Couch to 5km
Saturday was final the day for our couch to 5k athletes to take the step they have been training for. Weeks of commitment made sure they passed it in flying colours. Well done to Tracey Lenihan, Rosin O’Regan, Niamh Feeney, Ciara O’Neil, Maire O’Keefe, Joanna Hegarty, Jacinta Kilmartin, and Sinead Kelleher who headed to Youghal Parkrun to complete the 5km there. Thanks to the coaches for guiding them and hopefully we can help to achieve their next goal.
Munster Cross Country
Another weekend and more Cross Country action. This time is was Munster Intermediate Cross Country and Juvenile B hosted in Riverstick. We had a number of members who took part and we have continued our great run of success in cross country.
In the U9 boys Harvey Cunningham took on the 750m distance to put in a great run. Then in the U11s in a distance of 1000m Cathal Twomey put in another strong run finishing in the top half where over 100 boys took part in.
On to the U13s and with a distance of 1500m Lara Byrne put in an exceptional performance to finish 2nd overall. After recent All Irelands she has continued her form and made it onto the podium here when is a true testament of the work she is putting in. This also meant she was 1st scorer with the Cork team and helped them to gold beating Clare. Oscar Cunningham was up next in the U13 boys where he finished 23rd in a group of almost 70 runners.
In the U15 girls Ella Higgins took on the 2500m distance and battle to the line and finished 26th overall. Over the same distance in the U17s Ellie Barry was 11th overall which meant she finished in the medals with top 12 getting them in these Championships. A good battle and strong finish meant she got that well deserved medal.
Lastly in the mens intermediate Mike Byrne took inspiration from Lara and ran the 8000m finishing 12th overall and also helping score for Cork and receive gold county medal. After his marathon training this was a test of speed that he passed.
Long way around
And for something completely different on Saturday night we had Adam Blaiklock, Catherine Clancy and Bill O’Keffee travelling to Clonmel for Long Way Round run. It is a 15km circuit in and around the Comeraghs at night which includes road, track and open mountain. This is a fundraiser for South Eastern Mountain Rescue who do such great work in the area. With plenty of climbing the head torch was needed to find your way but with almost 900 runners there was always someone close by. Spectacular views was the reward when you got to Holy Year Cross and sure made the climb worth it. And the reward on the way down was knowing there was Christmas cake and a cup of tea waiting. Well done to all three on doing it and definitely looks like one for next year.
Great Glenville run
On Sunday we saw Lesley Feeney and Mary Lee travel to Glenville for the Great Glenville 4 Mile run. On a rolling course some very fast times were achieved with close to 300 people taking part. Watergrasshill always put on a great race and that was the same on Sunday.
Fit4life programme in association with St Catherines starts on Thursday 30th and will continue on Mondays and Thursday between 7pm and 8pm in Conna. Keep an eye out on social media for updates. Come join us on Thursday 30th for introduction to the group, light aerobic begineers session and cup of tea afterwards.