Carrick Road Runners Athletic Club, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Carrick Road Runners Athletic Club Notes 8th October 2007

Carrick-on-Suir AC's second Winter League was launched this week with the announcement that Super-Valu, Carrick-on-Suir is to sponsor this year's league. The very generous sponsorship will mean that a top quality series will be guaranteed for all those who take part. P.J. Guinan of Super-Valu said the local supermarket is delighted to be involved with such a series as it promotes participation by every level of athlete from walkers and fun runners through to experienced club runners and because of the Winter League system which was originally pioneered by West Waterford AC all runners regardless of ability start from a level playing field and are in with an equal chance of winning the series. As well as a great array of divisional prizes Super-Valu are also offering a €100 shopping voucher to be raffled among all of the athletes who compete in all 14 Tuesday nights of the Winter League.

The club would also like to thank Kildalton Agricultural College, Piltown for the use of its superb grounds for the duration of the league. Without the support of the staff and students of the college the Winter League would never have got off the ground in its first year.

The current reigning Winter League champion, Carrick-on-Suir AC's, Mags Power will be out to retain her title. While the leading men from last year in the form of our very own James Fox and West Waterford's Joe Gough will be doing likewise. Record numbers are expected to join and the stage is set for a very exciting league so watch this space.

The registration night for this year's Winter League will take place at Kildalton College on Tuesday 16th October from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Entry fee is €3 but a €5 number deposit will be required on the first night of registration. Athletes can run over either the 2.5k or 5k distance at their own pace on this registration night to familiarise themselves with the course. No times or places will be recorded on week 1. The league proper will start the following week Tuesday 23rd October with registration from 6:30-6:50 p.m. and all runners off at 7 p.m. sharp. As with last year the number one rule is ‘no bib-no run' so please wear your reflective vest while running as it will be dark and the road is not closed. Remember all are welcome to join the winter league and you don't have to be a member of an athletics club.

County Novice Cross Country
Sunday last saw the cross country season get into full swing at Turnpike in what can only be described as Indian summer conditions. The club sent a very strong men's team and expectations were high. Ann Cronin was our sole lady athlete as some of our other ladies are injured. Ann ran a very good race to finish 8th from a very strong field. She is coming into form at the right time.

It was a great day for our mens team who brought home both an individual as well as a team silver medal. Anthony Grace ran a brilliant race to finish second after timing his finishing sprint to perfection. Johnny Brunnock was 9th, Ger O'Loughlin was 11th, John O'Sullivan came in 13th, Keith Barry was 17th and Mikey O'Loughlin rounded of a great team performance finishing 25th. A great start to the cross country season indeed. 

Mags Takes Top Spot At Cork to Cobh
Congratulations to Mags Power who scooped the ladies over-50 prize with a superb performance. This run will help Mags no end as the Dublin City Marathon fast approaches. Her fine run was enough to se her finish in a super fast time of 2:14:14. Well done also to the clubs first finisher home, Paddy Brunnock who ran a brilliant race to finish 328th in a time of 2:05:14. Here is how the rest of our marathon hopefuls finished in this traditional marathon warm-up: 330th, Alan Treacy-2:05:24; 348th, Mick O'Shea-2:06:46; 440th, Ray Nolan-2:12:50; 443rd, John Nolan-2:12:56; 500th, Geraldine Lynch-2:20:25; 541st, Jackie Dunne-2:29:48.

The committee and members of Carrick-on-Suir AC would like to express their sincere sympathy to club member Tina O'Mahony on the recent passing of her father Willy Flynn, may he rest in peace.