Michal Rejmer Run Series:
The second in the 5 mile race series took place on Friday night. The race was won by Eoghan Beary of Dooneen A.C. in 26:52. Siobhan Greensmyth of Borrisokane A.C. was the first woman in 29:45.
We had a good West Limerick A.C. representation on the night. Karl Lenihan lead our members home in sixth place 29:27. He was followed by Caroline Conroy 34:37, Noelle Aherne 34:43, Andrew McNamara 35:48, Rita Brouder 36:40, Sheila Clavin 37:38, Seamus Cawley 38:42, Richard Lenihan 41.37
Letterkenny: Well done to Micheal Guiney who continues to improve over the 5k distance. He completed this Parkrun in a time of 19:30.
On Good Friday Ray Mulcahy travelling to Sligo and ran in this 5k race which was organised by North Sligo AC. Ray finished the race in 22:59.
Ballybunion half marathon and 10k
We had a number of athletes travel down to ballybunion on Saturday to take part in the half marathon and 10k event. Weather conditions were ideal and there was a huge turnout of over 500 runners on the day. The course itself is quite a challenging one with the route leading out the Beale road however quite a scenic one on a day like yesterday. In the half Gerard Hanlon lead home west limerick in a great time of 1:38:59 followed by Joanne Maharg in 1:52:15, Michelle lenihan 2:08:58 and Niamh Humphries In 2:19:35. In the 10k John O’ Connell crosses the finish line in 44:46 and Tara Carr in 51:50.Excellent running by all well done everyone.
Micheal Guiney had a very active weekend on the running scene. He followed up an impressive Parkrun on Saturday with a finish of 43:58 in the Carney 10k in Sligo. Interestingly he finished just behind former Cork marathon winner Zola Flynn, daughter to famous miler Ray Flynn.
Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 Mile:
Bank holiday Monday saw 121 runners take on the Jack O Keeffe 4 mile race.
This excellent race was organised by Gneeveguilla AC and they deserve huge credit for the juvenile races which were held pre-adult race. West Limerick A.C members Katie & Amy Lenihan and Cian & Fiona Mulcahy all competed and ran very well and brought home some awards for the trophy cases.
Weather conditions made for a very sunny, hot race. The temperatures didn’t affect the front runners with Sergiu Ciobanu winning in 19.24. First woman was the very talented Niamh O Mahony of An Riocht AC. Expect to see a lot of this young athlete in the coming years.
Declan Guina continued his fine form with a 5th place finish in 21:55. There was a sprint finish between Kevin O Donoghue 27:53 and Con Mulcahy 27:54. They were followed very closely by Catriona Lenihan 28:16. Catriona won a category prize.
It was a fantastic day out and Gneeveguilla AC reminded us to keep an eye out for their upcoming one mile race series.
Due to the large numbers of juvenile members attending training on Tuesdays and Thursdays we will have closed registration to new juvenile members We have reached full capacity in our current facilities and in coaching ratios. We are currently looking for parents and/or people in West Limerick with an interest in athletics to obtain Garda Vetting and get involved with coaching in the club so that we can support our current coaches and offer more training to juveniles in our area. We need your help if we are to continue our juvenile training. West Limerick A.C. will pay for all necessary courses once a commitment is made to join the club and help in the juvenile section of our club.
Our current coaches are Mike Cussen, Tara Carr and Kevin O Donoghue along with assistant coaches Aogan MacDomhnaill, Aine Mawe and Micheal Rowsome.
2019 West Limerick AC registration is still open for adults (over 19) and juveniles , all registration and payments are now online, all members are requested to complete the on line form and make the payment electronically. Adult membership (over 19’s) is €35 and Juvenile membership is €25. The club is no longer using paper forms and/ or cash transactions. Full details and link to registration are on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
Payment for club gear can also be made through the online account.
Senior training for West Limerick AC members continues each Tuesday evening at 7pm on the Astro turf in the Desmene Newcastle West. You must be registered before you can train. There are no exceptions. The €2 fee remains. Non athletics Ireland members will not be allowed take part for insurance reasons. This goes for Juvenile, Fit4Life and Interval training. If you are not a member of the club you will not be allowed train with the club.
AAI Permit Races
In a bid to highlight AAI permit races to athletes we are trying to put a list of permitted races together.
Upcoming Permitted Races:
Great Limerick Run – May 5th – Limerick
10th Anniversary Banna 10k Run and 5k Fun Run, Sunday, 4th August at 9:30 a.m..
September 15th or 22nd – Novice, Masters and Even age Juveniles XC
Limerick Mini Marathon – Sept 29th – Limerick
October 13th – Senior, Intermediate and Uneven Juveniles XC.