Mooreabbey Milers Club Notes 6/5/2018

A Tribute To The Legend ‘Curley’

The Michael ‘Curley’ Cunningham 4 Mile’
It is with great pride tinged with sadness that we remember the legend who was Curley in a way befitting to him. Curley a quiet unassuming man loved nothing more than to put on his runners and clock up the miles. Curley ran for the love of running, not for winning but nearly always took a podium position. Curley was taken from us too soon. We know he had so much more to give but we know in our hearts Curley will be out there with us on the course tomorrow night. We at Mooreabbey Milers are looking forward to welcoming you all to Galbally tomorrow night Friday 11th of May. Registration online will remain open until tonight at 11.55pm on Registration will also be open in the community hall in Galbally tomorrow night from 6pm to 7.15pm, €12. Race begins at 7.30pm sharp at ‘Jack Ryan’s cross’ on the Galbally to Garryspillane road. Premier Chip Timing will be looking after us on the night with safety marshals in place on the route. Light refreshments will be 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. Cash prizes for the first 3 men and women as well as category prizes and 1st junior boy and girl. A donation will be made to the oncology unit of CUH in Curleys name as per his wishes.
Patricia Ryan club chairperson stated that Curley will not only be remembered on Friday 11th in Galbally but is remembered every time many of his friends go running themselves. He has been greatly missed over the last year by family, friends, club and running mates and a hole has been left in the running community of Limerick, Munster & Nationally. If we can pay tribute to his honourable legacy at all it would be to run, run for the sheer joy of it and when your legs are aching and your lungs are ready to explode just be thankful that you can feel all this, the good and the bad. Appreciate the simplicity of running as Curley did every day.

 A group of Mooreabbey Milers that took part in the Great Limerick Run.

The BK5K took place last Wednesday night week in Dumdrum Co Tipperary. 
Three of our club members took part. Liam O’Donnell was first home across the finish line followed by Ben Coughlan and in hot persut was Ewan Cunningham. All three men finished in under 20 minutes.

Midleton 5 Mile
Last Thursday night Willie O’Donoghue headed to Midleton Co Cork for the annual 5 mile hosted by Midleton AC.
In a class field of nearly 600 runners Willie finished first in his category in a time of 30.12.

James Fletcher on the summit during the Ballyhoura mountain marathon festival.

Ballyhoura Mountain Marathon Festival 
The Ballyhoura mountain marathon running festival took place on the glorious Saturday of the bank holiday weekend. Base camp for the day was Scoil Pol Kilfinane. There was a choice of 4 races an ultra, marathon, half marathon and a 10km. We had club members take part in all disciplines. In the ultra we had Robert Cunningham, in the marathon we had Tom Blackburn, Paddy O’Shea and John Hayes, and in the half marathon we had Damien Holian, James Fletcher, Marie O’ Shea, Mary Pyke, Mandy Parslow, Jo Drea, Paddy Bourke and Louise Rennie and finally in the 10k we had Willie O’Donoghue, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Aoife Courtney and Patrick Hartigan.
We had great results all round with Tom taking first place in the marathon, Willie O’Donoghue taking first place in the 10k, Sarah Fitzpatrick was first lady in the 10k and second overall while Aoife Courtney took second lady and was third overall in the 10k. Congratulations also goes to Robert Cunningham on his first ultra marathon. Well done all.
These running festivals would not happen without the help of volunteers. RD for the day was Lynda Hynes. Lynda would especially like to thank last year’s RD Patricia Blackburn along with Robbie Williams, Tom Blackburn and Tricia Ryan for all there support and help on the day and in the weeks and days leading up to the festival. Lynda is also eternally grateful to all the volunteers that helped with traffic management, juvenile races, aid stations, erection of signage, race registration, kit checks, drop zones, race markers, food and clean up many of whom were club members. Many thanks to Scoil Pol and Blackrock GAA for the use of their facilities and continued support.

 Liam, Ewan and Ben after the BK5K last week.

The Great Limerick Run
On Sunday we had eight club members take part in the Great Limerick Run. With varying degrees of distances to choose from on a day that saw temperatures hit over 20° we had two members Pádraigín Riggs and Kieran Lees take on the long distance run, the marathon in which Kieran Lees finished in the top 10 in a blistering time of 2.45. On the six mile route we had Michelle Moorney, Mike Carey, Mary Hinchey, Caroline Bourke, Pauline Chapman and Ann Coughlan. Well done all.


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 watsapp to keep up to date with training/races and events.
Registration forms are available at training.