Blackrock A.C. Keep Pushing For PB’s – Weekly Round-Up

Blackrock A.C. Keep Pushing For PB’s – Weekly Round-Up

Blackrock A.C. keep pushing for PB’s with members completing some great runs over the weekend starting with a number of PBs in Cabinteely Parkrun on Saturday and fantastic times at long races on Sunday.


Ita O’Malley came in at 30:53 and Pat O’Brien in 22:53. Pat was full of praise for Blackrock A.C. member Arik who he said had paced him throughout and at times when Pat felt it was getting too much, had told Arik to go ahead. Arik refused and kept pushing Pat who was rightly delighted he kept going strong and the result which followed. A fine example of the level of support on offer within the club. 

A few first-timers in Cabinteely too, one of whom was Melanie Pape who was first lady home in 23:37. A fine result in what is a challenging course, particularly for first-timers! It remains to be seen if they will come back next week though. Congratulations also to Patricia Forde who was the second lady home in Coole Parkrun Galway in an impressive time of 24:42. 

IMRA Powerscourt Ridge 16k mountain run and Barcelona Marathon

James Curran took part in the IMRA Powerscourt Ridge 16k mountain run, up Maulin, then over and up to the summit of Djouce. Once there a turnabout and back to the start along the Wicklow Way. Results to follow on IMRA’s website.
A special congratulations also to Brian Lenihan, who ran an amazing time of 02:36 for the Barcelona marathon on Sunday. 

Fastlane Half Marathon

Members also took part in the Fastlane Half Marathon, Clondalkin. Owen Kelly was first home for the club in 01:23:35, followed by David Graham in 01:27:32, Eva Fairmaner in 01:53:28, Breda O’Keeffe 01:54:46 and James Dowling in 01:59:48.

Fit4life Virtual Events

Thanks to everyone who took part in the 10km virtual challenge. Following interest from some of the regulars, we will keep it going until the end of November. You can enter your times here each week HERE.

Upcoming Events

The following are some other races recommenced for Blackrock A.C. members:

14th November 2021Tallaght 5k (Dublin Novice championship event)Website
19th & 20th November 2021Mountain Trail Running Festival – various trail runs, 10k to 100k (!)Website
20th November 2021Run The Line (13k and 26k mountain run, Glencullen)Website
27th November 2021Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon (Half and Full) Website
27th November 2021Clontarf 5 mile and Half Marathon – SOLD OUTWebsite
4th December 2021Jingle BellsWebsite
9th January 2022Dublin Masters Cross Country, location TBCTBC
15th January 2022World Half Marathon FestivalWebsite
30th January 2022Raheny 5 MileWebsite
6th February 2022Trim 10 MileWebsite
12th February 2022Donadea 50k (back in the forest!) – nearly sold outWebsite
20th February 2022Seville marathonWebsite
13th March 2021Bohermeen Half MarathonWebsite
24th April 2022Connemarathon 2022Website

Check out our Events or for all races coming up soon.

Blackrock A.C. Tip of the week

Even though your road race of choice has a flat course, hill training can help you as a runner. Hill training will strengthen your quadriceps muscles. Olympic champion Frank Shorter refers to hill training as interval training in disguise. It will make you a better runner. 

Hal Higdon

Training Reminder

Training continues as normal this week and great to see good numbers at each session. Members are required to wear a high viz vest from now on at training.

Anyone who had not completed the Covid-19 survey can do so at the following link (Covid19 form link). If anyone is not feeling well in any way or injured you should not come to training. For those currently on trial, if you want to join the club and become a member you can register now. Membership prices are reduced as it is past August.

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