Churchtown RoadRunners Club Notes 3/1/2018


Last Saturday we had a very strong contingent at the Newtownshandrum 5k, this is a challenging but very enjoyable course and was excellently run by Shandrum AC who also provided a fabulous spread afterwards and a huge number of spot prizes which I think our club came home with more than our share of.  Congratulations to Pauline, Neville and Anita who secured pb’s.  Congratulations to Catherine Hanlon who took part in the Togher AC 5k on Sunday in very wet conditions.  There are a few races coming up at the end of the month, the Milford Hospice 10k, the North Cork AC 5k in Doneraile Park and the Dungarvan 10 on 4th February, which I know a number of our members are targeting.  The weather hasn’t been great at all lately but we are very fortunate to have a superb astro turf hall at the GAA grounds which we can hire when the weather is unfavourable.  We had a great session and turnout last night for our first meet of the year, this was held indoors in the hall.
Winter League – The Wild Chase 
Last weekend was the sixth and final round of our winter league where entrants had the option of running in the Shandrum AC 5k or the Togher AC 5k.  There was a twist to the final round with runners being allowed wear their GPS devices for the first time but their predicted times were kept secret until after the run.  One point was awarded this week for every second you finished under your predicted time but one point was deducted for every point you finished over your predicted time.  As a result there was a serious shake up to the leaderboard with Neville Sweetnam shooting to the top.  Congratulations to all the winners and a huge thank you to Club Chairman Brain Murphy for organising it all.  This was the second year of the league and like last year was a huge success with runners improving their times significantly.  The leaderboard finished as follows:
614 Neville Sweetnam – 1st Male
597 Martina Maloney – 1st Female
586 Mike Browne
549 Margie O’Connor
544 Claire Sexton (North Cork AC) – 1st Outsider
534 Anita O’Brien
529 Linda Malone
523 Pauline Sweetnam
523 Catherine Hanlon
515 Katie Murphy
512 Derry Tierney
512 Dave Hanlon
503 Brian Murphy – Most Improved Male
460 Joanne Hanrahan
445 Deirdre O’Leary
442 Lisa Kilcommons
421 Cathy O’Sullivan – Most Improved Female
415 Angela Dobinson
414 Johnny Sexto
December 5k A Day Challenge 
Through our friends in Kerry Crusaders a few of us have joined their annual December challenge. The challenge was simple, complete 5k each day by either running, walking or crawling. This is a challenge at any time of the year but in December on top of everyone’s normal daily life add in the short day’s, long night’s and the party season. This year we have also been graced with proper winter weather conditions, which has taken it’s toll on our runners with most of us taking ill.  But taking it all in to consideration we are all enjoying the challenge. We started out with ten members and we’re delighted to say, three week’s in, we’ve seven members still in. Best of Luck guys, we’re all intrigued to hear how you get on.
Club AGM and registration night this Friday 5th January at 8pm in the GAA meeting room.


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. Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm and Sunday at 10am, meeting near the playground at the GAA ground. Check us out on Facebook: