Mooreabbey Milers Club Notes Week Ending 10/6/2018

Dan Byrne Memorial 5k
Taking a break from the studies before the leaving cert started was Björn Downes. On Friday 1st June Björn took to the start line of the Dan Byrne memorial 5k in Doneraile Park. This was organised by and hosted by Mallow AC. Björn ran an excellent race crossing the finish line in a quality 4th place.

World Masters
Back home on Irish soil the O’ Donoghue family reflect on the weekend that was in the masters world mountain running championship in Zeleniki Slovenia. On race day from early morning we knew it was going to be a scorcher with it 21° at 7.30am by the time the race started at 11.00am we were tipping the scales at 30°. Willie’s 7.8km race started in the village of Podlonk. The course it’s self was a complete uphill battle with a climbing altitude of over 900 meters and with many of the competitors having to walk sections. The last 2kms to Ratitovec summit were pretty unforgiving where you could be forgiven for thinking that we were rock climbing not running. This area by far was the hardest section and most technical with an extremely steep incline, tree roots, steps and large bolders. Willie finished in 1.01 in 30th position leading home the Irish team of Michael Gygax and David Bell. Unfortunately we continue to seek a medal but it was most certainly an extraordinary experience.

Liam O’Donnell taking part in the kayak part of the Dingle adventure race last Saturday

Ballyhoura Active Series Kilfinane 4 Mile
At 8pm on Friday 8th of June one hundred and nine runners came to the start line of the Kilfinane 4 mile. The thunder rolled and the rain came down but that didn’t deter or dampen the spirits of this bunch, out in the purple and white that night was Willie O’Donoghue, Gerard Hanley, Patrick Hartigan, Michelle Moroney and Patricia Ryan. The race began with a fast downhill start and finished with an uphill battle. Well done to all club members out on the night. Willie O’Donoghue finished 1st in his category and was 8th overall while Gerard Hanley was second in his.

The Killoscully Half
The following day on the 9th of June saw the The Killoscully Half Marathon take place in the Silvermine mountains Co. Tipperary. On a hot and humid day seven Mooreabbey Milers took to the start line of this 13.1 mile race across the Silvermine mountains. First home for the club was Tom Blackburn taking a well deserved podium 3rd place finish, followed by Robert Cunningham, Denis Ryan, Marie O’Shea, Damien Holian, Paddy Bourke and Mary Pyke.

Mooreabbey Milers that took part in the Ballyhoura Active Series Kilfinane 4 mile last Friday night.

Dingle Adventure Race
To celebrate his birthday to do as he does best Liam O Donnell took part in the Dingle Adventure Race Sport last Saturday morning. The Dingle Adventure Race Sport took in a spectacular route around the western point of the Dingle Peninsula. The Dingle Adventure Race Sport started with a short run to kayak, where Liam kayak 1km around Dingle Harbour. On his bike heading West passing Ventry and around the stunning Slea head, at Dunquin Liam cycle up the steep Mam Clasack, then Liam ran up the Mountain track to the summit of Mt Eagle and back. He then cycled back to Dingle followed by a 1km run to the finish. Liam finished in a very impressive 5th place. Well done Liam.

A group of Mooreabbey Milers that took part in the Killoscully half marathon last Saturday.

To Finish
To finish the weekend off in style club colours didn’t matter as 7 runners came together to mark and take in the Galty Crossing. From the Mooreabbey Milers was Tom Blackburn, Willie O’Donoghue, John Hayes and Paddy Bourke. The lads were also joined by a mysterious friend of Paddy’s and two runners from Kilmallock AC Janusz and Krzysztof.

Exams 2018
We at the club would like to congratulate Ewan Cunningham, Björn Downes and Patrick Holian who will be finishing up the leaving and junior cert exams in the coming days.

The Cahir Half Marathon
**Have you got your ticket yet. Closing date 30th June**
With 3 weeks to go, how’s your training going??
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.