Blackrock A.C. Racing On A Cold Winter’s Morning – Weekly Round-Up

Blackrock A.C. Racing On A Cold Winter’s Morning – Weekly Round-Up

Blackrock A.C. members were racing on a cold winter’s morning in Clontarf, Clonakilty and Lusk, bracing icy winds and having the time of their lives.

Clontarf Half Marathon and 8km

The Clontarf 8km and Half Marathon took place on Saturday, 27th November 2021. Apart from Parkruns, this was the first live race for many of our members for quite some time. Among the over 2000 participants in Clontarf were 24 members from Blackrock A.C.

Carmel and Lorna both had good runs in the 8km. New member Fergus Collis was the first club member home in the Half Marathon in a fast 1.19.40. Among the notable performances were Grainne who was first in her age group, Monica who ran a sub 2 in her first Half Marathon with excellent pacing by Gerry and Caimin and Valeria who both ran PB’s.


Fergus Collins1.19.40 pb
Colm Cunningham1.21.37
Ted Burke1.23.41
Daniel Mourenza1.29.09
Miguel Flores1.31.27
Darren Keane1.31.40
Seamus MacGiolla Phádraig1.43.22
Grainne Grennan1.42.59 1st O60
Charlene Carty1.43.37
Jamie Kennedy1.43.39
Arik Warshager1.47.59
Valeria Sofia1.48.49 pb
Dermot Hughes1.49.24
Patricia Forde1.52.09
Arlene UiChonghaile1.54.17
Karen McGeough1.55.00
Peter Hogan1.56.59
Monica Keane1.58.43 pb
Gerry Flaherty1.58.43
Caimin Browne2.03.02 pb
Aideen Sheehan2.10.13
Sarah Conroy2.43.55
Carmel Brennan (8km)42.32
Lorna Corr (8km)47.03

Clonakilty Half Marathon

Well done to Melanie and Mark who took part in the Clonakilty Half Marathon on 27th November, Melanie achieving a PB.

Melanie1:46:25 (PB)

Space Coast Marathon and EOI Lusk

Congratulations to Pat O’Brien who ran a fantastic PB at the Space Coast Marathon in Cocoa Beach Florida (3:48:59) beating the time of his first ever (virtual) marathon by nearly 20 minutes!!

Congratulations also to Bryan Shields for completing another marathon with EOI Lusk on Saturday in 4:56:46.3.

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:

4th December 2021BAC Cabinteely Parkrun TakeoverWebsite
4th December 2021Jingle BellsWebsite
27th December 2021Rory Byrne Memorial runTBC
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

An important part of every runner’s training is rest. Running a short distance at a slow pace would qualify as rest. A day where you cross-trained by swimming or cycling also might qualify as rest. But sometimes active rest is not enough; you need to take a day off when you do not run or do much of anything. Although I promote consistency as critical to success, there are times when you simply have to kick back and do nothing. And I mean nothing! Take a week off. Take a couple of weeks off. Yes, you will lose some fitness, but you will more than make up for it if you return to training refreshed and ready to run hard again. Rest is often best!

Hal Higdom

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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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