J&N Coaching Weekend Recap: Great Limerick Run & Sub 4 Minute Mile Magic at Tus Track

May 07, 2024

Great Limerick Run

A big well done to all our members who took part in the Great Limerick Run yesterday. Having spent the past few months running and training in the cold and wet, it was a big change to have glorious sunshine for the event. The warm sunshine brings its own problems but our runners seem to overcome the heat obstacle with great style. In the Half Marathon we had David Lorigan who is always a consistent runner and yesterday was no different when running the streets of Limerick in 1:36:23 well done to David. Next up was Liam Connolly showing tremendous endurance strength when running his fastest ever half marathon in 1:41:13. Liam will be delighted with that as he breaks new ground on every outing. Also on the personal best front we had Shane Griffin running a totally controlled race and knocking 10 minutes off his previous best time and dipping under 1:50 with a time of 1:49:43. Just brilliant gains from Shane who is benefiting from consistent application in training. He should be very proud of his fantastic progress. Personal bests came thick and fast and Joe Fogarty’s progress in the past 6 months is a real inspiration for anyone who is new to running. Joe has shown terrific dedication in training working on his fitness but also on his running technique and in the his first Limerick Half marathon he ran a massive personal best of 1:52:57 great performance Joe. Our only two women running in the Half Marathon were Lorraine O’Regan and Chloe Dutton. Lorraine nor Chloe were not going to be out shone by the men. After last week's solid run in the MCI half marathon event running 2:19:10, Lorraine improved on that performance by almost 4 minutes on a much tougher course around Limerick to clock a fantastic 2.15.13. This will bring great confidence to Lorraine going into the Dublin Marathon Training. Great to see such progress. For Chloe it was a venture into the unknown as she made her debut in the longer distance event. The main focus for Chloe was to get from start to finish and she did that with flying colours, coming home in 2:23:43 great achievement Chloe. New to the group is Alan Kennedy who we look forward to working with over the coming months Alan is an enthusiastic runner and I have no doubt he will enjoy the support of the J&N training group. Alan should be happy with his run yesterday clocking 2:20.01. Greg O’Mahony will be another happy to complete the half marathon, his 1st half marathon having been hampered by injury recently which curtailed his level of training. Greg managed his trek around the course very well and finished in 2.35.20. Well done to all who competed the half marathon on a hot day. Great to see such great fitness, strength and endurance, In the 6-mile event we had 3 women take to the line. First home was Kate Wall in a time of 51.24 great to see Kate testing her training and running really well. We then had Anne Marie Davis running 57:42 but moreover great to see Anne Marie running again after her nasty fall in Half Marathon Wexford. Hopefully, those injuries are behind her now and she can enjoy getting back to full fitness. Great to see you back Anne Marie. Niamh Costello was next home another runner making great strides of improvement and enjoying her running. Niamh came home in 60:47. Well done to everyone who ran yesterday it’s always good to test your training in these big events where you have plenty of people around you to support your pace and encourage you along. Long May you enjoy your running.

Tus Track Commemorative Mile Run

On the May Bank Holiday Monday the J&N Training Group celebrate the 70th anniversary of the first sub 4 minute mile that was achieved by Rodger Bannister at Iffley Road, Oxford.

The J&N training group of athletes of varies different levels took to The Tus Track in Clonmel. Over 5O enthusiastic runners from our group ran in memory of one of the greatest land mark achievements in athletics history commemorating Roger Bannister magnificent sub 4 minute mile.

The Senior J&N training coaches Niall O’Sullivan & John Laste strongly felt that they could not let this momentous moment pass without marking it in some way.

Ireland has a long tradition of producing great milers and it’s fitting that we celebrate the 70th anniversary of this groundbreaking achievement in middle distance running.

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