The Brief spell of Glorious weather which was welcomed by farmers, gardeners, sun lovers and 99.9 % of the population did however make the running events which took place on the bank holiday weekend more challenging than they already were. However many club athletes took part in the local events which took place on the roads, streets and trails of county Limerick. Starting on Saturday the club had runners in all bar the 10K event in the Ballyhoura trails events. In the ultra event Janusz Chelstowski finished an excellent 5th in 6:15:27 only 9 seconds off 4th place with Krzysztof Sikorski 19th of the 53 runners in a time of 7:16:36. In the full marathon Patrick Roche completed the first of a weekend triple header in a time of 7:06:13. Liz Leonard finished 30th in a time of 5:26:10 and second female. In the half Andrew Wormald who competed regularly in the MMRA Winter League finished in a time of 2:36:20 finishing well inside the top 100.
On Sunday The Great Limerick Run was the main focus of attention with a reported 7000+ participants in the various events with the weather was even warmer than on Saturday. Patrick Roche ran in the middle leg of his marathon trilogy finishing in a time of 5:47:03. In the marathon relay the Kilmallock AC team with 3 of last year’s team improved on their 2017 finishing position by finishing 4th out of 61 teams. The team was PJ Carey, Vadim Lisanskij , Krzysztof Sikorski with newcomer John Paul McCarthy . The team finished in a combined time of 2:59:53. In the half marathon Ed Hannon finished in a time of 1:28:00 with Donie Dwane finishing in 1:41:35. The elder statesman of our club Jerry Sheedy completed the half in 2:06:29. This gave Jerry a category position of 5th in the over 65 even though Jerry is approaching 71 this year.
The 6 mile is traditionally the most popular of the running events with over 4200 finishers this year. Runners, joggers, walkers and buggy pushers of all ages took part in the run. Running for Kilmallock were John Moloney 49:49, Sonya Ryan 51:31, Jenny Clery 54:07 Aoife Dennehy 1:00:09, Mary Dwane 1:00:09, Peggy Burke 1:00:32 Ber Gammell 1:01:21, Micheal Leahy 1:08:46, Theresa Clery 1:35:44, Kathleen Fitzgerald 1:35:22 and Esther Kiely 1:35:43. Well done to all who took part as dehydration and heat exhaustion were additional challenges to be overcome. On Monday Patrick Roche completed his triple header by running the very challenging MCI Killoscully Marathon a total weekend mileage of over 78 miles.
In September one of our female athletes Cora Fenton will take on the role of one of the country’s most iconic sports person when she takes to the stage in “Sonia” a play by John Sheehan the writer in residence in Kilmallock’s Friars Gate Theatre. The play is based on the life of Sonia O’Sullivan and features contributions from Sonia herself. In the recent Cobh 10 miler which carries her name Sonia was 4th in the Over 45 category with Cora not far behind in 8th in a time of 1:18:44. The play premieres in Friars Gate on the 24th of September and also runs in Cork’s Everyman Theatre.
Friday night sees the 2nd race in the Ballyhoura race series the Mooreabbey Milers 4 Miler in Galbally. The race has been renamed in honour of Micheal “Curly” Cunningham with a new trophy being presented this year. The race starts @ 7.30 pm.
Training and C25K
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.