Mooreabbey Milers A.C. - Denis wins the Kerry Ultra





The Kerry Way Ultra 50k
At the monument that commemorates the landing point of Roger Casement is where Denis Ryan begun his 50k quest. Arriving at the infamous Barrow Hill for the dogleg section Denis then turned outside the gates of the Tralee Golf Club where he was able to take in the views of Barrow Bay before descending Barrow. Sneaking in a cunning little drag up to Churchill before he turned right at the graveyard this route took on a quiet local road which bought Denis to historic Fenit. Through Fenit village and out along the pier to the iconic Fenit lighthouse before turning at the steps to the monument to St Brendan. Denis then entered the final leg of his journey travelling back through the village along the main Tralee to Fenit road via the coast of Tralee Bay. With the sails of Blennerville Windmill visable in the distance, Denis then passed the Oyster Tavern and Tralee Cricket club before he turn off the main road and headed into the Kerries. A few last minute drags tested his reserve before he descend the hill and arrived in the outskirts of Tralee town. The finish line only a couple of miles away now. Giving it his all Denis crossed the finishline on Niall Armstrong Way in Tralee in 1st place.

On Wednesday evening while most of us went to welcome Galbally native John Kiely and the 'Liam McCarthy' home Sarah Fitzpatrick took on the task at representing the club at the newest MMRA race The Devil's Bit in Templemore County Tipperary. Sarah shone brightly for the club on the night finishing 3rd lady.

Rathcormac 4 Mile 
With all roads on Thursday evening leading to Rathcormac James Fletcher was the only club member to hit the start line. With new course records set on the night and sprint finishes James finished in a very worthy 41st out 308 placing him within the top 15% of the race.

Churchtown 5 Mile 
A cracking night was had by the six Mooreabbey Milers that travelled to the Churchtown 5 mile last Friday night. This was the final race of the Ballyhoura Active Series. At the start line for the club was Tom Blackburn, Patrick Holian, Damien Holian, Willie O'Donoghue, James Fletcher and Gerard Hanley. On this hilly loop course all six finished in the fifth of the field Tom was 6th and took first in his category, followed by Patrick Holian in 9th finishing just outside the top 10 was Damien Holian and Willie O'Donoghue Willie also took first in his category, and to round out the night Tom, Patrick and Damien took the team shield. Mighty running from James and Gerard also.

Annual family fun day and BBQ
On Saturday last the club held its annual family fun day and BBQ. The sun shone as we took to the trails of Aherlow for a 5k walk, giving the new generation of Milers a lesson in nature along the way. Arriving back in Lisvernane our chef had the BBQ well under way the smell waffling in the air. After the BBQ settled came the next workout on the bouncy castle, rounded off with some soccer and frisbee games. The club would like to thank all the organisers, helpers, chefs and bakers on the day.

Clonakilty 10 Mile 
Down in the sunny South West of Cork was Willie O'Donoghue. The location was Clonakilty and taking in the views he wasn't, toeing the line at the Clonakilty 10 Miler was the name of the game. After a wet night the sun rose over inchydoney beach. As the 10am hooter approached 100 runners descended to the start line. Just as the hour approached the first runner came back into view, just over the hour mark saw the second runner in. Hot on their heels was 3rd, 4th and 5th then into sight came the purple and white vest of Willie in 6th. Willie also took 1st in the m/50 category.

Boston Scientific Half Marathon 
Covering the ground this week in Clonmel at the Boston Scientific half marathon was Marie O'Shea, Liam Lewis, Mary Pyke, Patricia Ryan and Padraigin Riggs. This is a classic event that is hosted annually by Clonmel AC and sponsored by Boston Scientific Clonmel. The scenic 13.1k looped route took in the country and urban areas of Clonmel it started on the Clonmel bypass and finished at LIT. Padraigin Riggs finished 1st in her category while Marie O'Shea was 2nd in hers and claimed herself a PB also.

Training Adults
Adults train on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7pm in the community field in Galbally. New members always welcome. Adults also do hill/mountain and trail training, become a registered member and get the added benefit of being included if the club's whatsapp to keep up to date with training/races and events.
Registration forms are available at training.

Training Juveniles 
Juvenile training has resumed after the summer break. Training in the community field in Galbally Monday nights at 7pm and Thursday nights at 6pm. For insurance reasons all juveniles must be registered with the club. Registration forms are available at training each night. Cost of Registration is €15 per juvenile. (Family rates available). Looking forward to seen you all back.