Moyne Sportsfield was once again a hive of activity on Christmas morning with the staging of the annual charity mile.  Over 130 people, children and adults alike, enjoyed the festive occasion and the weather played its part being dry and sunny if a little cool.  The recipient this year was “Suir Haven” Cancer Centre, Thurles and a total of €1,286.00 was raised through the generosity of those people who walked, jogged or ran the four laps of the track.  A sincere thank you to each and everyone for your support.      2014_Christmas Morning Charity Mile Results

Approximately half of the 130 ran the mile with timekeepers on hand if required and they were a busy crew with over 50 people anxious to find out what time they could do.  The fastest mile of the day was by Liam Kelly in 5.25. Next senior was Simon Everard who finished in 5.39 with Ciaran Purcell 5.45.  Louis Everard finished in 5.47 while Tommy Moloney finished in 5.49 with Patrick Bowe completing the mile in 5.50.  Richard Daly was just a second behind these with a 5.51 mile while Joe Leahy finished in 5.56.  Aidran McGinley finished in 6.00 flat while Stephen Ryan finished in 6.03.

Top senior lady on the day was Lorraine Healy in 6.25 with her sister Sarah finishing in 6.29.  Deirdre Leane finished in 7.07 while Patricia Ryan ran 7.12 with Aisling Maher stopping the clock at 7.28.  Ber Spillane-Leane finished the mile in 7.37 followed by Cora Doyle in 7.45. Liz Power finished in 7.41 while Catherine Dunne ran 8.10 and Eileen Ryan 8.45.

Best of the juvenile athletes was Jack Hickey in 5.30 followed by Jack Moore in 5.50.  Dylan McLoughlin finished in 5.56 while Sean Moloney ran 5.59. Ciaran Moloney finished in 6.08 with Orla Healy finishing it in 6.12 while Nathan Bowe ran 6.13 and Damien Cantwell 6.18.  Aaron McLoughlin finished in 6.39 with Darragh Taylor just a second behind in 6.40.

While many more completed the mile in less than 10 minutes the above is just a flavour of the top times in each category.  Another thing of note is that the times recorded this year were faster than those recorded last year.  Is there a competitive streak in people??

The success of the event is the support received from everyone and while those timed athletes were mentioned there was an even greater amount of families and individuals walking and enjoying the occasion. The sense of companionship and happiness on the day was evident to see by all who were there with many availing of the time to chat and have a cuppa and long may this continue.   Once again many thanks to all who supported the event.