The Connemara Marathon which includes a half marathon and an ultra marathon was held on Sunday the 26th of March over an exceptionally demanding hilly course – they don’t do things on the flat out west. This is a race which has continued to grow in popularity for the sadists amongst us. A sizeable Clonliffe contingent made the long journey west for the weekend.
Pride of place goes to Aisling Coppinger who won the Ladies ultra race, held over no less than 41 miles, in a time of 5hrs28:20 Aisling’s husband Tony Kiernan also ran in the ultra race.
Wimping out of the ultra race was Maurice McCrohan who decided to concentrate on short distance for the weekend – the marathon!. Maurice ran a superb race to record a magnificent time of 3:02.55, the course adding possibly up to 15 minutes onto his time, to claim a magnificent 3rd place in the race. The race winner was the only man to break 3hrs – M. Halvey with 2:57.14.
On the Saturday Eugene Coppinger ran a lonely marathon, this was a marathon over the same route for the race directors, there were only ten competitors and Eugene ran solo as a training run to record a time of 3:16.
In the sprint race (the half marathon!) Kieran Murphy ran a half marathon PB of 90 minutes, again being well pleased, the course and conditions adding considerably to his time.
Our ladies were also out in force on the half marathon recording the following times:
Aisling McDermott – 1hr:42 Maura Ni Charabhill – 1hr:44 Tara – 1hr:46
(check the Connemara marathon site for official timings/places)