Churchtown 5 Mile
The final race of the Ballyhoura Active Series 2018 took place on Friday evening last in Churchtown, Co. Cork. Hosted by local club Churchtown Road Runners AC this 5 mile route attracted a crowd of almost 170 runners. West Limerick AC members have been making good use of the Ballyhoura series throughout the summer using the series to plan their summer racing and set themselves summer targets. On Friday evening we again had a number of our athletes involved. Sean O Sullivan was our first athlete home completing the five miles in a time of 31:57. Sean has been racing regularly recently and has shown very steady progress throughout the summer. Michael Cussen followed for West Limerick in a time of 32:13. Michael is getting a few races under his belt again which is great to see. Liam O Sullivan has been a regular attendee at Ballyhoura series races in 2018 and again on Friday Liam had a good race with a time of 36:32. Liam was closely followed by Malachy McCarthy who finished in a time of 39:42. Well done to all.
Dooneen At The Racecourse
Dooneen AC hosted the inaugural Munster mile and 5K race on Sunday at Limerick Racecourse. This was a flat fast course and some very good times were posted. Paul Crotty was running for West Limerick and completed the 5K in a time of 21:47. By all accounts this was a great event which will no doubt establish itself firmly on the Munster running calendar in the next few years.
The HSE 5k run/walk takes place in Limerick every year with all proceeds going to Pieta House. Fresh from her exploits in Tullamore last weekend Carmel Mac Domhnaill completed this course in a time of 24:53.
Carmel Macdomhnaill competed in the National Masters track and field last weekend in Tullamore where she enjoyed great success bringing two National Medals home to West Limerick. Carmel took Bronze in the 800 metres and struck gold in the 400 metres.
Newcastle West Couch To 5K
Our Couch to 5K is going very well with big numbers each week. Everyone is enjoying it and the progress since day 1 has been exceptional. The group will continue to meet every Tuesday and Thursday in the Demesne from 8pm to 9pm.The goal is that each participant will complete a 5k in September. The 5K has now been chosen and will be the An Ríocht 5K in Castleisland on September 7th.
Cross Country Season
The cross country season is approaching quickly and this year West Limerick AC will be hosting the Senior, intermediate and uneven ages on Saturday October 6th in the Desmense, Newcastle West. The start time of this event is to be confirmed. Bilboa AC will be hosting the novice, masters and even ages on Sunday October 14th. Only registered club members can participate in these championship events.
Our Tuesday night senior training sessions in the Desmense will return on the 4th of September after the summer break.
Our next club meeting will take place tonight Wednesday August 29th at 8pm at The Rathkeale House Hotel. All club members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Congratulations to club member Valerie Sheehy and her husband Conor on the birth of a new baby boy Cathal recently.
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