All the most recent action from the Limerick athletics scene.
The sunshine stayed in Limerick and no doubt the organisers were delighted with the turnout at the St Michael’s Rowing Club ‘Urban Run’ last Sunday. Runners had a choice of 5k or 10k.
The standard of running was high and was reflected in the results. Julio Cesar Castro from Kilmurry Ibrickane AC was first man over the line in the 10k in a time of 32.40, Matthew Hourigan from Rathfarnham AC next (32.54) and Keith Lynch in third, a minute behind in 33.44. Dermot Kearns Dooneen AC was 4th, Vincent O’Brien Limerick AC fifth and Sean Quirke Bilboa in 6th. All runners finished under 36 mins.
In the women’s race, Orla Drumm Crusaders was first woman home in time of 35.49, Sinead Jennings of St Michael’s Rowing Club was 2nd (36.15), Tracey Johnson of Dooneen AC in third 39.41, AnnMcPhail, Dooneen AC 4th, Sharon Kiely in 5th and Grace Shalloo of Ennis Track in 6th. There were plenty of category winners in the 10k as well – Great running by Dermot Kearns of Dooneen AC who was first man over 40 and 4th overall.
Pat O’Riordan, Limerick AC was first man over 45, Joe Chawke Dooneen AC first over 50. Ann McPhail Dooneen AC was first woman over 40 ( again in 4th place overall so well done Ann), Maire O’Sullivan Country Club AC first woman over 45 and Dorothy Ryan Country Club AC , first woman over 50.
The 5k resulted in in lots of good performances as well. In the men’s category, Ger Bowan was winner followed by Stephen O’Donovan and Paul Strachwitz. In the women’s event, Roisin NiIomhair was first home followed by Emer Conroy Donovan and Lucy Lane. St Michael’s Rowing club should be proud of their management of this race – the committee consisted of Antoinette Ahern, Kieran Keating, Eilis McDonnell, Helen Christie, Ado Cunningham, Ann Hanily, Damien Masterson.
The race was fully certified by AAI ( Athletics Association of Ireland), was accurately measured, food and refreshments were plenty afterwards and category prizes are always a bonus. Proceeds of this race will go towards the development of the Club itself and Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol.
Kilfinane AC is in the spot light this week - Juvenile Athletics Training for cross country and county indoors continues each Tuesday night at Scoil Pobail Kilfinane – Under 8’s start at 6.30pm-7.30pm and over 8s from 7.30pm -8.30pm
Another development the club is involved with is the addition of a long jump and shot put area to the already excellent facilities at Scoil Pol, Kilfinane.
Its sports hall is already a tremendous base for training with our younger athletes, and now we hope to be able to offer the complete range of track and field events to our members. Work is due to begin in the coming weeks in the hope of having everything in place for 2015. For more details contact Mike Halpin of Kilfinane AC on (087) 6426743
Ballyhoura Trim Trail
Another excellent addition to the Ballyhoura centre for athletes is a trim trail consisting of an obstacle course which contains 19 different obstacles. The 19 obstacles are varied with push ups, sit ups, frog leaps etc.
The 2.4 km looped course is dotted with obstacles, each has a plaque on it, which gives you an idea of what the exercise looks like and a guide to what level of fitness you are at, there are 3 levels listed on each sign.
The course is ideal for individuals or groups alike, we are fortunate to have such a facility on our doorstep. This Saturday 11th at 10.00 am Tom Blackburn Of Mooreeabbey Milers AC will be in Kilfinane, for the start of our Autumn/Winter trail series. We will be meeting at the church car park in Kilfinane and running out the Ballylanders road where you follow the Kilfinane purple trail route.
At the end of the trail, you will be greeted with some refreshments. This course is just over 7 miles we are also doing a 4 mile out and back route on the day.
The Idea behind these trails is to get you comfortable with off road running and give you an alternative to running on roads, we welcome all runners on the day and run a sweeper system so no one gets lost.
The course is marked at all main Junctions. If you want to race or just jog depending on your ability we leave it up to you.If you are interested in running these remember to bring a friend to run with you, we will also be registering people before each event the fee is €5per person €10 per family. This fee is just to cover our expenses.
Next up on October 12 the Juvenile uneven ages Intermediate & Masters Championships take place in the University of Limerick.
The same rule applies for the intermediate regarding eligibility. For the Masters event, your age determines your category starting with O/35 – Intermediate women run 5k, men run 8k. For Masters women and men, they are required to run 4k and 5k respsectively.
A date has not yet been set for the Senior Championships but will in all likelihood be in December. The Munster Novice Championships are set for October 19th and Intermediate on November 9.
For the juveniles, the Munster even age Cross Country championships are in Tipperary on October 26th and the uneven age on November 30th. All club runners should contact their club soon to enter. On Sunday, 26th October, the Women’s Mini Marathon will take place in Limerick. This is a marvellous race that has seen thousands of women to the roads around the University of Limerick very year.
The race attracts not only elite runners but walkers and joggers who raise thousands of euro each year for charity.