Maam Cross, Co Galway
Not long until April 1st!
I just want to thank everyone on the Connemara Marathon team for making yesterday so special. It was a day from heaven - even if large parts of it did fell like hell :)
Those hills are tough but the pain was worth it. Thanks for a great day yesterday, sore but happy today. All went well and was well organized by you. See you all again next year.
The organisation was faultless, from the baggage buses, to the fantastic aid stations(those kids worked HARD), to the t shirts and medals. All utterly, utterly wonderful (the scenery was quite nice too-tee hee).
Ronhill Connemara Ultra Marathon Course Record Holder returns.Fri, 26/02/2010
Dennis Walmsley returns to Connemara
In 2005 UK ultra runner Dennis Walmsley completed the 39.3 mile Connemara Ultra Marathon course in a staggering 4 hours 10 minutes and 38 seconds to claim the course record. His splits that day were 1:20, 1:25, 1:25 which saw him run the first 26.2 miles in just 2 hours 45 minutes (a time that would have won the full marathon that day!) and then went on to blitz the half marathon course in a time that would have seen him in the top ten in the half marathon. Truly inspiring!
Dennis returns in an effort to not only win the race again, but also to better that course record and pick up a €1,000 bonus for his efforts.
While it has been a while since Dennis last took on the challenge of an Ultra race, he has been running very well and is the current World Marathon Masters V45 Champion, a title he picked up in Finland with a time of 2 hours and 33 minutes.
Dennis won’t have it all his own way though with the return of last year’s Connemara Ultra winner Vasily Neumerzhitskiy. Local ultra runner Mick Rice, who has run the course more times than anyone else, has had the 2010 event in his sights for quite a while. Mick is building up for longer distance races later this year so will be keen to put in a good performance. Both will no doubt keep Dennis in sights making this year’s Ultra one to really watch.