Another busy weekend saw us head to Ballingarry Co. Tipperary, Slievenamuck Ridge, Ennis Co. Clare, Tralee Co. Kerry and Mallow Co. Cork
We had 5 Mooreabbey Milers take part in the county novice B road championships in Ballingarry Co. Tipperary last Sunday. Sarah Fitzpatrick and Martina Moloney flew the flag for the ladies. Sarah battled hard on the last hill climb to get her toe over the finish line with a split second to spare earning her a gold county novice B medal. Our mens team Willie O'Donoghue, Kevin Lenihan and Damien Holian battled even harder in a tough mens race which saw Willie finish in 5th place and with Kevin and Damien just outside the top 10 helped earn the boys a county novice B bronze medal.
Ennis Triathlon Club held their duathlon in Barefield Ennis Co. Clare on the 25th March. Liam O Donnell took part in this Duathlon. Liam had a 3.5km run, 13 km cycle and a 3.5km run. Liam finished in the top third overall and was 4th in his category. Well done Liam.
Mallow 10 was organised and hosted by Mallow AC. This event saw 1,500 competitors take to the start line. Leading the way in purple was Kieran Lees who completed the 10 miles in a lighting fast time of 57.17. Our newest members Denis Ryan and Aoife Kingston followed next both in under an hour & fifteen and an hour and a half respectively. Mary Pyke who is no stranger to a 10 mile rounded out the mooreabbey milers on the day also coming home in under an hour and a half and beating her own time from last year.
'Slievenamuck Half Marathon'
This very successful walking Marathon and half Marathon is held annually on Palm Sunday since 2009 it provides a unique opportunity to traverse the whole of the ancient Slievenamuck Ridge over a distance of 42km. The figure of eight route is largely forest track, forming two loops, east and west, Rock an Thorabh was the start and finish point with Mooreabbey at the most westerly end and Bansha Woods at the most easterly end of the route and taking in both the north and south sides of the ridge. Over recent years a number of runners have also taken part and this year our own leading man Tom Blackburn had a bit of back yard training and breezed through the half marathon to take the top podium position. Congratulations Tom. Also flying around this half marathon course for the club was Paddy Bourke and Pádraigín Riggs walking the route was Mike Carey, Rodger Sampson, Mary Hinchey and Sheila McGrath
Glenageenty trail in Tralee was the destination for this week's MMRA run. Representing the club on the day was Marie and Paddy O'Shea, Robert and Ewan Cunningham. This 10km trail race consists of narrows trails, boggy terrain and mountaious landscape and runs through John Lenihans home turf. Marie O'Shea was 2nd lady. Great running from Robert, Ewan and Paddy. Ruairí Cunnigham and Aoife O'Shea took part in the 1k kiddies race. Ruairí came home in 3rd place. Out on the 4k course for the juniors was Niall O Shea. Well done all.
'The Michael 'Curley' Cunningham 4 mile'
The Michael 'Curley' Cunningham 4 mile run is only 6 weeks away 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. Save the date & spread the word. AAI Permit granted.
Last few days for early bird offer of €25. Our early bird offer will end on March 31st. After this date the entry fee will increase to €30 for an individual entry & €40 for a relay team of two. Register on https://www.njuko.net/cahir-ha lf.
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. All training takes place in the community field in Galbally.
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.