Moyne AC 10k Mini-Marathon Fun Run/Walk – 7th June 2010
Not since the early 1980’s when Moyne Athletic Club staged the very successful “Metabolic 10k” Road Race has there been such activity in and around Moyne. Monday 7th June saw the return of athletes, joggers, fun runners and walkers to Moyne Sportsfield for the resumption of 10k fun running in the parish.
While the weather did not favour the club it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of over 150 hardy souls who ran, jogged or walked the 10k course with all finishing within 2 hours of the start. Indeed for the 2-hour duration the rain held off and it was ideal conditions for all with Shane Mullaney of Thurles Crokes leading from start to finish to record victory in a time of 33.59. Next home was Donal Keane of Dundrum in a time of 34.58 with team-mate Kevin Moore third in 35.38. Indeed Dundrum athletes also filled the next two finishing places with Martin Keane 4th in 36.10 and Ruradhi Devitt 5th in 37.34. Jim Moloney of Thurles Crokes had a fine run to finish 6th in 39.05 whilst the ageless Matt Alexander of Coolquill finished 7th in 39.44. Tadgh Vaughan, Coolquill finished 8th in 40.27 with the first local athlete Brian Kelly of Templetuohy finishing 9th in 41.29 while former County Cross Country Champion John Hogan of the local Club finished 10th in 42.16.
First home for the ladies was Mary Moloney of Thurles Crokes in a time of 45.24 followed by Edel Leahy of the host club in 46.08 with Carol Neilson also of the host club hot on her heels in 3rd with a time of 46.27. 4th place went to Nora Moloney of Thurles Crokes in 46.32 with Niamh Walsh of Moyne 5th in 48.32. Frances Long of Urlingford and the host club finished 6th in 48.46 with Eileen Carey of Thurles Crokes 7th in 49.27, Emer Kennedy also of Thurles Crokes finished 8th in 49.30 with yet another athletes from Thurles Crokes and County Secretary, Marion Hughes finishing 9th in 49.41. Completing the first ten was Ann Cronin of Carrick on Suir in 50.48.
The spot prizes, drawn at random on the race numbers, were won by the following
Brian Kelly, Kate Butler, Mary Campion, Helen Quinlan (Moyne), Dermot Campion, Lorraine Quinlan, Patricia Loughnane, Helen Quinlan (Cork), Marion Hughes.
The club are to be commended for this successful fun run and for the array of food and post race refreshments provided by the parents and ladies of the club. Also a big thank you to all the stewards, water attendants, results personnel etc for their time and effort on the day and indeed beforehand in the preparation of the route etc. Many thanks also to Billy Purcell and Jim Ryan of Moycarkey-Coolcroo who measured and approved the course to national standards.
All proceeds of this run will be used to provide a top class running surface in the new indoor pavilion currently being built by the club. All those who participated and supported the club on Monday last will have seen how this building is progressing. The club are to be commended on their foresight in providing this facility for their athletes and the wider community.
By Eibhlis Purcell