Johnny (Hal) Mulcahy finishing his first half marathon
The weekend gone by was another very busy weekend for the club with club runners in action in different parts of the country and even in other countries. Friday evening saw the second race in the 2018 Ballyhoura series take place in Galbally with the running of the newly renamed Michael “Curly” Cunningham 4 Mile Road Race. Due to the esteem and affection in which the late “Curley” was held the race attracted a large crowd from across Munster with the high calibre of runners taking part illustrated by the winning time of 19:36. Our own runners numbering 9 all ran very well with PB’s and fast times for almost all.
First home for the club was Janusz Chelstowski who showed few effects of his ultra marathon run the previous weekend in clocking 24:26 for 43rd place. Not far behind in a PB smashing time was John Paul McCarthy in 24:43 (48th). Running for his first time for the club in 2 years was Kieran Stubbins who clocked an impressive time of 25:33 (70). Hot on his heels was Donie Dwane who knocked almost a minute of his personal record with a time of 25:45 (76th). Also running a PB was Maurice McEniry in a time of 28:33. Andrew Wormald who completed the Ballyhoura Trail Half marathon less than a week previously clocked a time of 29:59. Finishing side by side were Joe McCormack and our sole female representative Aisling Deady (PB) in a time of 32:16 with Micheal Leahy completing the list of runners finishing in a time of 41:04. Thanks to Mooreabbey Milers and the Cunningham family for such an enjoyable race and occasion.
On Saturday Johnny (Hal) Mulcahy ran his first Half marathon when completing The Searlait Tywang Memorial Road Run in Castlecomer Co Kilkenny. Johnny was running to raise money for the National Children’s Cancer Charity and completed the run in a time of 2:41:11, a good effort on a tough course. On Sunday Gitta Cahill completed in an 18KM trail run in the famous Black Forest in the South of Germany. This is an annual event that attracts thousands to an area known the world over for its breathtaking scenery . Gitta proudly wore her Kilmallock AC Singlet for the run in her native country.
Saturday saw Adam Lewis representing his school Redhill School Patrickswell in an Special Olympics Munster athletics event in CIT in Cork. It turned out to be a very successful day for Adam and his schoolmates with Adam Striking Gold in the Long jump and relay and finishing 4th in the 100 metres Next stop for Adam is the national finals in Dublin next month where he will be part of Team Muster who will be competing for places in the Irish Team for the World Finals which will be held in Abu Dhabi in 2019.
Leg 3 of the series will be hosted by Buttervant AC next Friday @ 8pm in Buttervant. This is the inaugural running of this race. Our own 5 miler follows on the following Friday. We are honoured to announce that the Legendary John Downes Senior who won many national titles both individually and with Kilmallock AC in the 50’s and 60’s will act as starter for this year’s race.
The club trains four times a week. with training Mondays, Wednesday’s and Friday’s @ 7 pm @ the side car park of the church with training on Sundays outside Deebert House Hotel @ 10 am. Training for our Junior athletes takes place @ 6:15 till 7:15 in St Joseph’s Chareville every Tuesday, Cost is €2 per child. New members are welcome all year round. All ages and levels of experience are welcome.. The Club can be contacted on Facebook or our Twitter account @Kilmallock_AC.