Mick Bolger is running very well at the moment, setting a very fast time of 16.56 in the Streets of Wicklow 5k on St. Stephens Day. Mick finished 13th. Also running for the Club was Greg Byrne who was 32nd in 18.28, and Grainne Connor ran 20.27. Provisional Results are attached. Well done to all.
Sean Hehir registered yet another great win in 2011 by easily winning the Streets of Athenry 10k in 31.07 from Emmet Dunleavy (Sligo 31.19), Lizzie Lee from Leevale won the ladies race in 36.26. Brian Furey was 11th in the race in a time of 34.56. Full results are on the Athenry Athletic Club website and on Lindie Naughton's Blog. Well done Sean and Brian.
Lindie's Wed. 27th Dec. Evening Herald report at On your Marks features Sean's Athenry win which earned him a place on the Marathon Mission 2012 squad.
Eoin Flynn is proving there is no stopping in his improving form by running 31m18s for the Playa de Ingles 10k road race which represents a massive improvement on his PB. To set this time he had to run 6 laps around a car park, beside the beach in 18 degree heat and no wind. We would give anything for these running conditions at the moment. Well done to Eoin and we hope his great form continues into the new year.
Catherine Devitt ran the race of her life when coming second in today's National Novice Cross Country in the Curragh over a testing 3k course. Catherine mixed it with the leading four for the first small lap and ran into a commanding second place in the final large lap. Catherine was also first scorer on the winning Dublin team. Laura Behan, KCK AC was first. Next for the Club came Eilis Connery (47th), Ciara Hassett (53rd), Grainne Connor (60th) and Aisling Tohill. The ladies team were in 3rd place. In the Mens Novice race over 6k Louis McCarthy was first home for the Club in 16th place. Louis was a scorer on the winning Dublin team. Louis was followed by Niall Somers (53rd), Paul Stephenson, (58th) and Shane O'Neill (80th) who scored on the Club team to take 6th place. Good runs were had by Eugene Coakley, Jason Reid, Neil Bolger, Ciaran Alyward, John Brennan, Aidan Connolly, Terry Clarke, Peter Twomey and Gerard Claffey. David Scanlon ran well in the Boys Under 19 race as did Mitchell Byrne from Walkinstown AC. Well done to all. Provisional results of the Novice races are on the AAI website. Pictures are posted in the Gallery.
Catherine running in for second place and after being presented with the silver medal
Ladies Novice team (Grainne, Catherine, Eilis, Aisling and Ciara)
Mens Novice team (Back Row: Peter, Paul, Gerard, Niall, Louis, Eugene, Ciaran and Aiden. Front row: Shane, Neil and Jason)
Well done to Edwin Keville who came 11th out of 1155 finishers, in a time of 75.48, in the Waterford Half Marathon on Saturday. Edwin was the first master home and he was over 2 minutes faster than his national Half Marathon time on the same course. Other Club finishers included Louis Kelleher (29th in 81.38), Finbar Watterson (82nd in 87.34), Brian McNally (88th in 87.51) and Eddie O'Mahoney (124th in 89.40). Full results at Running in Munster website. Well done to all.