The programme of events and other details of the upcoming Connaught Regional Indoor Track and Field Championships have now been released. Entry forms (standard & relay) for the championships, a timetable of events and a list of rules and regulations are attached to this article and can be downloaded.
The Western Region have put in place a competition Secretary for this competition who may be contacted at the following email address. Clubs who supply an email address will have their entries acknowledged prior to the competition and kept advised of all developments prior to and following the competition.
A short while ago I finished reading Paul Reese's fine book, "Ten Million Steps: The Incredible Journey of Paul Reese, Who Ran Across America--A Marathon a Day for 124 Days--At Age 73", (High Country Books, ISBN: 1567960146). This hugely impressive book details one of the most impressive ultrarunning feats I've seen described. Unfortunately Paul passed away in 2004 but not before he had some other adventure and published two more books which I can't wait to read. In 1997 he published "Go East Old Man: Adventures of a Runner in His 70s Traveling 22 Western States", edited by Joe Henderson, (Keokee Company Publishing, Inc., ISBN: 1879628155). (Click Heading for More)
GCH Running star Gary Thornton produced another fantastic performance whilst rereresenting Ireland in the Belfast International UK Cross Challenge at Stormont on Saturday last. Competing in the senior men's race Gary finished hot on the heels of Clare's Seamus Power in an impressive 11th place. Gary's running has improved out of all recognition this year and he's running well in elite company.
The Galway Board of the AAI organised a well attended and successful County Indoor Championships last Saturday the 6th of January. Events ranged accross the age groups from U12 to senior athletes. Although full results are not to hand yet a few events are noteworthy.
In the 3,000m Loughrea's Jason Broderick once again stamped his authority on the field coming home in front of Craughwel's Mark Davis and Athenry's young star Seamie Gilhooley. Rumour has it that Mark set off at a blistering pace from the gun but was forced to a premature halt by a lace that had become untied.
The Connaught Masters, Junior & Senior cross-country championship, which had been scheduled for the 8th January in Ballina, has been moved to 21st January at the same venue.
The indoor action next weekend, for Galway based athletes both young and old, will be at the indoor arena in Nenagh, Co.Tipperary. The championship kicks off with a senior race over 3,000m at 11:00am on Saturday the 7th January.
Enquiries from Galway based athletes to PJ Coyle (Sec Galway County Board) at [email protected]
Well, we love 'em, our spouses, don't we, but what do you say when you are training for a marathon and you hear "Don't run too fast"! ...
I had planned to make a bid for a goodish time in Dublin this year for my first marathon but a bad chest infection in early Summer meant that I couldn't train so the time schedule fell back a little and I scoured the Internet looking for the very last European marathons for the calendar year 2005. Fortuitously, RyanAir opened a new flight to Nantes in southern Brittany and just bit further south on the coast, I saw that La Rochelle was planning one for Sunday Nov 27th, so that had to be the one. It gave me the bare 18 weeks that many consider the minimum training time needed. Dublin was four weeks earlier so I could run a slowish one there to prove to myself that I could run the distance.
Ray O'Connor, Race Director of the hugely successful Failte Ireland Connemara Marathon races (www.connemarathon.com), has decided to award a small number of complimentary entries to the 2006 running of his events to successful runners in this year's Proactive Fields of Athenry 10K road race.
Complimentary entries will be made available to the first man and woman past the post on St.Stephen's Day in Athenry and also to the first man and woman past the post who can claim to have participated in all previous Fields of Athenry 10k races. According to our records the select band of runners who can claim to have taken part in all three previous versions of the race to date are as follows;