March was another great month of running activities. It really is great to see things return to normal!
Return of Blackrock A.C. Quiz
Blackrock A.C. Quiz Night returned last on 4 March and just over 100 members and friends attended. The event helped raise €4,500 for the club abd a special thanks to our main sponsors AON and Dental Medical Ireland as well as the many local businesses who donated prizes also. More on them can be found here.
Various Races and Events
Blackrock A.C. Men’s Captain Rob Asher has been training hard of late and got a new PB of 18:32 in Cabinteely Parkrun. Certainly not for the fainthearted, well done Rob.
Congratulations to Hugh Hunt who was the first male home at the Sandymount 5k in 17:56. A fine run, with many pointing out it was his warm-up for the Club 5 (registration open) later this month.
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Run For Ukraine
There was amazing support this month from Blackrock A.C. in support of Ukraine’s humanitarian efforts. We would like to say a special thanks to everybody who took part in the run of some 3,029km. The total raised was €12,995 at the time with donations still open. More information can be seen here. A note also that non-perishable items are still been collected by Blackrock A.C. man Igor up until 10th of April. More details can be found here.
Results are in, with almost €13,000 raised so far, #BlackrockAC would like to say a special thanks to all members and friends for their individual and collective efforts to run the distance to Kyiv raising much-needed humanitarian funds for Ukraine. https://t.co/UBpqdzSqLP pic.twitter.com/FNalHp7QPc
— Blackrock A.C. (@Blackrock_AC) March 30, 2022
Blackrock A.C. Younger Athletes Performing Strong
Holly was selected to represent Ireland (for the second time this season) on the Schools International Team and traveled to Wales.
Some amazing runs at the national Indoors recently. Below is a video of the U18 team who picked up a gold in Athlone. Incredible performance. The U17s got a bronze on the day too. Check our socials for more.
Another amazing run from #BlackrockAC U18 team who have just picked up a gold in Athlone. Incredible performance. 👏 pic.twitter.com/osCMQYmLpe
— Blackrock A.C. (@Blackrock_AC) April 2, 2022
Bohermeen Half Marathon 2022
The annual Bohermeen A.C. Half Marathon took place on Sunday, 13 March 2022 at 11am. Among the 1400 participants were 30 from Blackrock A.C. We had some fabulous runs on the day on a tricky hilly course with a strong wind on parts of the route. A number of people got their best ever times with the results listed below.
There were no finish line potatoes this year but the banter and craic before and after made for an enjoyable day for everyone even though some members’ vehicles had to be towed from the muddy field by a tractor! The ladies team came 14th overall and the Men’s team were also 14th in one of the most competitive half marathon races for a number of years. Well done everyone.
|1 Rob ASHER 01:22:59 (pb) MS
2 Ted BURKE 01:24:25 M45
3 Owen KELLY 01:26:43 M40
4 Miguel FLORES 01:27:56 M45
5 Mark COUGHLAN 01:29:07 MS
6 Ger O’TOOLE 01:29:38 M50
7 Mark KILCOYNE 01:30:42 MS
8 Michelle LANGAN 01:38:05 F45
9 David MARTIN 01:39:13 M50
10 Ronan O’NEILL 01:39:38 M55
11 Joe DUIGNAN 01:41:46 (pb) M45
12 Charlene CARTY 01:44:08 F40
13 Patricia O’NEILL 01:46:26 (pb) F45
14 Pat O’BRIEN 01:46:28 (pb) M55
15 Gerry FLAHERTY 01:46:28 M50
|16 James CURRAN 01:47:32 M50
17 Valeria SOFIA 01:47:40 (pb) F40
18 Niall BROWNE 01:49:06 (pb) M50
19 Peter STAUNTON 01:49:14 M50
20 Breda O’KEEFFE 01:50:58 F55
21 Melanie PAPE 01:51:58 FS
22 Eva FAIRMANER 01:51:57 F50
23 Johnny SHEEHAN 01:52:42 F50
24 Caimin BROWNE 01:54:09 (pb) MS
25 Emily LYONS 01:56:22 F45
26 Leo WELDON 01:58:13 M40
27 Fiona O’RIAIN 01:58:57 F50
28 Jennifer FLYNN 02:05:02 F40
29 Janel GLEICH 02:05:31 (pb) F45
30 Sarah CONROY 02:36:54 (pb) F45
Eoin Keith Interview
Blackrock A.C. Caught up with Irish Ultrarunner Eoin Keith. The full interview, including video and Soundcloud links, can be found here.
Well done also to Eoghan Hughes who completed the Maurice Mullins 50k Ultra recently. A week later, he came 2nd in the Tinahely race. Incredible stuff.
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