Birdhill Half Marathon
Margaret Jones Wins
What a weekend for the Midleton AC club with another fantastic result of Margaret Jones winning the Half Marathon in Birdhill. Over a very tough course with lots of hill and climbs she came home first lady in a great time of 1.33.29.This is her first win in a half marathon and is richly deserved. Don Ryan who also competed had a fantastic run to come home in 1.29.03 .Well done to both of ye guys.
The Great Glenville Run
Esther Murphy Wins
Vicki Cleary 3rd.
The inaugural Great Glenville Run took place in ideal but cold conditions on Sunday morning and I am delighted to report that Esther Murphy Midleton AC won the ladies event in 26.45. She was followed home in 3rd Place by Vicki Cleary in 27.43 with another great run following on her Cloyne success last weekend and to crown things she got a PB as well. Our next lady home was Carmel Deane in 28.17 which was fantastic running considering her great run in the Waterford Half Marathon only the previous day. Our men were John Dunphy with a fine run of 25.27 and Paul Spiteri who ran with Vicki in 27.45. Donie and Kathleen O'Connell also had fine runs. Prizes were very limited due to it being Watergrasshill ACs first event. They promise to rectify that next year,
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Waterford Half Marathon
This was a really well organised event with excellent stewarding and great conditions for running. We had far too many here to go into all individual performances but suffice to say that all seemed to run very well. Special mention must be made though for our first timers over the distance Rayleen Dolphin, Lana Creedon and Michael McNamara all who excelled themselves also our Dublin marathoners Louise Barry (another PB), Brian Cott and Denis Collins seem to have recovered well. It was great to see Carmel Deane back and running so well after a long lay off and she was our first lady home whilst our first man home was Andre Brodkorb who had a brilliant run of 1.24.33 knocking eight and a half minutes off his PB.
The sad note of the day was Martha McNamara who was running really really well had to drop out at the seven mile mark due to a foot injury. At least she did the sensible thing and hopefully she will be back very soon. Well done all.
CLONAKILTY HALF MARATHON
We had two runners here today in what appears to have been another badly organised race where the two leading runners were sent the wrong way and wound up doing an extra mile before they found themselves back in the race again. This is quite ridiculous considering the cost of entering this race that it couldn't be stewarded properly.
Luckily it didn't effect our runners.
We had Matt Chojan who had a fine run in 1.30.34 and Kevin Moran who got a new PB with 1.44.41. The course here consisted of two loops with a steep hill at midway on both loops making it a tough challenging course. Well done guys.
Best of luck to all our members running this weekend. We have members going to Half Marathons in Clonakilty and a large crew are going to Waterford also we have some juveniles taking part in the All Irelands. Also there is a 4mile @11.30 in Glenville Sunday morning but hot off the press is the Mallow 10 Mile.
This is now open for entries so don't delay do it now also Ballycotton 10 online entries open at 2pm tomorrow Friday but don't let that bother you because as a club member you have another two weeks to enter and by entering online you will be depriving someone else of a place. We will have official entry forms at training on Mon night next and also at Wed. night training. They will also be available in Tri n Run. We have until Fri 19th to have them in but remember they MUST ARRIVE BY POST ON OR BEFORE THAT DATE.
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