National League Rd 1 and John Buckley Graded League Rd 3:
A mixture of track and roads the last week. Sean won the 5000m in the National League in Templemore on Sunday in 15.17 gaining 9 points for the East Cork Divisional team. Congrats to the Ladies East Cork Divisional Team for winning the first round with 122 points from Kerry County with 116. If anyone is interested in competing for the divisional team in the National League Round 2 in Athlone on July 8th, please contact Liam and let him know.
Staying with the track we had three racing on Monday night in the Graded Leagues in CIT. Lorna brought her track experience to the fore to get 3rd place in a competitive race in 5.33. Michelle raced nicely to crack the 6 min barrier in 5.55 and finish 5th and Eibhlin raced her first ever 1500m and ran a great 6.23 for 7th. It is great to see the training groups most consistent members racing it up on the track and with plenty of more track races to go this year watch for the PB's to tumble.
Back on the roads Kevin was back across the border in the Dromana 5 mile where he beat rival/training partner Ravis Zakis to get 2nd in a swift 26.37. Our two traditionalists Denis and John raced the Donoughmre 7 mile race on Friday night. Denis despite a tempo run the previous night still managed a top 40 finish in 49.12 with John just missing out on the hour mark with 60.05.
A busy enough weekend of racing from Merck Millipore BHAA in Carrigtwohill last Wednesday night to the Lee Fields on Sunday we had 9 members competing. Top results were Kevin O'Leary in 3rd, Brian Harty 7th at Coolagown and John Hennessy claiming 6th in Merck Millipore 5k.
Niamh O'Connor made a welcome return to the racing scene after a spell injured on the sidelines. Great to see her back and will really strengthen up our ladies teams for the rest of the summer.
John Walshe was a man on a mission racing 3 times in 4 days.
- Daniel Kingston 5k: June 21st Macroom 8pm
- John Buckley Graded Leagues: June 25th (1500m)
- Robbie Steele Memorial 4 mile: July 5th 8pm
The Golden streak continues. Congrats to Sean who won the Munster Track and Field 5000m title, continuing his rich vein of form, in 15.13. Well done Sean especially as it was a close race the whole way but Sean used his winning instinct to kick home strong ahead of Michael Carmody and Dave Mansfield.
Also medaling were the ever consistent Frank and Denis who won bronze in the M45 and M55 categories respectively. Well done to all, keeping the club flag flying in championship races is the reason the club was set up in 1985.
Also running over the weekend was John Walshe who raced in Ballincollig and Meelin and Kevin O'Leary who showed no fear in racing within 5 days of his brilliant run in the half to finish 2nd in Clashmore 5k in a solid 16.17.
Best of luck to Sean McGrath, Denis McCarthy and Frank Hayes flying the club colours in Kerry this weekend for the Munster Senior and Masters track and field championships.
Sean will be going in as Cork champion and we have had considerable success in the race in recent years:
- 2017 James was 2nd,
- 2016 Sean himself was 3rd
- 2015 James 2nd
- 2014 James won and Tim 3rd
- 2013 James won and Sean 2nd
On top of that our own Donnocha O'Mahoney holds the meet record with a blistering 14.10 from 1994.
All roads lead to Cork City center this weekend (except the ones that were closed!). We had members competing in the full marathon, the half marathon and the relay.
Fiona had top individual result bettering her position from last year to finish an amazing 2nd, behind Irish International athlete Claire McCarthy, in a new PB of 83:27. Kevin O'Leary also PB'd and finished 5th again this year in a swift 73.23, even more impressive as he only began his warm up 19 minutes before the start.
James Mc and Paul Cleary both tackled the full marathon. James in his first marathon (never even trying a half before) completed in a commendable 2:52. No doubt a great learning experience and plenty more to come. Paul our experience campaigner ran a great 3.14 and probably in the middle of a jam packed weekend of multiple difference activities.
Our ladies relay team of Annalise, Michelle, Eadaoin and Lorna were 5th female team in an excellent 3.25 even though there were some funny changeovers noted!