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Ironman Ireland - Youghal

On the weekend of the 13th and 14th August, the Ironman Ireland event took place in Youghal. 4 of our brilliant club members were in action on a weekend that saw some of the hottest conditions this year. On the Saturday, Cliona Hurley, Richard Hawkins and Dave Mullins competed in the Ironman 70.3. That 70.3 stands for miles as the three stars took on a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle and 13.1 mile run. In the most challenging weather, Dave was the first to finish, completing the swim, cycle and run in a time of 6 hours and 6 minutes. Good enough for 31st place in category. Richard was next home in a time of 6:27:21 and a 17th in category finish. Cliona followed the lads across the finish line in a time of 6:56:41, 23rd in category. All three finished inside the 7 hour mark, which was an amazing feat.

On the Sunday morning Tony Dunne set off on the epic journey that is the full Ironman. A different type of cruelty, Tony completed a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and a full 26.2 mile marathon. And what an unbelievable performance in the toughest of conditions, Tony finished in a time of 12:27:38. That placed him top 50 in category and 279th out of a field of over 1000. Congratulations to all four members, an incredible achievement that will live long in the memory.

Running with .......

Running with ... are a series of short interviews that give you the opportunity to get to know some of our club members. This month we hear from one of our most positive, supportive and talented members Ann Marie Davis.

Tell us why you run?

I run for my mental and physical wellbeing.

Who are your running tribe?

Alan (husband) and Liza (sister in law) mostly

Cross, track or road?

Road running

Favourite race?

10km is just the right distance for me

Music or podcasts?

No devices... All quiet.

On your feet?

Nike Invincibles 2021

Your proudest athletics moment?

The leg of the relay from this years Cork City Marathon. I was delighted with my time.

And when the work is done?

Yoga, clean the house 😁 and walk the dogs


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