January '24 Round Up

January 1, 2024

3 club members started 2024 with the not so enviable task of the first IMRA race of the year.

No lay ins on January first as they headed for Bweeng in North Cork for the midday start.

A mere 300metres of altitude gained over the 10k distance with 2 notable climbs in Stairway to Heaven being the first hurdle to overcome which was no more than a deer track followed by Shiddy Hill, a mixture of track, trail and fire road. Mud to mid shin on some parts of the course it was both exilerating and exhausting in equal parts.

A super days racing and a super spread provided in the local Heritage centre.

Onward and literally upwards to the next event in a couple of weeks time, the daunting Corrin Hill in Fermoy.

January 3, 2024

So we’re going to run a Couch to 5k.

We will offer two “trained” sessions and you’ll have to do one by yourself.

The trained sessions will be Monday morning and Thursday mornings at 9:30am.

The two sessions will be run from the athletic club.

There will be a requirement to join the club after 2 weeks and you will then be a member of AAI and be insured to run on the track, on the road and to run the races if you want to.

So anyone with any New Year’s resolutions and wanting to get moving come along next Monday morning

January 7, 2024

Kudos to the 3 brave souls who made their way to the BHAA ESB Cross Country 5km on Sunday 07/01 on a cold and frosty morning..

Well done to George Bulman who came 3rd M65 and Eddie & Celia for getting the job done. Great running folks 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️

January 13, 2024

Best of luck to Avril Millerick who represents the women’s U20 Irish team in the Celtic International Cross Country Championship today. 

January 14, 2024

Well done to @fearghalcurtin on his performance today at the Houston Half Marathon, coming 10th overall and first in his age category. A shiny new PB time of 1:01:44 - mighty impressive 

Well done to the terrific 3 who took on Corrin Hill for Round 2 of the IMRA Munster League on Sunday morning 14/01.. Below is one survivor’s race analysis although the 2 O’ Regan’s looked like they loved it

When the race director in his pre-race announcements takes 3 minutes to explain the twists and turns of the course and describes how the finish has changed to 250 metres uphill from previous years being downhill you know your in for a tough day. Throw in Hills with names such as “The ski slope” and the challenge becomes all the greater.

That’s Irish Mounting Running in a nutshell.

Corrin Hill in Fermoy was the venue for round two of the Munster League and on this occasion the hill very much won for this participant.

A lovely downhill start greeted Eddie, Celia and David representing Youghal AC heading out on the 9.7km route that brought runners up passed the Cross at the summit 3 times. A mixture of Fireroad, single track and deer paths through the trees finally led to the 250m uphill finish. A painful crawl with the preverbial legs moving but not going anywhere.

Sounds like a very enjoyable experience altogether so bring on Round 3

Congratulations to our members @avrilmillerick and Keith Kelly who won monthly sports star awards at the recent awards night held at @hennessys_bar . Mom Ruth picked up Avril’s August award and Keith won the October award. Well done to both athletes on a great 2023. Roll on 2024 

Weekend Update 21st January ‘24

Well done to the 11 Youghal AC warriors who braved the elements this morning at the Cloyne Commons 4k. Storm Isha was making its presence felt with wet and windy conditions, but it didn’t stop these hardened athletes. There was 158 runners in total and well done to Keith Kelly on yet another podium finish, in 3rd place overall.

3 Keith Kelly 13:38

46 Des O’ Halloran 18:58

56 Dave McCarthy 19:24

57 Michael McMahon 19:25

58 Ciaran Coleman 19:28

59 George Bulman 19:38

68 Maurice O’ Mahony 20:03

78 Martina Lander 20:05

80 Donal Sheehan 20:09

88 Marie O’ Rourke 21:31

91 Fiona McMahon 21:48

Eddie (23:54) and Celia O’ Regan (28:48) made the journey to Little Island for the BHAA IFF 5k, a romantic morning away running – what more could a lady ask for . I hope they were still talking to each other on the way home in the car

Well done also to our members who took part in ParkRun #95 at Pobalscoil Na Trionoide, and to those out doing their doing their long runs in preparation for John Treacy in 2 week’s time. Keep up the good work

Time to batten down the hatches now, before the storm hits later this afternoon.