The May Bank Holiday weekend was long over due some decent weather and thankfully we were not disappointed with temperatures soaring to the high teens. Saturday morning our Roadrunners Heather, Martina, Pauline and Derry took on the Ballyhoura Trail Half Marathon with Margie running the new 10k event. A challenging route with two serious climbs in the half, the second climb was in the 10k event. We did take a few seconds to savour the views from the top of those mountains as they were spectacular on Saturday. The event was really well run with volunteers from the local athletic clubs filling runners water bottles at the designated fueling points including a few words of encouragement and advice on the route ahead. Probably the friendliest event I’ve ever run with every runner and walker along the route supporting and encouraging each other. The event finished with Ultra marathoners to 10k runners sitting down together enjoying a beer and curry dinner. A few of our Roadrunners have already decided to retire from trail running after the excursion but others are determined to return next year to tackle and beat those hills.
Congratulations to Mike O’Halloran who ran the 6 mile event in the Great Limerick Run on Sunday in a great time and his first race under the club banner. A special mention to our friends and training buddies from North Cork AC Deirdre O’ Leary and Johnny Sexton who ran the marathon and to Dave Hanlon (Limerick AC) and Clare Sexton in the half marathon. Past member Malachy O’Caisaide was also spotted wearing our club singlet. Thanks Mal, we were delighted to see you. Well done all.
This Friday Mooreabbey Milers AC are hosting leg #2 in the Ballyhoura Active Series with the newly named ‘Michael Curley Cunningham 4 mile’ in Galbally, a donation in Curley’s honour will also be made to the Oncology Unit at CUH. This promises to be a well supported even with runners coming from far and wide running in memory of Curley who was taken way too soon twelve months ago. We will be carpooling so please keep an eye on our social media for details.
Darkness into Light takes place all over the country with the Mallow event starting at 4.15am Saturday morning from Mallow College of Further Education. On Sunday Beweeng Trail Blazers have their annual 5k and 10k and Mungret St Pauls have their 10k event.
5k 2 Better
Our 5k2B programme continues every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm meeting at the National School. Please feel free to join in any night as it is structured to suit all levels. We proved from last year’s group that our 5k2b programme has a lot more to offer than a c25k as the more advanced runner gets to use this to improve their 5k time or increase their distance. Testimonials from the 2017 group:
“This is a fantastic program for anyone starting running for the first time or wanting to get back to running. I did the program last summer and found it a great motivation in a really friendly, encouraging environment. I’ve since moved on from 5km to half marathon which I wouldn’t have done without the group.” AH
“I will be there, it was excellent last year.” MB
“Brilliant programme, the club are so supportive and friendly. Did it last year and ran 4 mile and 5 mile races 3 months in, which I would never have done without the club especially Brian and Martina! Looking forward to getting back into it for the summer. Great fun!” NO’M
Summer Social/Trip Away
Every summer we choose a race to travel to and to stay over afterwards, this year we have chosen the Brandon Bay 10k and Half Marathon on Saturday 14th July. Irish Runner Magazine currently has a code for a reduction on your race entry. Overnight rooms have been provisionally booked for the Saturday night but we are also looking in to the possibility of hiring a bus which will return to Churchtown Saturday evening. Further details to follow.
We have introduced a morning run at 6.30am Monday, Wednesday and Friday on a trial basis for the next few weeks, meeting at the usual place. Regular training continues every Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm and Sunday at 10am, meeting near the playground at the GAA ground. If there are any members who are hoping to target a specific race or time during the spring and summer please do not hesitate in asking our Club Captains or any of our more experienced members for help and guidance.
Please do not hesitate in joining us for any of our training sessions, obligation free. For more information please contact us directly through our Facebook page. Check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thechurchtownroadrunnersac/ or instagram @churchtownroadrunnersac