Consistent training pays off at Sea2Sky 10K

Sea2Sky2015Over 700 people took part in one of the most picturesque 10ks in the racing calendar. It starts right at sea level and takes in around 500 feet of climbing with superb views from the high point of the course. The initial 3k takes the runner up the coast road and back along King Street before entering Donard Wood, crossing the Glen River and the First Bridge and rising steadily to the Water House. A muddy crossing then follows to the boundary wall of Tollymore Forest before dropping fast to the Tullybrannigan Road and Tipperary Path and then a flat 2km to finish through the Islands, Castle Park and back along the Promenade. Continue reading

Hill and Dale 2015 Thank You Night

The club will be hosting a Hill and Dale thank you night at the Toscano Pizzeria on Saturday 12th Sept meeting at 7.30pm. If you have helped out at any of the recent H&D races you are very welcome to come along and enjoy free food and complimentary refreshments. Please spread the word and if you had a friend or child with you at a race who helped they are also welcome. If you can make it please let Paul Watson know on paulwatson87@btinternet.com

World and Olympic Qualifying times for Kerry

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“the last water jump” by Malcolm McCausland

On Friday evening 10th July at the Sub-4 International Meeting at the Danny McDaid Track in Letterkenny, Kerry O’Flaherty finished second to American Jamie Cheever (9:40.99) in a big new personal best of 9:42.61. This is inside the qualifying time for this year’s World Championships in Beijing and for next year’s Rio Olympics. Kerry 2

Kerry had set her previous best of 9:51.64 in Huelva in Spain last month in windy conditions. Conditions in Letterkenny were a little windy but the field that Meeting Director Darragh McDaid had assembled was an excellent one. Polish athlete Matylda Kowal was the official pacemaker to 2k going through the first km in 3:13 and then 6:30. As she dropped out there were three Irish, five Americans and a Ugandan in contention. Over the final water barrier with 150 metres to go there were three girls neck and neck – Cheever, O’Flaherty and compatriot from Cork, Michelle Finn. With a 3:12 final km and a last lap of 74 seconds, O’Flaherty secured the two qualifying times. Behind her in 3rd Michelle Finn (9:43.4) also secured Beijing and Rio times, in 4th Sara Treacy from Meath (9:44.14) also secured the Olympic time but was just outside the World standard (9:44.0).

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Anyone fancy a Parkrun?

Roady MacTar reports from windy Craigavon

Worldwide there were 594 parkruns at 9:30am local time on Saturday 4th July. From humble beginnings in Bushy Park, Teddington with 13 competitors and 4 volunteers in October 2004 , 732,937 runners of all abilities have clocked up an amazing 37,082,400km in 346 locations throughout the UK.  Continue reading