Blackrock A.C. Fit4Life celebrate one year of running

August 2014 Update – Fit4life celebrate one year of running! (Report by Gerry Flaherty)

Blackrock A.C. Fit4Life goes from strength to strength after one year of walking, jogging and running.  From one evening a week at the start in July 2013, the group now trains 3 times a week with almost 60 members now in the group. To celebrate the one-year, a number of the group stopped for an enjoyable ice cream in Teddy’s as part of a recent 7mile evening run. We also marked the milestone with a special Fit4life cake and some drinks in the nearby Dark Horse.

The group can be now spotted around the roads of Blackrock in new orange technical training tops. Despite the summer holidays – such is the motivation within the group that they took the decision to continue training over the summer. The dedication and commitment is certainly paying off with great results and lots distances being covered and many PBs coming in each week!

Among the results by members in July and early August are the following:

Marley Parkrun August 16th – Fit4Life Group Run – The regular group target runs/races are always special and the group run in Marley on August 16th was significant for many reasons. Well done to new member Jennifer who recently had a new arrival and with all her supporters she was cheered for her first 5k with a great big smile on her face. Well done too to Mairead and Emer on their PBs and to all Blackrock AC Athletes who took part in the Marlay Parkrun:

Gerry Flaherty 19.30, Tommy O Brien 20.43, Michael O Brien 22.17, Sarah Flaherty (Age 11) 23.08, Marie Therese McCoy 23.19, Patricia Forde 24.03, Mairead Cullen 26.23 (pb), Lynda Costello 26.35, Ciara O Shea, 26.43, Emer Kelly 30.09 (pb), Steven Flaherty 30.20 (Age 9), Carmel Brennan 30.24, Jennifer Connolly 33.27, Emma O Brien (JW 11-14) 35.23, Robyn O Brien (JW 11-14) 39.27. Well done also 11 year old Sarah Flaherty who finished her 10th Marley Parkrun, Parkrun milestone.

Marlay Parkrun August 9th – Ciara O’Dwyer 30-43

Bay 10km August 4th – Dervla Batt 49-48 (pb), Maire Kelly 1-01-28 (pb)

Swinford August 2nd 8km – Gerry Flaherty 31-51 (5th overall), 2km Sarah Flaherty 3rd U12 Girl, Steven Flaherty 20th

Marlay Parkrun August 2nd – Dervla Batt 24-28, Ciara O’Dwyer 30-51

BHAA Fire Brigade 5km July 27th – Gerry Flaherty 19-32 (1st Team Grade B)

Marlay Parkrun July 26th –  Sarah Flaherty (age 11) 23-19, Gerry Flaherty 23-20, Lina Kyne (age 12) 23-42, Dervla Batt 24-23, Marie Therese McCoy 24-32, Eithne Linnane 27-42, Ciara O’Dwyer, 30-03 (pb), Carmel Brennan 30-09, Steven Flaherty (age 8) 30-09(pb), Stephanie McDonald 30-54, Emer Kelly 30-55 (pb), Kathleen Wolfe 45-01

Fingal 10km July 20th – Patricia Forde 52-35

Clontarf Half Marathon July 5th – Catherine Galvin 1:53:47, Lynda Jones 1:56:41 (pb), Nicholas Johnson 2:08:31 (pb)

Waterford Marathon June 28th– Catherine Galvin 3:57:51 (5th O35 & pb)

Marlay Parkrun June 28th – Dervla Batt 24-50, Lynda Jones 24-51, Niamh Bolger 25-41 (Marlay pb)

BHAA 5km Irish Prison Services Trail Race – Gerry Flaherty 19-46 (2nd Team Grade A)

Dunshaughlin 10km– Gerry Flaherty 39-15, Patricia Forde 50-56 (pb), Dervla Batt 51-59 (pb)

Training continues Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and Sunday at 11am and all abilities are catered for from total beginners to those who run regularly.

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