The Annual Rock Run and Walk in aid of St John the Baptist Primary Schools took place on Sunday 21 st September last.
For the second year running, participants were blessed with glorious sunshine as they completed the testing 8km run and 5k walk.
The routes commenced at the Rock car park and both finished at O’ Brien’s farmyard across from the Hore Abbey. This has to be one of the most scenic finishes to a run in Tipperary, with one runner commenting that the view “couldn’t but give you a lift as you battle the last kilometre”. Close to the finish line, the organisers had erected the scouts’ tent in O’Brien’s field. After their efforts, all runners and walkers enjoyed the myriad of refreshments prepared and served by parents and staff. The ‘spread’ was vast and delicious and a huge thanks to everybody involved who provided the food and drink. William O’ Dwyer was first home in the adult male category (8km) in a blistering fast time of 27:29.
He was closely followed by fellow Dundrum AC member Michael J. Ryan with John Tracey of Thurles Crokes in third. Local runner Linda Grogan was the first female over the line in an equally fast time of 31:41. The Thurles Crokes duo of Eileen McCullagh and Carmel Fitzgibbon finished in second and third respectively. Michael Boland and his sister Jenna finished first in the secondary pupil categories while Christopher Corbally Maher was the first primary boy home in a time of 36:01. Wiktoria Lisiak was the first primary girl over the end line in the 8km race. A special word of congratulations to Oisín O’Donoghue, the youngest competitor over the line in an amazing time of 39:15 for 8km. Oisín is in 3rd class and is still only eight years old. The school principals, Mary Andrews and Will Ryan, praised all the volunteers and organisers. All funds raised will go towards improving the technology provision in the schools.