Friday, 6 December 2013


Clean Zone Technology Turkey Trot
Karen Grant Wins
Karen Grant had a fantastic run here in Old Parish Co Waterford to finish first in the ladies over a tough but nice course in a time of 31.42  Karen has also been picked for the Cork team in the All Ireland cross country championships in a  weeks time, she was followed home by Gillian Bransfield who had a great run and broke the magical 40 mins and got a new PB which is no easy feat on this course. Caitriona Canavan also had a good run.
 Our first man home was Sean O'Sullivan closely followed by David Motherway both posting good times.Brian Healy also had a fine run with mile 1-2 being uphill and very hard on everyone..
Overall it's a well run race under the auspices of West Waterford AC with plenty of stewards, support cars etc. & some of the route is quite scenic on what was a nice (though at times windy) morning for a run. All of this for a €7 entry fee/donation in aid of Youghal Cancer Support Centre. Registration at the Marine Bar was handled efficiently on the day.
There were 176 finishers in the race & a walk had gone off an hour before the race, so hopefully they raised plenty of funds for this worthy cause.

Mardyke Will Be Open

Apologies for any confusion, but the Mardyke has just informed us that they will not be commencing works until next Tues, sotraining will go ahead as usual on Monday 9th & Monday 16th.

Clonakilty Update

Well done to all our athletes who did the races in Clonakilty today Most seemed to favour the half marathon but one amazing lady Mary Toher did the full and her 21st this year.See report below.
                                                         Reports in for the Half Marathon have Matt Chojan as our first man home in a time of 1.29.45 and finishing in 22nd position and got a new PB. John Dunphy also had another very fine run in a time of 1.31.33 despite suffering from sore teeth. Fionan O'hAodain also had a very fine run coming a long way from having just joined the beginners group this time last year.A big cheer must go to three young ladies making their Half Marathon debuts that is Margaret Sinclair,Barbara Swanton and Frances Steel Well done and may it be the first of many.
Sheila Buckley again was our first lady home in a time of 1.33.21. It took place over a very scenic but a rather hilly course.
Mike Cremin had a fine run in the 10Km race getting a great time of 40.11 again over a tough course.
 I know we had others running there but these are the reports to hand.

Happy 21st Mary
Clonakilty Marathon this weekend will hopefully be the amazing Mary Toher's 21st Marathon this year.
No this is not a misprint she has completed over 70 marathons in total but this weekend will see her complete 21 this year alone.This is an absolutely amazing achievement by any standard some clubs would be delighted to achieve that number of marathons among all their members in one season let alone to have one athlete who has achieved it and believe it or not she plans some more before the year ends. Well done Mary hope it all goes well for you.


As always good luck to everyone running this weekend as as always please keep the blog. posted with any information you might wish published. I am delighted ro say we had well over 200 hits on the blog last weekend.

I know we have a few people going to Clonakilty Half as well including John Dunphy (sore teeth and all) and Fionan O'hAodain so the very best to them and everyone else as well.

There is an interesting race coming up tonight .


A race with a difference takes place tonight in CIT @ 7PM. Thas is a floodlit cross country race.There are two courses one a 3Km for women and a 5Km for men. This is the fourth year of the event and it has proved very popular and is an ideal way for anyone wishing to try cross country as runners of all levels take part. It is around the CIT playing pitches in Bishopstown and entry is upstairs in the GAA stands and will be signposted.

Entry fee is only 5 Euro and proceeds go to Make A Wish Foundation. 

Michelle Kenny had a fine run here and came 2nd lady

Ballycotton 10 Entries.

The online entries will open this afternoon and we ask ALL of our members not to avail of this facility. All members have until the 20th of Dec to get their entry in.
If you enter today YOU are depriving someone else of a place in the race
How would you like to have someone deprive you of your place.
As a club member you have the extra time and can enter from Monday next until the 20th (arrive by) and are guaranteed entry once you have it posted to arrive by the 20th.

We will have entry forms at training next week both Monday and Wed. and they can also be downloaded from Monday on.

Note of Interest

Online entries opened today at 2pm today and the server crashed there was such a demand .It opened again at 2.40 and was full by 3.30 pm Now who is lucky they are with a club and have another while to enter.