4:28:45 On a very hilly course on a windy day.
I was back on my comfort zone this week at marathon distance away from those lung and gut busting 5K and 8K races.
As I was early I took the coast road to Enistimon. Soon the awesomeness of the Burren, the knowledge that Dave Brady was a one off and Brian has turned out to be one of the worlds best ultra runners (Connemera 100 time was top 10 globally this year for 100 miles) and the fact that I had my own inspirational story soon brought me round and I arrived at the startling line back to normal.
There was a lovely atmosphere at the start line where 31 runners had come along for this MCI organised event on this new course. It was Patrick O'Neill and Theresa Murphy's first attempt at being race directors and it was a fantastic effort and brilliantly organized.
|And we are off|
|Valarie and Brenda and MO|
We continued on for an
other 3 miles dropping into Lehinch past the world famous golf course which I played some 25 years ago. It still rates as one of the best. At this stage our group had broken up and I was with Valerie and Brenda. In Lehinch the route brought us along the promenade where we felt the full force of the strong westerly. It was beautiful. At the end of the prom was an aid station manned by Vincent Guthrie who was obviously still in Connemara 100 crewing mode as he was refusing to give out salt tablets to anyone who didn't have a doctor cert (thanks Vincent for all the encouragement)
|Lehinch Golf club|
|Marie Chapman on Lehinch prom|
|Some of the obstacles|
|The wrong shoes|
Now we have the countdown to what will be a super weekend on Achill. This was my favorite event last year and I can't wait,