Children of the Road at the Clonakilty Marathon 2016 (Part II of II)

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Trapped! It looks like I’m going to spend the whole day locked in this house in Clonakilty instead of photographing the marathon here. (Photos here -albums: #1, #2, #3 )

“If you’re last out, lock the door and leave the key under the mat,” I was told by a very nice lady in the house I’m staying in, “the key will be left in the door until the last person leaves.” But there is no key in the door. With astute and rapid reasoning I realise the only other option is to climb out one of the windows. Continue reading “Children of the Road at the Clonakilty Marathon 2016 (Part II of II)”

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More Than a Marathon in Clonakilty 2016 (Part 1 of 2)

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From Left to Right: Ia Hilliard (organiser), Frank Greally (Irish Runner editor), Adrianne Haslet (Boston Marathon survivor), Ray O’Connor (race director), Neil Cusack (1974 Boston Marathon winner), Amby Burfoot (1968 Boston Marathon winner), Bobbi Gibb (ran Boston when a woman doing so wasn’t sanctioned), Bob Hilliard (organiser).

Hospitalisation seeming like a very real necessity to him, at mile 97, is the climax of Ray O’Connor’s humourous description of his first ever attempt to run 100 miles in the annual Connemara ultra run of which he is the founder (he finished). No stranger to extreme running, Ray is a marketing professional, keen running enthusiast, one of  the race directors of this year’s Clonakilty Marathon and the man-on-the-mike for an inspirational series of talks with running superstars and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings. Continue reading “More Than a Marathon in Clonakilty 2016 (Part 1 of 2)”