Mooreabbey Milers at the SEMRA fundraiser, (back l-r) Paddy O'Shea, Tom Blackburn, Robert Cunningham, Mandy Parslow, Kathryn Hogan, Mary Pyke. (Front l-r) Marie O'Shea, Louise Rennie, Tricia Ryan.
Mooreabbey Milers AC showed their appreciation for the work of the South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association last Saturday night by taking part in their annual fundraiser in Clonmel. Last year's event was enjoyed so much by six of our members that they brought back a group of eleven this year. Over 600 runners and walkers from all over the South East and beyond came to Clonmel on a bitterly cold, frosty and moonlight night to take part in this 15k road and trail run/walk top the top of Cnoc a Chomortais and back down.
The atmosphere was jolly and upbeat as participants set off on the road and soon a train of head torch lights could be seen snaking up the hill. The route was well marked with signs and was illuminated with festive fairy lights along the way as stewards braved the cold night to keep participants safe and their spirits high. After almost 10k of climbing, the cross at the top was reached and tired runners and walkers were rewarded with breathtaking views of the town of Clonmel by night below. A downhill descent back into Clonmel town was very welcome as were the delicious refreshments and a hot cup of tea afterwards.
Two of our own members took the top spots with Tom Blackburn the first person home in a time of 1hr 7mins and Marie O'Shea was the first lady over the line in 1hr 22mins. Congratulations to both and well done also to Robert Cunningham who was 14th, followed by Paddy O'Shea, John Hayes, Louise Rennie, Mary Pyke, Kathryn Hogan, Tricia Ryan, Mandy Parslow and Pádraigín Riggs. Another wonderful night out for the Mooreabbey Milers. Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers.
Willie O'Donoghue took part in the Great Glenville 4 Mile road race on Sunday 26th last. This event was hosted by Watergrasshill AC and was well supported. Willie ran a fantastic race and recorded a time of 23.15 and he was first in his category also. This time was over one and a half minutes quicker that his last outing in this race.
The club supported the local Anglesboro 5k on Sunday 26th on a cold but dry morning. Ger Hanley ran very well over this enjoyable route to cross the line in third position. Martina Moloney was the first lady home followed by Mary Pyke in second place. Well done to all our members who took part.
Congratulations to Bjorn Downes who put in an excellent performance in the AAI National Cross Country Championships in the National Sports Campus in Dublin last Sunday. Mooreabbey Milers have had an excellent cross country season and it's not over yet, we will be represented in the Munster Intermediate Cross Country this Sunday in Kerry. The very best of luck to all from county Tipperary who will take part.
Good luck to all the Mooreabbey Milers AC athletes who will take part in the Waterford Half Marathon on Saturday next.
Our annual Mile Dash will take place in Galbally on Saturday 30th at 1pm. This is a really enjoyable race for the serious and not so serious runners. Pencil it into your diary because it's one not to be missed.
Mooreabbey Milers train every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm in the community field, Galbally. All are welcome to join us.