Carrick Road Runners Athletic Club, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Carrick Road Runners Athletic Club Notes 17th September 2007

Week 2 of our Tuesday evening 1 mile challenge series once again took place in almost perfect running conditions at the Sean Kelly Sports Centre track last week. There must have been something in the air but almost every runner produced a better time on week two and some of this year’s newcomers really knocked spots off their Week 1 time for the mile.

Group 1 (7 minutes plus) saw 26 runners go to the line with 7 more beginners. As with week 1 there was a good tussle at the head of affairs between Bernie Sexton and Geraldine Lynch, who both improved on their previous week’s performance. All the way through the field there were some massive performances from the likes of Mary Finucane, Fiona O’Meara, Eithne Sheehan and Una Fahey who knocked a huge 2:09 off her time from week 1. Again the times in general are of a very high standard and it is heartening to see how both beginners and regulars are improving their times. Well done and keep up the good work.

Group 2 (Sub 7 minutes) was a very tight affair which saw 6 runners all compete in what was to be an enthralling contest with little to separate all 6 athletes until they hit the finish line, where John O’Sullivan shaded the men’s title while Diane Behan who is well on her way back to full fitness produced a great time of 6:01 to keep the flag flying for the ladies.

Here are the full results: Group 1: 1. Bernie Sexton-7.52; 2. Geraldine Lynch-8.02; 3.Colette Treacy-8.29; 4. Teresa O’Sullivan-8.45; 5. Linda Fahey-9.01; 6. Tina O’Mahony-9.01; 7. Mary Finucane-9.02; 8. Eleanor Kent-9.20; 9. Jacqui Childs-10.15; Aisling Skerritt-10.20; 11. Marie Twomey-10.31; 12. Nicola O’Sullivan-10.43; 13. Anne-Marie Hall-10.53; 14. Karen O’Doherty-10.54; 15. Helen Bennett-11.15; 16. Paula Walsh-11.19; 17. Fiona O’Meara-11.21; 18. Breda Curran-11.25; 19. Neelu O’Sullivan-11.26; 20. Deirdre Crowe-11.29; 21. Susan Collins-11.29; 22. Eithne Sheehan-11.30; 23. Alison Murphy-11.35; 24. Sandra Casey-11.41; 25. Rosaleen Maher-11.44; 26. Una Fahey-11.49.

Group 2: 1. John O’Sullivan-5.22; 2. Anthony Grace-5.26; 3. Darragh Byrne-5.28; 4. Johnny Brunnock-5.38; 5. Joe Gough-5.48; 6. Diane Behan-6.01.

There is only one more night remaining in this year’s series and that is Tuesday 25th September at 7 p.m. at the Sean Kelly Sports Centre. Entry is €2 and you can register from 6.30 p.m. If you have missed the other 3 nights or the entire series fear not as the Winter League is just around the corner. The 2nd running of the club’s Winter League will commence on Tuesday 16th October and will take place at 7 p.m. for 15 Tuesday nights thereafter with a short Christmas break taking us up to mid-February. Entry for this league is €3 each night and a high viz vest is essential. More details about the winter league over the next few weeks.

Cork Half Marathon
A number of Carrick-on-Suir AC athletes traveled to Blarney last Sunday week to compete in the Cork Half marathon and all concerned acquitted themselves very well. Conditions were tough as it was very hot. There was a huge field of 447 runners. The event was won by Eagle AC athlete Wieslaw Sosnowski in a time of 1 hr 11 minutes and 32 seconds.

Here is how the Carrick atletes finished: 227. James Fox-1.45.44; 242. Alan Treacy-1.47.10; 274. Paddy Brunnock-1.50.20; 342. Ann Cronin-1.58.40.

For these athletes and others currently in training for the Dublin City Marathon remember the annual Cork to Cobh 15 mile road race will take place on Sunday 30th September at 9:30 a.m.

Cross Country
The Cross Country season kicks off in earnest next Sunday 23rd September with an excellent open meet in Kilmacow. This annual event is run by St. Senans and has a full programme of events for all ages.