The fourth and final evening of the 2012 Burma Challenge took place from Moyne Sportsfield on Friday last in tropical weather conditions.  With the very successful cycle round the week before there were many changes on the leader-board.  Starting the final evening, it was back to walking, jogging and running again and believes you me this was a very fit group of men and women with 50 of those taking part now going around the Burma in under 50 mins and 23 are tipping around under 25mins.  The purpose of the Burma Challenge, started 9 years ago, was to get as many people from around the parish out exercising, enjoying the craic and the social interaction not to mention the benefit to their health and wellbeing and going on this year’s event and times this aim has been achieved.  We hope that all these people will keep continuing to build on what we have achieved over that few months, by taking part in upcoming events such as the Thurles 7K on June 21st, Dundrum 10K on July 4th, On July 20th there is 10k to raise badly needed funds for the Hospital of the Assumption in Thurles.  In August there is a 7k in Two Mile Borris, which should have everyone well prepared for the Mini Marathon in Thurles in September.

Last year it was a lady who broke the time barrier, this year Liam Kelly celebrated his birthday in style with a fantastic run in a new course record in 16.59.  Again the leader board changed and the final results were as follows:  In 12th place was Manselstown on 351.17, 11Th Rahealty 348.15, 10th Kylemakill 347.54, 9thBallyerk 347.15, 8th Moynetemple 345.10, 7th Boulabeha 342.40, 6th Lisheen 339.02, 5th Cooleeney 337.16, 4thLongorchard 336.53 3rd Killoran 332.41.   After leading from the start Moyne dropped to second on 330.37.   Moving from 6th to 2nd after the cycle round Moyneard pulled out all the stops on Friday night to finish 1st  in 320.32 and the winning team members were Declan Leahy , Jim Cummins, Carmel Alexander, Tom Alexander and Ray Power. 

In the family challenge we had 9 taking part with Ray and Liz Power on 1.53.18 winning for fourth year in a row, 2nd John and Esther Hogan 1.54.43, 3rd Jim and Jennifer Cummins 2.10.49, 4th Tom and Bernie McGrath 2.13.57, 5th Richard & Catriona Daly 2.17.52, 6th Kieran & Catherine Britton 2.20.30, 7th Tony Gleeson & Mairead O’Dwyer 2.26.59, 8th Billy and Avril Treacy 2.47.30 and 9th Tom & Carmel Alexander 2.48.00.

 Our pick the winning time winners were 1st Jim Cummins (Gym Membership) 2nd Billy Treacy (Sunday Lunch for 2). Well done Lads. 

Moyne AC would like to thank all those who took part as they were all winners over the last four weeks.  Also to those who made the cups of tea and biscuits at end of each evening and to Thomas Flynn, Billy Dunne and PJ Ryan who looked after the safety of the 60+ people on the road over the 4 nights.  Our thanks also to the people who gave spot prizes and those who kept the results up to date and also a special word of thanks to all those who brought cakes and buns on the final night – we even hadBurmastamped buns.

 In 2013 the Burma Challenge will be Celebrating its 10th  Birthday so keep up the good work and be sure and join us for 2013 and bring a friend  – the more the merrier . 

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