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Connemara Raiding Party

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from Athenry AC Athenry AC’s annual pre-Connemara Marathon raiding party took to the roads of Connemara this weekend to test out the famous marathon route before the big day next month. A full compliment of 27 dedicated Connemara Marathon aspirants wrapped up well and braved the cold weather and were rewarded with a stunning day in the mountains. A touch of showbiz glamour was added by the participation of “Run Johnny Run”, former Sawdoctor’s drummer and current marathon fundraiser, Johnny Donnelly. Johnny has been involved with fundraising for the Sea Change Foundation over recent months and more details of his efforts on their behalf can be found at (https://www.runjohnnyrun.ie/ and https://www.seachangefoundation.ie/). Johnny completed the full marathon route at his ease despite a recent hectic schedule. Johnny had been scheduled to run a marathon in Death Valley in California on the same day but unfortnately had to abandon his plans after flight delays in Dublin due to the bad weather.

Special mention has tio go to Connemara Marathon race director Ray O’Connor who is currently training for an assault on the Marathon Des Sables Ultramarathon. Starting at 06:00am in the black dark on frosty Connemara roads, Ray completed a solo circumnavigation of the Connemara Ultramarathon route as a training run! How’s that for dedication to the cause! A true sportsman and a gentleman to boot.

The day was a great success as various distances were covered by the various participants along the famous route in crystal clear conditions .When the early icy patches burnt off it was like heaven for runners amidst the majestic Connemara scenery.

Many Thanks To Gerry Barrett for such great service with the minibus, and of course our bus driver, ‘Fit4Lifer’ Michael.

Until next March and, of course, next year….