Carrick Road Runners Athletic Club, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Carrick Road Runners Athletic Club Notes 4th February 2008

What must be one of the premier events of the local road running calendar the Vivas Health Dungarvan 10 took place on Sunday last. This race saw yet another record entry of 698 athletes go the line. As usual it was organised to the highest standard and congratulations and thanks must go to all at West Waterford AC for once again putting on a top class event. At the head of affairs it was Sergiu Turea of Clonliffe Harriers who took top honours in a quality time of 50:18. The ladies race was a very exciting affair with Mary Margaret Meade of North Belfast Harriers finishing in 58:59 just edging out Pauline Curley of Tullamore Harriers who finished 2nd in 59:02.

From a Carrick point of view it was a very successful outing with 12 club runners taking part. All acquitted themselves very well, over the ‘classic distance'. There were numerous PB's over this fast course. Here is how they finished: 17. Pat O'Sullivan-57:54; 58. Ger O'Loughlin-1:01:46; 79. Keith Barry-1:03:20; 175. Tommy Falconer-1:08:12; 221. James Fox-1:09:53; 232. Mark Connolly-1:10:00; 243. Paddy Kerwick-1:10:36; 292. Paddy Brunnock-1:12:38; 465. Mick O'Shea-1:19:35; 530. Alan Treacy-1:22:28; 608. Ann Cronin-1:28:27; 610. Geraldine Houlihane-1:28:38.

Carrick-on-Suir AC's Fit 4 Life Programme Commencing Shortly
The club's Fit 4 Life programme will kick off for 2008 on Tuesday 19th February in Kildalton College, Piltown (to be confirmed). This initiative which is being supported by Athletics Ireland is designed to cater for all beginners and new members. Three of our committee members, namely, Geraldine Lynch, Jackie Dunne and Johnny Brunnock have attended an Athletics Ireland Fit 4 Life training course and will act as leaders for the programme at a local level. The aim of Fit 4 Life will be to design a training programme for new club members and to arrange meet and train sessions whereby beginners can meet with runners of equal ability and train with an objective in mind e.g. completing a 10k race. T-shirts, training diaries, high-viz vests will be available to those who register and take part. More importantly they will receive a structured programme from experienced club runners, train with an objective in mind and do all of this in a fun environment. More details on the Fit 4 Life programme will be circulated to all members over the coming weeks. Please note all those who wish to take part in the Fit 4 Life programme must be members of the club and therefore affiliated to the AAI (and will then be automatically covered for insurance reasons.)

Super-Valu Winter League
It is hard to believe but it has almost come to that time of year again when the Winter League is at an end. The last competitive night is next Tuesday 12th February and this will be a mass start event. We are still encouraging new entries on the night as it will be good preparation for our Fit 4 Life training sessions which begin the following Tuesday at 7 p.m. again in Kildalton.  For new members entry is €8 (this includes a refundable €5 number deposit) entry is €3 every other week. Most importantly please remember your reflective bib and any runner without a bib will not be allowed to register on the night. A reminder to all athletes please return your number after crossing the finish line on this the final league night to get your €5 deposit back. If you know someone who cannot run on the night please bring along their number.

Super-Valu Winter League: Kildalton College, Piltown, 7 p.m. every Tuesday evening (last competitive night-Tuesday 12th February).
Fit 4 Life commencing Tuesday 19th February, 7 p.m., Kildalton College, Piltown.
County Novice Road Race: 1 p.m., Sunday 17th February, Clonmel.
Bausch & Lomb Kilmac 5: 11 a.m., Sunday 24th February, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford.
Easons Dungarvan 10k: 2 p.m., Sunday March 2nd, Dungarvan.
Ballycotton 10: 1:30 p.m., Ballycotton, Co. Cork.