Charleville Half Marathon
The hugely popular Charleville Half Marathon took place on Sunday with a huge turnout of runners from the club. This is one of the faster half marathons in the country and is perfectly timed for those preparing for the Dublin City Marathon in October.
There was a little worry during the week as wind and rain was threatening to affect this event but thankfully this did not materialise and running conditions were near to perfect for the sold out race.
There was a quality field on display on the day and this reflected in the results with John Travers of Donore Harriers AC taking the overall race honours in 1:04:23. He was followed closely in 2nd place by Mick Clohisey of Raheny in 1:04:40 and Kevin Maunsell of Clonmel AC was third in 1:05:14.
Lizzie Lee of Leevale AC was first lady finishing in a time of 1:15:38. Siobhan O Doherty of Borrisokane AC was 2nd in 1:17:14 and Jill Hodgins of Leevale AC was 3rd in a time of 1:20:38.
Declan Guina was the first West Limerick AC athlete to finish in a fantastic time of 1:16:07. Declan’s time ranked him well up a quality field in 39th place. Caroline Conroy was our first lady to finish recording an excellent time of 1:36:17 again placing her well up the final rankings. This was a pb time for Caroline and it is great to see her back to her best.
There was some noteable results throughout for West Limerick AC with the following the full list of finishers from the club:
Men’s – Declan Guina 1:16:07, Mark Lenihan 1:23:15, Martin Lyons 1:23:44, Sean Mcauliffe 1:23:46, Jonathan Scanlon 1:39:06, Seamus Cawley 1:39:12, Diarmuid McCarthy 1:42:05, Malachy McCarthy 1:45:52, Kevin O Donoghue 1:46:07 and Mike Hedderman 2:09:55
Ladies – Caroline Conroy 1:36:17, Catriona Lenihan 1:43:24, Paula Collins 1:45:24, Marcella Mcgrath 1:46:19, Suzanne Kennedy 1:47:58, Niamh Mulcahy 1:48:02, Kate Murray 1:48:10, Maeve Kenrick 1:48:25, Tara Carr 1:56:39, Edel Henriques 2:04:44 and Aine Mawe 2:08:26.
A huge well done to all our runners and to everyone that came out to support them on the day. Hopefully we will continue to see such great numbers competing for the club in the months ahead.
Parkrun continues to attract thousands of runners and walkers every weekend all over the country with the free timed event proving a massive success. West Limerick AC’s Michael Guiney ran the Letterkenny parkrun on Saturday in a time of 22:51.
Cross Country Season
The cross country season is approaching quickly and this year Bilboa AC will be hosting the Senior, intermediate and uneven ages at 4pm on Saturday October 6th.
Bilboa AC will also 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 are now back in full swing after the summer break with training commencing at 7pm. New members always welcome.
Juvenile training continues in the Desmense, Newcastle West at 6pm each Tuesday evening and on Thursday evening in the community centre Newcastle West. Juveniles have to be 6 years of age to take part in training and 8 years to compete in competitions. Parents are required to be present for the duration of training which is one hour. New members are always welcome.
Church Gate Collection
Our annual church gate collection in Newcastle West takes place on the weekend of Saturday December 1st and Sunday December 2nd. Any persons available to assist please contact club chairman Kevin o Donoghue on (085) 746 2413
Our next club meeting takes place on October 26th at 8pm in The Rathkeale House Hotel. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Our club AGM is set for November 30th in The Rathkeale House Hotel at 8pm.
Save the date
Our club Christmas party 2018 will be on Saturday December 8th. More details to follow soon .
Warmest Congratulations to Ger and Stephanie Guina on the birth of their baby daughter Lauren Rose.
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