Mooreabbey Milers Club Notes Week Ending 02.04.18

Mooreabbey Milers

Winning Streak Continues As Willie Strikes Gold By Three At Munster Roads

‘Munster Road 4 Mile Championship’ 
Eight Mooreabbey Milers took on the task of the Munster 4 mile road championship on Easter Monday. Castlelyons Co. Cork was the host venue and what a haul of medals we bought home. 
For the ladies leading the way home was
Marie O’Shea with an individual bronze and county team bronze. Aoife Courtney ran the novice and bought home a novice county team silver medal. Leading the way for the men was Willie O’Donoghue with an individual gold, a club gold and a county gold medal, then we had Tom Blackburn with an individual silver, a club gold and county gold and Damien Holian with a club gold. Great running from Mandy Parslow, Mary Pyke and Patricia Ryan also on the day. A medal haul like this just shows what a little club can achieve across all disciplines. Well done everyone.

The ladies team that took part in the Munster 4 mile

‘Knockmeldowns Half Marathon’
The second race of the new MMRA half marathon league took place on the snow capped Knockmeldowns last Saturday. Four men were undaunted by the conditions and powered on up the tough and formidable course and in less then 2 hours later leading the way home for the Mooreabbey men was Robert Cunnigham, followed by Kevin Lenihan, Liam O’Donnell and Paddy O’Shea.

‘Juvenile Fun Run/Egg Trail’
On Easter Saturday the club hosted a fun run/egg trail for their juvenile members/siblings and members family. The fun started at 5pm at rock an tarbh car park with 2 groups, the kiddies went on a 1km loop and the juniors on a 3km loop. On our ‘eggciting’ adventure we found the Easter bunny about to eat all our eggs when we got to the finish but with the magic answer we were able to save our eggs and enjoy our yummy chocolate. Many thanks to the organising committee and the volunteers that helped on the day.

‘Budding Mountain Baby’
They say good things comes in 3s and no doubt we at the Mooreabbey Milers club can agree. Following on from the recent arrivals of Daniel and Hannah the club would like to congratulate Mary Louise Ryan, her husband John big sisters Kitty and Tessa on the birth of Inez. We can now reveal that our queen of the mountains took to a race of over 11km on Galty Mor, another in the Comreagh mountains and competed in cross-country throughout her first few months of pregnancy. What an inspiration.

Tom Blackburn, Willie O’Donoghue and Damien Holian after the Munster 4 mile road championships 

‘The Michael ‘Curley’ Cunningham 4 mile’
The Michael ‘Curley’ Cunningham 4 mile run is drawing ever closer and will be held in Galbally on Friday 11th of May at 7.30pm. Preparations are well under way. The race will be chip timed, with safety marshals on the route and light refreshments served in the community hall afterwards. A perpetual cup will be presented to the overall winner of the race on the night in Curleys honour along with cash prizes for the first 3 men and women. As per Curley wishes we will be making a donation to the oncology unit of CUH.

‘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. 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. New members always welcome. Registration forms are available,

Tricha Blackburn runs tailored made running classes every week. Whether your looking to do your first 5km, to improve your 5km to a 7km or looking to hit the 10km mark everyone is welcome. A programme can be tailored to each person’s ability. This takes place each Monday night at 7pm.

All training takes place in the community field in Galbally.