Virtual Great Limerick Marathon 2021 (1st May)
Joan Flynn happy with sub-3 hour Virtual Marathon
Long distance virtual races are mentally much harder, with no fellow competitors and even spectators to help an athlete generate some extra adrenaline to help push them on, but Joan Flynn proved her mettle on Saturday morning 1st May when she ran the 2021 Virtual Great Limerick Marathon on country roads around Athlone. On paper, the weather was ideal for running, cool and nearly calm conditions, but midway through, the sun got very strong and it turned out to be very hot indeed. Joan finished in 2 hours 57 minutes, more than satisfied to run under the 3 hour mark during Covid times with no real races for so long and having really just ticked over for the last twelve months. Joan was very lucky to have great company though, as Maurice Looby also ran along with her, using it as a training run for his ultra training. Both were very appreciative of the great support they received from other runners they met along the way. This is not the first virtual marathon that Joan has run but she hopes it is the last and that there is a return to proper live races as soon as possible.