Limerick 4 Mile Road Championship
Sunday saw the 2018 running of the Limerick 4 Mile Road Championship and for the first time in many years it was hosted by our own club. Conditions on the day were perfect by the time 1 pm came and the legendary Patsy “Dasher” Cronin blew the whistle to start the ladies race in an event he won himself 60 years ago. The women’s race was won decisively by Ann McPhail of Dooneen AC from her club mate Shona O’Flynn with Aisling Aherne of An Bru 3rd in times of 25:04 25:58 and 27:37 respectively. Our first finisher was Cora Fenton in 10th place overall which saw her finish 2nd in the over 45 category only behind the overall winner. Our Team including Cora and with Aisling Wallace (making her competitive debut for the club) ,Ash Deady and Peggy Lynch took Silver for the second successive year in the novice ladies with Peggy for good measure taking silver in the over 50 category.
A high quality and competitive men’s race was won by Sean Doyle of An Bru in a time of 20:09 with Declan Moore of Bilboa AC 2nd in 20:32 with Martin Doody of Limerick AC 3rd in 20:42. PJ Carey finished 13th in a time of 22:36 which saw him claim bronze in the over 40 category.. Tony McMahon was the next finisher for the club in a time of 25:14 which saw him claim 1st place in the over 55 category. Our other finishers were Krzysztof Sikorski 26:05, Donie Dwane 27:02, Mike Reynolds 32:55, Jerry Sheedy 33:45 and Patrick Roche 34:30. Patrick claimed silver in the over 55 category while Mike and Jerry occupied the first two places in the over 60 category. Our over 50’s team with a combined age of 257 years of Tony, Mike, Jerry and Patrick claimed gold in the over 50 category. Our novice team of PJ, Tony, Krzysztof and Donie finished 5th in the novice men’s narrowly failing to get amongst the podium places as they did last year.
From conversing with the competitors after the event the race was a unqualified success with the level of organization, the route, the facilities and refreshments all receiving positive feedback. Of course none of this happens by accident and a lot of hard work went into delivering the event. Special thanks to Tom Quinn in the lead car, The Kilmallock branch of the Irish Red Cross. Deebert house hotel for help with the catering, Kilmallock GAA for the use of their facilities, Willie Fitzgerald for his photography , the many members of the club and the community too numerous to mention who helped in the stewarding and the preparation of the event and everyone who turned out to support the athletes especially in the home straight. The “Dasher” Cronin acted both as starter and as the presenter during the medal ceremony a role he filled with aplomb. Congratulations to all the athletes who took part and made this a special day for the club.
Other running news
Patrick Roche completed the MCI Salthill marathon just 24 hours before competing in the Limerick 4 Mile Road Championship. Patrick completed the race in a time of 5:16:49 for his 95th marathon. Next up for him is the Tralee marathon the day after St Patrick’s day.
Training and C25K
The club trains four times a week. Week 9/11 of C25K takes place next Monday & Wednesday in the Supervalu car park. Fridays training is meeting @ the side car park of the Church @ 7 pm 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. All athletes training in the evenings should dress appropriately with clothing suitable for the conditions including high Vis Vests. The Club can be contacted on Facebook or our Twitter account @Kilmallock_AC.
St Patrick’s day
The club will have a float in the Kilmallock St Patrick’s day parade and we will be assembling near the Church after 12 O Clock mass. Our club captain Derek Sheedy is putting together the float which should prove interesting and we ask all parents to have the participating children dropped off @ the Church.