Good entry expected for Clogheen 5k event

The very popular Clogheen 5K Road Race takes place this Thursday night at 8pm.

The very popular Clogheen 5K Road Race takes place this Thursday night at 8pm.

Last year we had a record entry of 142 athletes that included a good number of walkers.

This event is promoted by Clonmel Athletic Club and hopefully we can get as many members as possible to travel out to Clogheen for this event.

It is an ideal event for anyone who would like a short hard race as part of their build up for the Boston Scientific Half Marathon on August 18.

It would also be ideal for anyone hoping to run well in the County 10 Mile on Monday 5th August. Please note the County 10 miler will now go ahead at the earlier time of 11am. So a good hard run over 5K on the 1st of August would be good preparation for the County 10 mile on August 5th.

Indeed looking at last year’s results it was brilliant to see so many Club members taking part, in all we had 50 members taking part. The course record for the Men was set by Gerry Ryan of Loughrea when he ran 15 mins in 2009. Siobhan O’Doherty set the Women’s record in 2007 when she ran 17 mins 51 secs.

Once again Ned O’Brien, Jimmy McHugh and committee have put together a great event, worthy of our support. The Entry fee is 10 Euros and there will be prizes in all the usual categories as well as spot prizes for both joggers and walkers. There will be Post Race refreshments as well. Entries will be taken at the Community Hall from 6.30pm onwards. The course is good with a slight uphill on the way out of Clogheen along the Clonmel road and as you take the first turn off. The course then levels out and the last 3k is flat and downhill all the way to the finish, so a good course to achieve your PB for 2013.

The very popular Ballymacarbry 5 Mile road race took place in good sunny conditions.

Paudie O’Keeffe ran very well when winning the over 40 award when 5th overall in 28 mins 46 secs.

Derek Nolan also ran well when 1st over 50 in 30 mins 3 secs when 10th overall. Larry Martin ran well when 15th in 31:19, Niall O Ceallaigh was 2nd over 45 when 17th in 31:28. Aine Roche ran well when 3rd Senior Woman in 33:11 when 29th overall with Dick O’Gorman 30th in 33:16 and John Browne 31st in 33:17.

We also had good performances from Tom Bourke 49th in 35:29, Adrian Lonergan 72nd 37:38, Helen O Ceallaigh 110th 43:13, Dearbhla O’Keeffe 130th 57:57 and Helena Moloney 132nd 61:05.

Angela McCann competed in the Churchtown South 5 mile road race which attracted an entry of 584, brilliant entry. Angela ran very well when finishing 2nd in 30 mins 20 secs. Donna Nagle also ran and finished 323rd in 39:50.

The Boston Scientific Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, August 18 at 11am. Preparations are going well for this year’s event but marshalling such a course requires plenty of stewards, so we would be very grateful if people could come forward and give a helping hand for a couple of hours, and people interested in helping can do so by contacting Niall O’Sullivan at 086 1660888. This year we are arranging for athletes to run as pacers and they will run at an even pace to achieve their target times. So we are looking for 2 pacers for each of the following finishing target times: 90 mins (7 mins mile pace), 105 mins (8 mins mile pace), 120 mins (9 mins mile pace) and 135 mins (10 min mile pace).