The B.C.A.C. Report

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The thrills and spills never stop here at Ballymore Cobh Towers.

We’ve got the latest for you, straight from our newsdesk:

• Monday 7th of May

With the sun beating hard on the baking Buckinghamshire land below, the near-tropical 29° Celsius heat would make one reconsider a walk to the shops in that weather, let alone running a marathon in it.

What conditions then, for the MK Marathon held in Milton Keynes in the English Midlands!

Her youthful looks belie her oodles of experience and know-how when it comes to running 26.2 miles, so it was no surprise that Orla O’Rourke slipped almost effortlessly into race mode with a customary steadfast performance, gratefully aided and abetted by numerous stewards and onlookers with water sprays, water guns and hoses, crossing the finish line alongside her sister, Kathryn, in the fine surrounds of the MK Dons Stadium.
Another belter of a run from this lady.

• Friday 11th of May

Indigenous Déise girl, Kate Kennedy, drove home to the historic Ardmore, the alluring village where she was nourished and nurtured and location for the 23rd Annual An Tobar Ardmore 5 Mile, hosted by West Waterford A.C.

“A nice flat course and perfect weather conditions”, alongside “finally learning to pace myself in a race”, led our Kate to a brand spanking new personal best (pb) of 39:59.

She’d been aiming to break the 40 minute barrier for quite a while now and we’re absolutely delighted she’s achieved her target, a testament to her putting in the time and much endeavour over recent weeks.

• Saturday 12th of May

He’s been dragging a non-compliant calf around with him of late, training up to a less than ideal 15 miles in the lead up to race day, but when he says he’s gong to do something, this guy goes and does it, no questions asked.

Accompanying the 4 hour pacers around the Lakes of Killarney Marathon, Mick Daly, (pictured here many moons ago in his Cork hurling days, (sorry ladies – he’s not one for posing for the camera)), had a quiet word with the afformentioned calf before tearing off at mile 23 to come home with plenty to spare around the 3:56 mark.

Another marathon chalked down on his march to hit a grand total of 30 by end of year.

Same race, same day…

It’s faster and faster this guy’s getting.

“A lovely route taking in the wonderful lakes of Killarney in some lovely sunshine. I’ll definitely go back and do it again.”
The words of an elated Tom O’Riordan.

A superb pb of 3:24 from this gentleman.

Athough we’re thinking of renaming him ‘Wrong Way O’Riordan’, after Tom took a wrong turn through the Killarney National Park where the marathon was being held, loosing a couple of minutes of time before righting himself again!

Fabulous efforts from all of the above Ballymore Cobh runners – we salute you, guys.