On Thursday 1st August St Catherines AC held its first road race in the village of Conna. The 5k race kicked off the Conna gathering festival weekend and even though the conditions were wet and windy it did not deter great numbers of runners, walkers and spectators from taking part in and supporting the event on the night. The weather did ease for the race itself and at 8pm the gun went, sending 192 runners up through the village and out the Tallow road.
The first mile was flat and fast and by the Castle a stream of runners could be seen all the way back through the village with East Cork athletes James McCarthy & Sean McGrath followed closely by Frank Hayes pulling clear of the chase pack.
Shortly after mile 1 the course turned right where the runners entered into a series of challenging hills for the next mile. A few meters back from the right turn onto the Ballynoe/Conna road the hills were no more and and the general pace increased as runners let loose for the gradual downhill decent back into the village. James McCarthy was the first man to cross the line in a time of 15:37 despite the challenging course profile. Aisling Moran from Leevale AC was the first woman home.
Our club would like to thank Conna Community Council, the prize sponsors, volunteers, participants, spectators and everyone who helped out with the organisation, course measurement and race registration. Thanks to James Daly for the photographs.
This year the village of Conna will host a 5k road race on Thursday 1st August at 8pm. The race kicks off an action packed bank holiday weekend in the parish with a number of events organised as part of the Conna gathering.
Cork City Marathon
The Cork City Marathon is one of the most inclusive running events in Munster with the Youth Team Relay, Team Relay, Half and Full Marathon there is something for everyone. This year St Catherines AC had participants in all of these events. Well done to everybody who ran and congratulations to John Beecher who ran a fantastic time of 2:59:10 placing 39th in the Marathon.
Streets of Fermoy 5k
Congratulations to Ann-Marie Hayes, the first women home in last Thursday’s Streets of Fermoy 5k and overall winner of the Women’s league.
Monday mile continues
The club Monday mile continues every Monday at 8:15pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and give it a go.
Best of luck to everyone running in the Ballynoe 5 mile road race which is on this Thursday (25th April) at 7:30pm
The 2012/2013 senior winter training season finished on the 2nd of April. There was a great effort put in by all over the winter months under the watchful eye of Frank Hayes. A big thank you to Frank for his support and advise to all of the athletes. We are already seeing promising results in some recent races. Best of luck to everyone as the summer road race season gets underway.
The Monday Mile started on the 22nd of April at 8pm in Conna Community Field. It will run weekly for the new few months. This is a timed mile (4 laps) of the pitch and everybody is welcome to come along and give it a go.