Glendalough Clover Ultra Trail Race
On Saturday Krzysztof Sikorski took on one of the extreme challenges in Irish running when he completed the Glendalough Clover 80K Ultra Trail Run. The Challenge takes the participants on a gruelling trek through the scenic Wicklow mountains and has a total ascent of over 3000 metres with some climbs reaching over 600 metres. The solo race of which Krzysztof was one of 65 registered runners began @ 7 AM and as well as the extreme length and the climbs the participants also had to cope with very cold conditions at that altitude. The race is given a rating of 10 on the scale used by the Irish Mountain Running Association due to its severity. Because of these factors the race has a high rate of attrition with many failing to finish. Thankfully though Krzysztof had no such issues and finished the race in approximately 11 hours and he covered almost 85 kilometres in total.
Adare 10K and Doneraile 5K
On Sunday the very popular Adare 10K celebrated its 25th birthday with several Kilmallock athletes taking part. Weather conditions were dry but with a very strong wind chill factor which combined with the undulating nature of the course made it a tough challenge for the over 700 runners. First home for the club was the ageless Tony McMahon who finished 34th overall in a time of 40:29 which was good enough for him to win the Over 55 category for the 4th year in a row. Next was Donie Dwane who finished 77th overall and 18th out of 94 in his category despite a slow start in a time of 43:51. The other finisher were Pat O’Donnell 44:36 (13th of 61 Over45), Michaela Moloney 51:38 (17th of 88 Female Over40), Paul O’Mahony 51 minutes approximately, Micheal Leahy 1:07:14, Diarmaid Cahill 1:10:23 and Gita Cahill 1:23:23
On Saturday The second of the Doneraile 5K series took place with two club athletes taking part. PJ Carey finished 4th in a time of 17:59 continuing his fine record in these series of races. Donnacha Enright had his second race since his return from injury and he finished in a time of 22:11 a significant improvement on his run in last month’s Doneraile race which saw him place 27th in a field of almost 120.
Our Coach 2 5K continued this week despite the threat from inclement weather. We have now passed the halfway stage for this year’s event with the 5k run scheduled to take place on Saturday 7th of April. The run will follow the same route as last year starting back from the primary school and finishing in the Supervalu car park. All are welcome to take part with a cost of €5 PP. All proceeds will go towards young Adam Lewis in his appearance in the Special Olympics national finals in Dublin in June.
Training and C25K
The club trains four times a week. Week 7/11 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.