Mooreabbey Milers Club Notes Week Ending 11th of March

Mooreabbey Milers

More All Ireland Success In a Jam Packed Weekend For Mooreabbey Milers

All Ireland Indoors 
The All Ireland Indoors resheduled from the 4th March took place last Saturday in AIT Athlone. Larry O’Grady competed in four events the long jump, the high jump, weight for distance and shot putt. Larry podiumed in each event bringing home 2 gold, 1 silver and a bronze medal while Willie O’Donoghue competed in the 3000m. In a competive race that saw the best of Irelands track runners on the start line Willie finished 3rd yelding him a bronze medal. Congratulations Larry and Willie.


All Ireland Schools
Björn Downes competed in the All Ireland school boys senior cross country in WIT Waterford at the weekend. Björn still recovering from injury finished in a very credible 33rd position. Well done Björn.

The fifth race of the MMRA Winter/Spring league took place in Ballinaboola woods in Ballyhea Co.Cork. There was a strong contingent of runners out for the club. Ryan and Ruairi Cunnigham, Colm and Aoife O’Shea and Neasa and Doireann Moloney ran in the kiddies race while Niall O’Shea ran in the juniors. In the senior race Stuart Moloney cruised to victory followed by Barry Hartnett in third, Tom Blackburn in fourth and Willie O’Donoghue was eight Maire O’Shea was first lady and Sarah Fitzpatrick was second. Great running also from Robert Cunnigham, Patrick Holian, Damien Holian, Martina Moloney, John Hayes, Paddy Bourke and Mandy Parslow. The 6th race in the league will take place in Millstreet on Claragh mountain on Sunday the 18th of March.

Quest Kenmare
Liam O’Donnell headed for Kerry to take part in the Sports 50k Quest Kenmare on Saturday. The route consisted of a 20km cycle, 6km run, 19.6km cycle, 0.6km run, 1km kayak and to finish with a 3.1km run. Liam finished in a very healthy 6th place overall.

Mary Pyke and Patricia Ryan who took part in the Kilsheelan 10 mile.

Kilsheelan 10 Mile
Tricia Ryan and Mary Pyke headed to Kilsheelan for the anticipated 10 mile road race. The girls were only delighted to get back on the road after last week’s weather so were delighted to put in the mileage. The girls are no strangers to the long distance and weren’t afraid to put in the hard work and effort over the 10 miles on a tough hilly course. Well done girls.

Hospital 5 Mile
Michelle Moroney, Mike Carey, Pauline Chapman and Aoife Kingston supported the Hospital 5 mile, we had great success here too with Aoife Kingston taking 2nd lady and Pauline crossing the line as 3rd lady. The club were delighted to have some members take part as all monies raised in this race was donated to Milford Care Hospice to which this charity does amazing work for the people and the families who bravely battle cancer.

Willie O’Donoghue after receiving his bronze medal at the All Ireland Indoors.

Juvenile Indoors At Nenagh
To round out an epic weekend of running
Leah Quane came 1st in the under 14 800m in Nenagh. Leah zipped around the track and is a little firecracker in the making. Keep up the hard work Leah and congratulations on your gold medal.

2017 Mountain Prize Winners
Congratulations to Mary Louise Ryan, Patricia Blackburn, Marie O’Shea, Tom Blackburn, Willie O’Donoghue and Ewan Cunnighan who all took podium places in the 2017 Munster Mountain Leagues. In The Munster Championship, Mary Louise Ryan claimed 1st place and Patricia Blackburn claimed 2nd in the ladies while Tom Blackburn was 1st M50. In The Munster League 2017 Ewan Cunningham was 1st male junior, William O’Donoghue was 1st M50 while in the ladies
Mary Louise Ryan took the crown, Marie O’Shea was 2nd. In The Munster Long Distance 2017 Tom Blackburn was crowned the champion.

Willie O’Donoghue after receiving his bronze medal at the All Ireland Indoors.

Pauline Chapman, Mike Carey, Michelle Moroney and family at the Hospital 5 mile

Ballyhoura Active Series
Last Wednesday night An Bru hosted the launch of the Ballyhoura Active Series. There will be a total of 10 races in the series spread through out the summer. We will be heading to Doonen AC first on the 27th of April followed by Mooreabbey Milers AC 11th of May, Buttevant RC 18th of May, Kilmallock AC 25th of May, Kilfinane AC 8th of June, Bilboa AC 15th of June, Shandrum AC 22nd of June, An Bru AC 29th of June, Limerick County Club 17th of August and finishing up with Churchtown AC on the 24th of August. As previously announced the Mooreabbey Milers Galbally 4 mile will be held in honour of our dear friend Curley. A perpetual cup will be awarded in memory of Curley to the overall winner of the race on the night. As per Curleys wishes a donation will be made to the oncology unit of CUH.

Leader Fund 
The Galbally village park is set to benefit from €25,565 from the leader allocation fund also in addition to this a grant of €9,000 is also being provided through a sports capital grant to the club which will see the club upgrade some much needed facilities. The Mooreabbey Milers AC are delighted to be awarded the funding for the upgrade of the light’s in the community field in Galbally. It will benefit the club greatly but most importantly it will enhance the use of the field for the wider community. Many thanks to Tricha Blackburn, Tricia Ryan and Damien Holian for all their hard work in securing this money for the club.

Hill Training 
Hill Training took place in Lisvernane over weekend provided by our very own club coach Tom Blackburn. Mary Louise Ryan gave a talk on injury prevention and treatment in the community centre prior to the commencement of the training. This training focused on the downhill technique of mountain running.

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.

Adults train on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7pm. New members always welcome.

 Leah Quane after winning gold in the 800m in Nenagh.

Thinking of giving up something for lent because your new years resolution got away from you. Why not take up something instead? Tricha Blackburn runs tailored made classes. 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.