COUNTY MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
The County Masters Cross Country Championships were held on Sunday, January 22 in Thurles and hosted by Thurles Crokes AC. The men in the age categories of 35 to 64 ran 7km. In this race first home for the club was 18th Patrick Ryan 27:37 and won Bronze in the O50. Next we had 29th Gerry O’Neill 28:49, 31st Michael Ryan 29:08 and 50th John O’Brien 34:40. In the O65 race they ran 4km. Liam Butler won the race, with PJ Holmes winning Silver. Fantastic results and well done to all of those that ran.
The Newcastle 5k was held on Sunday, January 29. We had 5 athletes compete. First home for the club in a superb run was 6th Dymphna Ryan 17:36 and was the 1st Woman. Well done to Dymphna who is performing exceptionally. Next we had 16th Darren Allison 18:51, 20th Derek Breen in a new PB of 19:23, his first time dipping below a 20 min 5k, 44th Tony Delaney 21:05 and 47th Shane White 21:33.
INDOOR AAI GAMES
The Indoor AAI Games were held on Sunday, January 29 in Athlone. Kevin Moore competed in the Mens Heat 1 3,000m in a fast time of 8:29.13, placing 8th. Great to see Kevin doing so well amongst some of the best athletes in the country.
TRAINING – ADULTS
Fit4Life every Monday and Thursday at 7pm at the Dundrum Community Hall track. Suitable for all adults whether it is walker, jogger or runner. Similar style to Couch25k. Couch25k programme will start on Monday 6th February. This training is still suitable for those who can already run 5k and will improve your speed. Perfect to get out in a group which makes exercise so much easier.
Every Tuesday a speed session is held in Canon Recreation Centre track in Tipp Town at 7pm by Dymphna Ryan. These sessions are that bit harder and for a runner who has been training quite a bit. Perfect for getting those times down in races. Derek Breen who attends these sessions got a 5k PB this week at the Newcastle 5k and dipped well under 20 mins for the first time.
Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10am at the Duck Pond, Marlbog will be for group slow and or long runs. The more the merrier for these as then people at all levels will have company. Walk, jog or run again. There is a 3km and 2km loop available at the Duck Pond so it can be varied to suit the person and what they want to do.