The Athlone 3/4 Marathon

by John Shiels

20141005_APL-1538Despite the forecast earlier in the week the day dawned dry but overcast with a stiff breeze. An early start saw MagsR and myself down in Glasson for 9.30am and time to drive the course to look for likely spots to capture runners later. We settled for the main road in Glasson to start and then drove up to the 5 mile mark via a short cut. From there Mags took the high ground at the top of the hill while I walked about a kilometre down the course and back.

We then headed over to the last junction at the bottom of the hill around the 19 mile mark and I took a walk up the lane to the “1 KM to go” sign.

The rain held off and a new course record was set by Gary O’Hanlon in a savage time of 1:45:12 followed home by Barry Minnock in 1:49:55 ahead of Liam Feely in 1.49.57  First lady home was Fiona Stack in 2:09:15 ahead of Angela McCann 2:12:53 and Teresa Agar in 2:14:04.

Full set of results available on the Athlone 3/4 marathon website