Crokes Senior Ladies and Men teams were in action in the County Novice Road Relays last Sunday (Feb 9); with the Ladies Team coming away with Individual and Team Gold medals in Moyne.
Carmel Fitzgibbon led the way with a decisive break from the main group early in the race. She was well supported by a strong team with Lynsey Dooley finishing in a good 6th place, Michelle Maher in 9th, and Sinead O’Meara in 15th to claim the County Title over second place Moyne AC.
In the Mens Race over 6km, the top 3 men all ran under 20 minutes, with Jack Corbett finishing very close to winner Stuart Moloney, who edged ahead of Jack in the final 1km.
The Crokes Men’s team finished 2nd in 35 points, just 5 points behind winners Clonmel.
John Fitzgibbon finished 13th just ahead of Liam Shanahan 14th followed by John Fogarty, Billy Phillips, John Dooley, Jim Moloney, Pat Butler, Ray Riordan, Declan Burke and Tommy Barrett.
Well done to all who made the trip to Moyne!
A small Crokes contingent contested the Munster Indoors in Nenagh with Maria Ralph running well to win a Silver in the Final of the B 60m U9. Ellen Bracken and Ella Moloney also contested the Sprints and Long Jump and they will benefit from the Indoor experience.
Also gaining experience on Saturday was Emmet Ralph who finished strongly for 2nd in his heat in the 500m U10.
Colin Morris and Shane Ryan also competed well the 600m heats U13 and they will benefit from the Indoor experience.
This is our 4th week of the Ballyhoura Trail running experience.
Last Saturday we had a small group of 9 people, the course was 5.5 miles long aside from water logging in places everyone enjoyed it.
We have been very unlucky with the weather so far so hopefully next Saturday morning will be better.
This week we are back outside kilfinane on Slieve Riad we will be meeting at the Ballintober entrance to the wood.
This entrance is on the Kilfinane to Ballylanders road and is also the entrance to Lazy Dog shooting.
The best way to get there from Kilfinane is turn right in the village at the main cross roads at the chemist then take the first left down past the Mill Bar straight out this road about 2 and a half miles and the forest entrance is on your left.
From Ballylanders turn left at the monument coming down the village past the GAA pitch about 2 and a half miles out this road look out for the forest entrance on your right, there is a sign here for The Lazy Dog.
The course follows the main forest road, at the first junction keep right, about a mile on turn right at the barrier.
You will pass the wind turbine on your right and continue all the way to the end.
When you get to the turn table you are looking for a way marked way sign this points you in the way of a rocky outcrop about 50 meters up when you get here, you climb up into the mature forest amd a path leads you back through the wood to the Wind turbine.
From here you join the route you came in on and back track the way you came to the forestry entrance.
The system is the same as in all the other runs, we encourage you to bring a friend as a running buddy.
These runs are not races and there is no charge.
These runs are meant for beginners and also to encourage people to use the trails as an alternative to the roads.
There is more information on the Ballyhoura active series Facebook page including a map of the course.
If you need further information please contact me on (087)6994976.