Club Notes or Weekending 20/12/2020

Cross Country Challenge

The club ran their own cross-country challenge on Sunday with 41 athletes from U/9 to U/17 taking part.  This type of event focuses the mind from a training one to a racing one and is an ideal preparation for competition, which hopefully, in the not too distant future, will see the athletes once again running in championship races.  Many of the athletes on Sunday succeeded in posting faster times than those of a couple of weeks ago which is great to see.  For those who didn’t, that is no reflection on your ability as not every day do you go out and feel the same or the weather is the same or the race is the same.  All these things must be factored in.  The commitment of all the athletes to training and their dedication at training is shining through with some great competitive running on view on Sunday.  Keep it up.  Thanks to the parents for their support and backing for their children. 

Christmas Morning Charity Mile

The club, after much careful consideration, has decided to run the Christmas morning mile again this year.  While it will be very different, due to Covid-19, it was felt that this couple of hours gives everyone a boost and being out an about, even for a short while lifts the spirit.  The time has been extended from 10.30am to 1.00pm, no timing will be in operation, no refreshments will be served, donation bucket will be placed outside, and money can be dropped directly into it.  Those intending to come along are asked to come prepared to run, jog, or walk and once they have completed their four laps to leave as soon as possible afterwards.  Covid-19 regulations regarding hand sanitiser, face masks and social distancing must be followed, and we ask people as well not to congregate.  This year’s charity is Heart to Hand. 

Run out the Old/Run in the New

Club athlete Sharon Cantwell along with Edel Leahy who competed with the club over a number of years have teamed up with Popup Races to organise a virtual 5k run, jog walk event for New Year’s eve called “Run out the Old/Run in the New” in aid of Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre in Thurles.  Entry is online at www.popupraces.ie and costs €21.40.  Beautiful bespoke medal is on offer.  Head outdoors on New Year’s Eve on your own, your family, neighbour, friend and walk/run in support of this wonderful organisation.  As it is a virtual run, anyone, anywhere can join in.  Just register and off you go and all the while in keeping with government guidelines. 

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