Sadly on Wednesday evening we had to change the relay stage of the Burma Challenge to a 1km time trial. But what a night we had on Thursday night. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer evening for running. The yellow cones lined the track and the green and gold flags were flying on the home straight. The change of format included a 1km (2 1/2 laps of the track) time trial. All teams had one runner in each race, with all of the 1k times being added together at the end to get the final team standings for this years edition of the Burma Challenge. Every second counted.
First up were group one. This group were closely packed together for the first two laps of the race, until Anita Esmonde made the decisive move with 200m to go to win the first time trial in a time of 5.04, followed closely by Mary Costigan in 5.06, 3rd across the line was Susan Ryan in 5.10, followed by Noelle Dempsey in 5.14 and Martina Ryan in 5.15. Next across the line was Eileen Hackett in a time of 5.20. Eva Ryan was next home in 5.22, followed by Eibhlis Purcell in 6.54. Great running from the ladies in group one.
Next up were group two. PJ Gleeson set the pace from the start, building up a considerable gap to the rest of the pack. PJ continued to push hard throughout the 2 1/2 laps to finish in a time of 4.05. Next home in a tight battle to the line was Marion Jones in 4.31 who made great head way on the final lap, followed by Sharon Kiely in 4.32. Mindy Doyle was next across the line in 4.44, for fourth place. There was a close battle for 5th place, with Dominic Everard getting to the line first in a time of 4.52, followed closely by Ann Marie Costigan in 4.54 to take 6th place in race two. Olivia Coughlan was next across the line in 4.57 in 7th, followed by Eilis Doyle in 8th with a time of 5.07. 9th place went to Teresa Everard in 5.09, followed by Nicky Maddock in 10th with 5.11 and Margie Ryan in 11th with 5.14.
Group three were up next. Once again in this time trial we saw someone set the pace from the whistle and lead it from the front and all the way across the line. This person was Jim Cummins who finished with an impressive time of 3.42. 2nd place in this group was Tom Nolan with 3.56, followed by Ashley Cummins in 3rd place with a time of 4.05. 4th went to Caroline Fogarty in 4.07, just edging out Ciara Burke in the last lap. Ciara finished just behind in 5th in 4.10. Martin Kiely was next across the line in 4.28, with Katie Chapple following closely bending in 4.31. Marion Hughes was next to complete the 1k time trial in a time of 5.20, followed by Helena Mawe in 5.24.
Group four were the next group to take to the track. It was great to see Nathan Bowe making a return to running last night where he led this group from the bell. Nathan finished strongly in a time of 3.18. 2nd place went to Frank Doyle who was shown huge progress over the course of the Burma Challenge. Sean Hughes was 3rd across the line with 3.35. Edel Delaney was 1 second behind with 3.36 to take 4th. Donnacha Ryan was a further one second behind in 3.37 for 5th, followed by Henry Cummins another one second behind in 3.38 to take 6th place. A great finish. Roisin Daly was next home in 7th in 3.53 followed by Lisa Quinlan for 8th in 4.03 and Cora Doyle for 9th in 4.12.
Finally it was the time of group five. Jake Bowe took to the front from the whistle to take the win in convincing fashion in a time of 2.55, which was the fastest time of the night. Well done Jake. Jake’s father Patrick was next across the line in an impressive time of 3.10, followed closely by Ciara Cummins, the fastest lady of the evening in 3.11. Sharon Cantwell was next across the line in 3.16, for fourth, followed by Mick O Donovan in fifth with 3.19. 6th place went to John Renehan in 3.20, followed by Brian Langian in 7th with 3.24. Philip Mc Bane was 8th with 3.28 and Richie Daly was 9th with 3.29.
Once all of the races were complete everyone made their way down to the club house to get some well deserved refreshments from Naoimis Cafe. A massive thanks must go to Eileen and Kathleen for setting up and serving the teas and coffees over the past four weeks.
Once everyone had a chance to get a cup of tea and a few buns it was time to move into the hall for the presentation. First up were a number of spot prizes to be won. Elaine drew the winners from a random name generator. Congrats to all that won a prize.
As the teas and coffees were being drank John, Paddy and Elaine were busy totting up the final standings for this years Burma Challenge.
The final results were as follows.
1st Killoran 270.04
2nd Longorchard 278.49
3rd Rahealty 280.25
4th Boulabeha 281.42
5th Moynetemple 284.21
6th Castletown 284.21
7th Derryfadda 287.36
8th Lisheen 289.28
9th Manselstown 289.40
10th Moyneard 291.19
11th Cooleeney 296.09
Everyone was presented with a beautiful medal for their efforts over the past four weeks and the top three teams were presented with trophies.
The final presentation of the night was to the person that guessed the closest winning team time. Noelle Dempsey guessed a time of 270 minutes, just 4 seconds off of the winning time of 270.4 of team Killoran. Well done to Noelle, who won a voucher for Mitchell House restaurant in Thurles.
Thanks to Billy Loughnane for his great photos from the night. Thanks to John for compiling all of the scores and results over the last few weeks. Thanks to all that volunteered and helped organise the challenge over the past four weeks. Thanks to those who helped packing up last night. Thanks to the subs that filled in on the final night also.
Finally we would like to thank all that competed, for their dedication, commitment and effort the past few weeks. There was such a great atmosphere on the track over the last few Thursday nights in particular on the final night. We hope you all enjoyed.
For anyone that would like to continue their running in a group setting, Fit 4 Life continues each Monday on the track at 6:30. Contact the page for more information. All abilities are welcome.
See you all for next years addition of the Burma Challenge.

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