Friday, 28 March 2014


Photos & Reports

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Munster Roads Senior and Novice Championships

These championships were held in Dungarvan today Sunday and saw some great running from our three representatives who were all running on Cork teams.
John Dunphy had a brilliant run again and excelled himself with another PB. John ran 23.44 some 22 seconds better than his recent Ballinhassig time. It seems to be the "Year Of The PBs" for John as he has already posted a few so far this year.
In the ladies Sheila Buckley has a brilliant run finishing in 26.02 coming 10th overall and being a scorer on the victorious Cork team who took GOLD  by coming first team. This is a fantastic finish for Sheila and a great boost for this lady who will be heading to Boston in three weeks along with her buddies Helen Gilroy and Margaret Jones to do the Boston Marathon. The girls are in great shape with Helen getting a PB in Mallow last week and Margaret looking like she had only warmed up after seventeen miles yesterday morning.
Joan Hough also had a fine run finishing under 30 mins so hopefully she will be amongst the Cat. prizes Full results will be on the AAI Munster website later.

UCC 10kM

Sunday morning saw ideal conditions for the Carmel Lynch UCC 10Km. Over the new course which seemed to work flawlessly. We seemed to have a smaller number there than usual but still a fine showing. We had fine runs from Emmet Ronan and Mike Cremin amongst others and from the ladies Christine Murphy and Joan McCarthy had good runs too. We didn't feature amongst the prize winners but everyone got a PB for the course. Full results will be on the BHAA website.


New Training Arrangements for the summer season 

Club Training on Wednesdays 

From next Wednesday, 2 April on we will all meet at the Community Centre at 6.30 (note change of time).

Members sign in for official club training and then they are covered by the club insurance (AAI) in the event of any accident.

We warm up (if you wish) and then divide into the various  groups of your own choice for different speeds, distances, type of training (hills) etc.  This gives you the advantage of having the option of varying your training from week to week as suits. People might like to go with a slower group one week or a faster one the next. It will also serve as a meeting point for the exchange of information etc.. You can still stay with your existing group if you wish once they are signed in. This is open to all members.

You can always do what you want yourself but it is safer to be insured doing it. Your membership entitles you to insurance so you might as well avail of one of the major advantages of being in a club. If these arrangements  do not suit any particular group please contact any member of the committee. 

Club Training on Mondays

Starting on Monday, 7 April training will take place at the Rugby Club on Monday nights at 6.30 pm.  This will replace the current hockey pitch session.  The rugby club offers a great opportunity for speed sessions on a 400m grass track and longer runs if required.  As grass is a much better surface to do speed work on than most other surfaces we would encourage as many as possible to avail of this. No coach ever advises speed work on the road on a regular basis as it can lead to injury.

There are also changing facilities and toilets at the rugby club.  The rugby club is just out the Dungourney road a little past the hockey pitch where we have been training.

Please note that the above are the official club training nights.  It is important for insurance purposes that we meet at the above venues and sign in at these times.  It also makes it easier to make announcements if we all meet at the same place and time. 

Enjoy the long days and safe, happy training! 

Noel and Sally


Starting with good luck to everyone running this weekend both in Dungarvan and UCC 10Km and elsewhere.

We have three runners on the Cork Team in the Munster Roads in Dungarvan on Sunday. They are Sheila Buckley, Joan Hough and John Dunphy.

You will be receiving the new details re training over the weekend .From next Wed 2nd April we will  be going outdoors and from the following Monday 7th April we will be moving to the Rugby Club for training @6.30.

UCC 10Km Sunday @11am.

                                                                               This has traditionally been one of the most popular races on the calendar and takes place over the Lee Road and Straight Road circuit. Starting on Mardyke Walk ( note new start) turning left and then uphill shortly after a few climbs in  between and then a very steep downhill to run past the Anglers Rest and back in the Straight Road for about two miles. This last section proves for many to be the toughest as you can see the County Hall in the distance for about a mile and a half or more and you think you will never get there. The secret is not to look up. Always a very well organised race with food in the canteen after. Sign on is at the end of the Western Road in the new UCC building where the Greyhound Track used to be. A highly recommended race.
NOTE New Start on Mardyke Walk

On St Patricks day Joan Hough ran the Portlaoise 5km and had a fantastic run of 21.18 to come 2nd O/50. Grat running Joan well done.


Membership is available at anytime during the year and instalment are available to anyone that wants them. New members are always welcome .
Once you can run a couple of miles you will be fine and you can always try out for a night's training before joining. We are not taking any complete beginners at the moment until we have enough for a full class. Enquiries

Congrats West Waterford

A big congrats to our neighbours down the road on their new World Champion. Many of our members will know Joe from the races down the years and a very well deserving champion he is. Joe Gough of West Waterford AC  has just won the M60 World Masters Indoor 800m title in Budapest in a time of 2.15.20! Well done Joe!

Graded Track and Field
Some of you may be interested in the below. Anyone interested in the below and in need of a special coaching session on how to use the blocks etc please contact the blog