Mooreabbey Milers Club Notes Weekending 13/05/18

Mooreabbey Milers

Three Hundred Descend on Galbally Village to Remember Curley

The Michael Curley Cunningham 4 Mile
On Friday May 11th we held the Michael ‘Curley’ Cunningham 4 mile. On a day that started out stormy with torrential rain changed as the evening drew in and to quote our race director on the evening Damien “Curley played his part in sending out the sun and banishing the rain”. A mix of emotions were in the air as we were joined by Curleys parents, family and partner. A year will have passed on the 20th of May since we lost Curley. Just shy of 300 people took to the road to pay tribute to Curley a man who was know far and wide, for this we cannot express our heartfelt gratitude for the support received on the night. To the volunteers on the night and all the background team we appreciate all the hard work put in. Niall Shanahan from An Bru took the honours on the night with Carol Finn from Leevale taking the ladies. We had overwhelming support from the purple and white army with club members Tom Blackburn, James Fletcher, Willie O’Donoghue, Liam O’Donnell, Robert Cunningham, Ewan Cunningham, Aoife Courtney, Marie O’Shea, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Denis Ryan, Martina Moloney, Leah Quane, Jo Donegan, Catherine Hogan, Mary Pyke, Patrick Hartigan, Mandy Parslow, Patricia Blackburn, Michelle Carey, Kathleen Spillane, Patricia Ryan, Norma Quane, Padraigin Riggs, Mary Hinchey and Caroline Burke all running. Tom Blackburn took 1st in his category and Leah Quane was the first junior female. Well done all, it was a great tribute to Curley. In the coming weeks a donation will be make to the oncology unit of CUH in Curleys honour.

 Tom Blackburn accepting his prize at the Michael Curley Cunningham 4 mile.

Patrick Holian after receiving his bronze medal at the Munster schools.

Munster Schools 
The North Munster School’s athletics track and field took place last week in castleisland Co. Kerry. This was a two day event with multiple events happening across both days.
On Tuesday Bjorn Downes took silver in the 1,500 meters in the seniors discipline while Patrick Holian ran in the intermediate 1,500 meters discipline and took the bronze medal.
The second day Thursday was another good day for the juveniles Mooreabbey Milers in Castleisland. Patrick Holian ran in the intermediates 3,000 metres and took the bronze medal while Bjorn Downes ran the seniors 800 meters and took the gold medal. Ben Coughlan had a great race in the Senior 5,000 meters and just missed out on a medal. The club’s future continues to shine bright.

Leah Quane accepting her prize at the Michael Curley Cunningham 4 mile

MMRA Summer League 
The second race of the Munster mountain running Summer league took place last Wednesday in Ballycuggaran woods Kilaloe. RDs for the night were club members Jane and Ger Griffin and what a super job they did getting all 52 runners across the finish line and putting on a fine spread of tea and sandwiches after. Out for the club on the night was Kevin Lenihan, Robert Cunningham, Paddy Bourke and Patrick Hartigan we had three ladies Louise Rennie, Jo Drea and Sarah Fitzpatrick who took the honours of being the first lady on the night.

Willie O’Donoghue accepting his prize at the Annerville 10km. 

Willie O’Donoghue and Mary Pyke at the Annerville 10km.

Annerville 10km 
The annual Annerville 10km was held last Sunday morning in Clonmel Co.Tipperary. The event was hosted by Clonmel AC the local running club. Mary Pyke and Willie O’Donoghue took to the early morning start line and breezed around the course. In a race which saw over 300 runners take part, Willie finished in the top 20 and took 1st in his category while Mary improved on her placing from last year.

‘The Cahir Half Marathon’
The Cahir Half Marathon is back for the 4th year in succession. This time it’s on Saturday 7th of July, so you can make a weekend of it in the picturesque town of Cahir. AAI Permit granted. Register on €30 individual entry and €40 for relay team of two.

Juveniles train each Monday night at 7pm and each Thursday night at 6pm in the community field in Galbally. Juveniles aged 7 and upwards are welcome to attend but must be registered with the club for insurance reasons. Registration forms are available at training each night.

Adults train on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7pm in the community field in Galbally. New members always welcome. Adults also do hill/mountain and trail training, become a registered member and get the added benefit of being included if the club’s whatsapp to keep up to date with training/races and events.
Registration forms are available at training.

Lynda Hynes