RACES: Good start to the season

My athletes have had a great start to the season. Glendalough AC collected 6 medals at the recent Wicklow Road Championships and 5 out of 8 runners set a personal best. We did this largely off sessions that were steady-state in nature rather than hard interval training and the biggest personal best came from a girl who did mainly low intensity MAF training and only a single race-specific session.

In the hills, Amidou resumed racing by winning the Laragh 6 km Trail race before finishing 4th at Tonelagee and the Lake and 8th at Howth.

Jason started his season later as he has a long Irish Championship campaign ahead and not much time to rest between the cross-country season and the hill running season. He jumped into Ballybraid - a last minute decision - after a hard week of training in Spain. We just wanted to blow the cob-webs off him before the first race in the IC. It went well with Jason leading the climb until he missed a short-cut and had to work himself back in the front. By the ridge between Mullacor and  Braige, Jason and Brian Fennelly were setting the tone of the race together. Coming off Carrigaleenen and the steep grassy descent to Drumgoff, he veered slightly off the optimal line with only a few hundred metres to go leaving an opening for Adrian Hennessy to swoop in an take victory. Thankfully he recovered to 2nd.

For myself I jumped I had to start my racing season before I intended, in order to qualify for our Wicklow Way Relay team. I jumped into the Park Run in Shanganagh and ran 19:32 without a fuss which was a good return for me on the low mileage training I have been doing this year. The future looks bright all around and even baby Cillian looks set to be twice the athlete his father is - or more!

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