We guess it depends on what day your race/run took place. Saturday was unbelievably warm for many of us. We went for a long(ish) run that evening, and if we’d wanted to be that sweaty and flustered, we’d have just read Fifty Shades of Grey.
Crossing the early part of the weekend was the Energia 24 Hour Race in Bangor. Here’s a short post by winner John O’Regan on the incredible challenge. “Still a bit tired after the race…” he admits. He did run over 129 miles, after all. More details here.
A lot of people enjoyed the sunshine at the Clontarf Half Marathon and 5 Mile on Saturday – although we got a tweet saying it was “sooooo hot!” The race’s Facebook site has a whole heap of shots.
The Garden of Ireland 7k took place on Saturday evening at Powerscourt. Here are the results.
Also over the weekend: the Carrick-on-Suir Triathlon and the Cope Galway Triathlon.
For even grander adventures, several Irish were doing German long distance events. At Challenge Roth (right), Matt Molloy did the 3.8k swim, 180k bike and marathon in 9 hours and 3 minutes. Stunning. Here are all the Irish results.
Meanwhile, at Ironman Frakfurt, Sharon O’Hara won the 18-24 women’s category. Well done to her and to the many Irish who took part in that savage event. Triathlon Ireland has a rundown of other Irish results across the world here.
Meanwhile, some Irish athletes were making a last ditch attempt at the Olympic A Standard. They included Jason Smyth, who wrote about that pressure in The Irish Times on Saturday. It’s a fascinating insight.
Also over the weekend, Ian O’Riordan wrote this great piece about how the 1960 Olympic Marathon – and Abebe Bikila – changed running forever.
Finally, here’s Joanne Cuddihy talking winning at Santry, but also the stress about her sister Catriona Cuddihy losing out on the 4×400 Olympic Relay team. Originally picked, an appeal saw her withdrawn in favour of Joanna Mills.