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.
The following are some other races recommenced for Blackrock A.C. members:
|14th November 2021||Tallaght 5k (Dublin Novice championship event)||Website|
|19th & 20th November 2021||Mountain Trail Running Festival – various trail runs, 10k to 100k (!)||Website|
|20th November 2021||Run The Line (13k and 26k mountain run, Glencullen)||Website|
|27th November 2021||Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon (Half and Full)||Website|
|27th November 2021||Clontarf 5 mile and Half Marathon – SOLD OUT||Website|
|4th December 2021||Jingle Bells||Website|
|9th January 2022||Dublin Masters Cross Country, location TBC||TBC|
|15th January 2022||World Half Marathon Festival||Website|
|30th January 2022||Raheny 5 Mile||Website|
|6th February 2022||Trim 10 Mile||Website|
|12th February 2022||Donadea 50k (back in the forest!) – nearly sold out||Website|
|20th February 2022||Seville marathon||Website|
|13th March 2021||Bohermeen Half Marathon||Website|
|24th April 2022||Connemarathon 2022||Website|
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 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.