Great performances at the Poulmucka 8K

This very popular race was back on the athletic calendar again last Friday night where warm sunny weather greeted the athletes as they descended on the village. Once again it was great to see so many club members taking part as we get use to these races back on the circuit again. Indeed, the social aspect of the event was just brilliant, no doubt aided by the wonderful postrace refreshments afterwards which left no scone unturned.

The race itself saw 37 members competing on what was an ideal night for running and as such we saw some great performances. None more so that Nigel O Flaherty who ran a very good race when finishing 3rd in 28 mins 59 secs. Then we had Kealey Tideswell also running a great race to win the women’s race very convincingly in a very good time of 29 mins 11 secs. Just 24 hours earlier she ran a brilliant race in the Cheetah 5K when finishing 3rd woman in 18 mins 24 secs. It is great to see Kealey back running very well again. Then we had Donal Ryan also running very well when finishing 11th in 31mins 58 secs with Eelco Beckers hot on his heels and winning the over 40 award in a very good time of 32 mins 6 secs, which I would say is a PB for Eelco over this distance. Then we had Suzanne Shine showing that her training is going very well at the moment when finishing 2nd woman in a very good time of 32 mins 17 secs. We also had good performances from Peter Kiley 15th 32:25, Eddy O Donoghue 18th 32:53, Anthony Power winning the over 60 award impressively in a very good time of 33:05, Trevor Whelan 20th 33:20, Sean O Dea 22nd 33:34, Aisling English 24th 33:39, Anne Marie Halpin was an impressive winning of the over 45 award in 33:56, Niall O Ceallaigh on home ground ran very well when finishing in 34:18, Barry Horgan 28th 34:22, James Denn 29th 34:41, David Lorigan 36th 36:15, Nicola Maunsell was an impressive winner of the over 50 award in 36:16, Jennifer Quinlan 42nd 37:05, Kate Wall 43rd 37:12, Marian Flaherty 45th 37:18, Michael Ryan 46th 37:50, Eamonn English 52nd 38:21, Marina Quinlan 54th 38:44, Michael Doocey 556th 38:55, Brid Hearne 58th 39 mins, Rebecca Doocey 61st 39:18, Vasiliy Neumerzhitskiy 75th 40:44, Ann Marie Davis 77th 41 mins, Helen O Ceallaigh, in charge of the postrace refreshments also found time to run very well when finishing 81st 41:53, Ciara Meehan also ran very well and great to see her back running again after her recent injury when finishing 83rd in 42:13, Denise Donnelly 85th 42:22, Noel Howley another man with local knowledge also ran well in front of the home crowd when finishing 89th in 42:57, Sinead Kennedy 91st 43:04, Mellissa McCarthy 94th 43:56, Carmel Delaney 110th in 48:32, Aoife McGrath 115th 49:56 and Cathy Mansfield 116th in 51:29.