Midleton AC Senior Section 9th July 2012
By Peter Gunning
Post-marathon blues have been blown away by short course fever with several of our athletes competing in the top two events of the past fortnight. First up was the second event in the four-race Ballycotton 5 Summer Series in Shanagarry. Arguably the toughest of the four courses with the winding hill from Garryvoe testing both lung and limb, eighty-three Midleton AC members made it to the finish. Both Darragh Canavan and Adam Duchnicz broke the 30minutes barrier finishing in 29:49 and 29:57 respectively. Kevin Smith paced his 6 minute-miles perfectly to clock 30:00. Close on his heels came Denis Kelleher, 30:25 and Marc Dalton 30:47 and Tom Cody 31:07. Many of our athletes remain in contention for Top-50 overall places with Emmett Ronan, Michael Dolphin, Kieran Mulcahy, Fergal O’Meara and Morgan O’Regan well-poised. Our ladies too look set to dominate the overall standings when the series ends in Ballycotton in August. Michelle Kenny, Sheila Buckley, Anna Doris, Helen Gilroy , Margaret Jones, Marian Aherne and Susan Delaney all ran strongly on the night. Those T-shirt fittings are just ten miles of racing away ladies!
A week later the East Cork, Corkbeg 4 was held in Whitegate. Fine running here from Denis Kelleher and Tom Cody to finish ninth and tenth respectively in 23:50 and 23:53. Emmett Ronan, 24:44, Don O’Callaghan 25:50, Eugene McCarthy 26:19 and James Moore 26:57 all preformed well on the night. Anna Doris, Sheila Buckley and Michelle Kenny led our ladies home with great running too from Margaret Jones, Breda Cahill, Mary O’Keeffe, Colette Barry and Anne-Marie Perry. It is indicative of the growing strength of our club that this event which attracted 138 participants included 48 athletes wearing Midleton AC vests. This level of participation in road-races is phenomenal and we can all justifiably and collectively feel very proud.
Breaking all the road-racing rules in the book several of our athletes completed the gruelling 180km Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle last Saturday. Heartiest congratulations are extended to Trish Murphy, Denis Kelleher, Seán O’Sullivan, Noel O’Regan and Peter Gunning. Now put away those toys for another year and get back to your real sport!
For fixtures and news of upcoming events keep an eye on the blog. Monday and Tuesday training continues as normal. Until next time keep running.