to find Clubperson of the year. Notable performances on that day came from Brian O’Connor who finished 7th in the half-marathon and Gary Doherty who ran a sub 3:30 (lots of change) in the marathon. Maria Caufield took on the half-marathon challenge for the first time in great style and Michael Rooney completed the 13.1 mile course easily with sub 8 min/miles.

Gerry Ryan and Veronica Colleran retain titles at Quilty

Full Results attached Below

The 36th Anniversary of the Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare Athletic Club and the Michael Egan Memorial 4 mile road race and 4 mile fun walk attracted once again a very big turnout of athletes from all over Ireland along a big number of walkers to the Sea Side Village of Quilty .
Ideal weather conditions with a light head breeze for the final mile, and another outstanding performance by Gerry Ryan Galway City Harriers to retain his title for the second year in a row with a time of (19mins . 45secs) with John Byrne Mayo second and the first Clare athlete third James Mc Intyre Tulla.

Anglo Celtic Hurricane

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Mick Rice completed the UK 100 kilometer Championships (Anglo Celtic Plate) in 8hrs 18mins today (Sunday 2nd April) to finish in seventh position overall. The race was held on a two-mile track at the RAF base in Innsworth, Gloucester. As if the distance was not enough to contend with, a strong wind blew steadily all day on the exposed course, and increased in strength as the day wore on. At one stage chairs blew across the course infront of the lead runners! Times were down across the field in the poor conditions.

The Legend Grows

This Sunday, April 2nd, our own Mick Rice will represent Ireland in the UK 100 kilometer Championships (Anglo Celtic Plate). The race starts at 8:00am and consists of a mind boggling number of laps around a track at the RAF base in Innsworth, Gloucester. All competitors, supporters and officials need security clearance in advance in order to participate on the base (but my personal view is that a sanity check would be more appropriate).

Mick has trained like a trojan for this one and can don the green singlet with pride. On behalf of the club I wish him the very best of luck on Sunday. Why not log in, and post a comment for Mick?

My First Connemara - But not my last

Connemarathon 2006 ”“

We came, we saw, we got wet, but we conquered the Hell of The West.

I should temper my report with the sad news that a fellow runner, a Frank Haines from England, who was running the Half Marathon, collapsed and sadly passed away despite the best efforts of the wonderful medical team and fellow runners who assisted, and our thoughts go out to his friends and family. It puts everything into perspective when a tragedy like this happens, but we must go on and I dedicate my report to Frank and those that have gone before him.

We drove over to Connemara on Saturday, a 4-hour drive from Dublin, heading for out base in Clifden and passing the Marathon Finish at Mamm Cross on the way. As we passed, the preparation activity was going on, so we called in to see what was happening and bumped into a group of people who were running the Race Directors Marathon, a special Invitee’s race to enable those masochists who like to run two marathons in a weekend the opportunity. Some people!

Connemara Half '06. I knew I was in trouble when ...

I knew I was in trouble when I passed Johnny O’Connor inside the first mile. I’m sure he won’t mind me saying that like the proverbial bullet-from-a-gun Johnnie usually goes out hard before gravity takes hold and slows him down. By going past him inside the first mile, I knew that I too had gone out hard.

I knew I was in trouble when my breathing was remarkably more laboured than my fellow climbers on the ascent towards the heavens. After an exhilarating downhill start, watching Peter Matthews sprint away in front of me, the hill climb out of Leenane soon put manners on me. Any euphoric giddiness of race start was soon replaced by a rasping realisation that this was going to be hard work.

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