Blackrock A.C. A Halloween Weekend Well Spent – Weekly Round-Up

Blackrock A.C. A Halloween Weekend Well Spent – Weekly Round-Up

Blackrock A.C. members spent the Halloween weekend running scarily good times at Parkruns and (trick) and treating themselves to some fantastic running achievements.

Congratulations Ted and Parkrun Highlights!

Over the past two years or so, there were a number of cancellations when Ted Burke was due to take on the role of Cabinteely Parkrun Race Director.  Conspiracy theorists have long come to the conclusion that a Parkrun would never happen with him at the helm. The weather was the most likely threat for cancellation in the lead-up to Saturday. Cabinteely Parkrun mega boss Olwyn Dunne even had the Child of Prague to hand – just in case! However, after strong perseverance from Ted, he finally pulled it off on Saturday and did a great job organising volunteers to facilitate 139 participants on what appeared to be a very spooky-looking fun-filled morning!

Johnny Sheehan also volunteered for the 100th time in Cabinteely Parkrun – 101 Parkrun volunteer roles in total, well done Johnny!! Personal bests also for Jason Varley (20:51) and new Blackrock A.C. member Ita (31:16) in Cabinteely, and Ger O’Toole (20:12) in Dulwich Parkrun, London.

What an achievement

Congratulations to Grainne Grennan who was selected for Ireland as part of an international with Northern Ireland following her recent run in the Open Cross Country in Abbottstown. This will take place in Belfast in November, and we wish her the best.

Upcoming Events

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

7th November 2021‘Fastlane’ 10k and Half Marathon, ClondalkinWebsite
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
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 or for other races coming up soon.

Blackrock A.C. Tip of the week

Running easy days after hard training days (tempo runs, long run, race etc.) can help prolong your running career. The last run before and the first run after a long run or a race should be easy. Easy runs should be at talking pace and not necessarily be slow runs. The week after a very long run or a  marathon should always be easy. In addition, unless there is a specific race on the horizon, best to take it easy during November and December to allow the body recover towards the end of the year.  

Gerry Flaherty

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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