It has been a week of madness and mayhem for the Tipperary athletic club Mooreabbey Milers. Club members have been out in droves to take part in events on and off the road.
Fourteen from the club competed in the MMRA Wednesday League trail race in Kilworth Woods in county Cork last week. Tom Blackburn finished the 6.5k course in second place followed by Ger Griffin, Robert Cunningham, Willie O'Donoghue, Marie O'Shea, who was first lady, Pat Hartigan, Ewan Cunningham, Kathryn Hogan, Tricha Blackburn, Mairead Mulcahy, Mary Pyke, Honor Hayes, Niamh Blackburn and Grainne Blackburn. Keeper Hill in county Tipperary is the venue for this weeks race. The MMRA Munster Championship moves to Tipperary this Sunday 19th. Competitors will run up and down Slievenamon with the whole route being around 8k in length. Registration is in Kilcash village.
Team building was to the fore last Thursday night as the club took a break from training in Galbally for a more adventurous training session. A large group of seniors and juveniles enjoyed the mud and madness of the Mayhem adventure course in Cahir county Tipperary. Some stuck with the 5k course and others went around a second time. A great evening was had by all who attended.
The Ballyhoura Active Series was in Kilfinane last Friday night. Kilfinane AC welcomed 176 runners to the town for their four mile race. No less than twenty one Mooreabbey Milers supported the event. Tom Blackburn ran a great race to take sixth place overall. JT Ryan, fresh from his marathon in Cork on Monday finished, in 12th place. Also running well for the club were Damien Holian, Kevin Lenihan, Marie O'Shea, Ewan Cunningham (2nd junior), Pat Hartigan, Mary Pyke, Jo Donegan, Michelle Carey, Jason Lane, Paddy Bourke, Louise Casey, Amie Hickey, Orla Hickey, Siobhan Casey, Grainne Blackburn, Roger Sampson, John Frazer, Claire Lonergan and Tricia Ryan. Concratulations everyone. Bilboa AC will host the next race of the series, this Friday 17th at 8.00 pm. The fee for the 10k is €15 and €10 for the 5k.
A large group from the club supported the Circle of Friends 5k Fun Run in Tipperary Town last Sunday 12th. This organisation gives invaluable support to those in the community who are battling cancer. Well done to Tom Blackburn who won the race and to Ewan Cunningham who was the first junior. There were a lot of good times recorded by our runners. Well done to all who took part.
Stuart Moloney and Kieran Lees recently ran in the fiercely competitive John Buckley Sports 5k in Cork city. Stuart finished in fourth place out of a staggering 895 runners. He recorded an excellent time of 15.24. Kieran crossed the line in 35th place, breaking the 17 minutes to record 16.54 for this 5k. Well done to both.
Registration and preparations are going well for the Cahir Downhill Half Marathon. The €40 entry fee includes registration, technical t-shirt, goody bag, 2 course meal, physios and showers. Log onto itsyourrace.com to register. 50% of profits go to iCAN, the remainder goes directly back into our club development.
Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday in the community field, Galbally at 7 pm. All are welcome.