The weather is getting (slightly) better, the evenings brighter and the runs that small bit longer. We are delighted to share our May Highlights 2022 as it was another good month for the club and its members.
Highlight of the Month: 80 Marathons for Blackrock A.C. member Bryan Sheils
Unbelievable, but true. Blackrock A.C. member Bryan completed his 80th Marathon in Howth this month. To celebrate Bryan wrote a short race report for us and reflected on his latest milestone run:
‘I was delighted to be able to run my 80th marathon in Howth last Saturday. The 4 laps with rolling hills whilst challenging reward you with spectacular views across Dublin bay after reaching Howth summit (taking in Blackrock and Dun Laoghaire at the same time). It always is a great lift when you get a “Go Blackrock” shout out from passing cyclists who have ventured over from the Southside…and of course our own Gerry Flaherty and Charlene who, after completing the Half Marathon, stopped to give me every runners best friend – “salt tablets”. I always remember some marathon runners who l ran with around Howth and that are no longer with us, notably the great Paddy Hooper, Olympian and Raheny 5 race director. As Thin Lizzy is always on my playlist on the last lap l dropped into St Fintan’s cemetery to visit the grave of Phil Lynott, my boyhood music hero, and topped up the water bottle from the graveyard tap!!’
Limerick Half Marathon
Gerry, James and Tiernan took part in the Limerick Marathon, kicking of May with some fantastic times.
1st May 2022
Great Birmingham Run
Some fine running by Paul Hunt who did a 01:24:00 Half Marathon in Birmingham.
1st May 2022
Michelle Langan ran her personal best at the Belfast marathon with a finishing time of 3:42:01 – congratulations!
7th May 2022
Dingle Half Marathon
Congratulations to Johnny who is back in the running game with a fantastic time at a hilly Dingle Half Marathon in 1:43:00.
8th May 2022
Wexford Running Festival
Some members attended the Wexford Festival of Running. David Graham and Mark Kilcoyne came 2nd and 3rd in the 3-hour challenge, with Michelle Langan coming third in the 1-hour challenge. Well done to everybody who took part.
14th May 2022
Wicklow Way Relay
Congratulations to Rob, Ted, John, Helen, David, Paul, Eoghan and Georgina who tackled 104km along the Wicklow Way Relay and thanks to our volunteer of the day, James.
Barrow Line 30 Mile Race
A number of Blackrock A.C. runners entered the Barrow Line 30 mile race on Saturday, 21st May 2022. Valeria Sofia took part in her first ever ultramarathon (50.5km from Tullamore to Robertstown) and we were delighted to hear she was second lady overall. Following another recent win, Ted Burke was the first male overall in 4.10, a wonderful achievement. James Dowling also ran well in his latest ultramarathon, a few weeks after the Limerick marathon. Thanks also to Pat, who was great support and cameraman on the day.
21st May 2022
Seven Sisters Skyline Ultra
Eoghan Hughes ran the Seven Sisters 55km Ultra, ascending 4,000 meters in the process. Eoghan told us “the elevation was brutal, it felt like the whole thing was uphill and the Miners Path was almost scary, you wouldn’t want to be afraid of heights.”
28th May 2022
Dublin Children’s Games
Blackrock A.C. young athletes enjoyed the sunshine and medal success at the Dublin Team competition (Children’s Games) with a large group of under 9s to under 11s in action. Full story here.
28th May 2022
Three club runners took part in the East of Ireland Howth Half and Full Marathon. Congratulation to Charlene who was first lady home in a fast 1:46:00 with Gerry coming 6th in a similar time in the half and to Bryan for completing his 80th Marathon.
28th May 2022
U20 Leinster champion
We would like to give a huge shoutout to junior athlete Killian who ran a superb 100-meter sprint on 28th May and is now the U20 Leinster champion. Killian ran a PB of 10.98, knocking .8 of a second off his previous.
Thanks to everyone who volunteered at Parkrun in May – it is a pleasure to join every Saturday and we had lots of fantastic runs and several PB’s by members this month.
Blackrock Athletic Club Sports Day 2022
Open to Friends, Family and athletes from Cabinteely Athletic Club, Blackrock A.C. is delighted to announce the return of our annual Sports Day this June. Full details and registration are available HERE.
Thank You to Outgoing Chairperson Barry Thornton
Recently Barry Thornton finished his tenure as Chairperson of Blackrock A.C. and as a club, we are very grateful for the brilliant work he has carried out over the past four years. Some of our members have shared their memories HERE.