Ballymore Cobh AC – John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile Race Report

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Sixteen talking points! Sixteen talking points! Sixteen talking points! Sixteen talking points! Sixteen talking points from the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile Race this weekend! Go on, count them.

▪B-b-b-b-b-baltic settings with a wind chill of 2° Celsius. However, accompanied by sunshine, occasional clouds and a light northeasterly breeze, the sum of their parts led to quite good running conditions over a fairly flat course for the record 2,197 finishers.

▪It was Alma Worrall’s first 10 mile race in 2 years, with a time of 1:24:06 – “I’m still off my pace, but happy out.”

▪Pauline Hannafin ran it in 1:29:13 and confided afterwards that she “felt so happy, felt so good and enjoyed every mile.”
Totally positive vibes coming at us there!

▪”I was happy to see the finishing line after probably going off a bit too fast in the early stages. Encouraging ahead of Lisbon in five weeks time.”
The humble words of a Lisbon Marathon-bound Trevor Cummins, who ran his race in an otherworldly time of 62:22… we always said he was from a different planet!

▪”Great club running on the day and I was thrilled to sneak in under the 90 minutes”, exclaimed a delighted Sarah Ahern, who clocked a time of 1:29:44.

▪She ran 5 miles pre-race, timed with precision to end just as the starter’s gun went off for the John Treacy Dungarvan 10.
15 miles in total, all as part of her training programme for the looming Rotterdam Marathon this April.
A 1:23:01 finish for Deirdre Meyler ain’t half bad, all things considered!

▪”A lovely 10 mile route off into the countryside on a cold, crisp February Sunday and a great atmosphere.
The hills were not too bad; a couple of drags and nice bits of downhill, too.”
Uttered from the lips of a well contented Ber Navin, who ran her race in a time of 1:38:18.

▪A debut run in the colours of Ballymore Cobh A.C., supplemented with a very tidy time of 1:24:29 – fáilte romhat, John O’Reilly.

▪”‘Twas a struggle, but delighted to have gotten it done.”
A 1:30:50 finish for Karen Geasley.
Some races can hit us much harder than others, but the number one objective is to cross that finish line and that she did in a time some of us would kill for. Well, maim anyway!

▪ She’s starting to turn heads, this one.
“I was thrilled with a sub 83 min time, [1:22:57] as this was my first 10 mile race.
Thank God I didn’t pull out of the race, which was a near-certain option during the week due to a cold/flu.
I can confirm that a 10 mile race is a good way to clear the airways!
The last 2 miles were mentally tough, but all worth it.
An excellent club spirit abounded on the day.”
The discourse we had with a buzzing Margaret O’Regan.

▪”Finished ahead of my target time, so I’m pretty happy with that.”
Flapping his gums was a very happy Shane Meyler with a 1:06:18 finish and a personal best, too.

▪5th place Male O/55 was the ever improving Danny Crowley 1:10:19 with a personal best thrown in for good measure.

▪2nd place Female O/50 and 15th placed female overall was the superb Orla O’Rourke 1:07:40

▪The John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Team results, were category winners are eliminated for team scoring, are as follows:

Ballymore Cobh A.C. 18th out of 53 teams.

Lynne Doherty 118th
Angela McCall 194th
Marie Hogan 200th

Ballymore Cobh A.C. 28th out of 57 teams.

Trevor Cummins 132nd
Stephen Pender 229th
Shane Meyler 246th

▪The John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Cup results, were all athletes score, regardless if they already had won an age category prize, are as follows:

Ballymore Cobh A.C. 10th out of 55 teams, with an accumulated time of 3:47:52.

Orla O’Rourke 1:07:46 (15th Cat.)
Lynne Doherty 1:18:01 (118th Cat.)
Angela McCall 1:22:05 (194th Cat.)

MALE: Ballymore Cobh A.C. 29th out of 57 teams, with an accumulated time of 3:14:20.

Trevor Cummins 1:02:23 (132nd Cat.)
Stephen Pender 1:05:32 (229th Cat.)
Shane Meyler 1:06:25 (246th Cat.)

▪There were a whopping 49 athletes who registered under Ballymore Cobh A.C. that ran the race. Follow the link below for more details on the results.

Sunday’s race was possibly the largest number of athletes we’ve had at a single race in recent years, (disregarding the Cork City Marathon event, which accounts for 3 seperate races on one day).

Given the not inconsiderable race distance of 10 miles, which certainly doesn’t appeal to all, irrespective of their athletic ability or experience, it’s testament to the will and determination of many members within the club that they stuck to it and we, as a club, came forth in such huge numbers to run together and represent the club as one entity, in effect.
We urge all to continue in this vein as we continue making positive strides into 2018.

Kudos to West Waterford Athletics Club for, year after year, laying on a seamlessly efficient road race, with undoubtedly numerous obstacles to overcome in the background, yet coming up trumps yet again, and making a Mount Everest-like task the norm.

Next stop, the Sonia O’Sullivan Cobh 10 Mile Race on Sunday 29th of April!