Sunday 21 December 2014

old abbey members to re-enact 5k race

A Cork road race of 60 years ago will be re-enacted on Sunday next when Old Abbey Athletic Club hold a 5k from Waterfall to Goggins Hill, writes John Walshe.

Back in 1953, the then newly formed Old Abbey staged a road race from O'Shea's Pub to the sports field.

Earlier this year, Finbarr Crowley of Old Abbey and Jimmy Murray, a former club member, came up with the idea to commemorate the event with a race over the original route.

One of the two surviving founding members of Old Abbey will be there on Sunday night – 85-year-old John Cussen (second on right at the launch of the 5k).

Starting time is 7pm and entries (€10) will be taken in the school from 5.30pm onwards.

For further details contact Finbarr Crowley at 087 7770238.

LOCAL HEHIR STORMS HOME TO WIN CLARE 10K

Sean Hehir of Rathfarnham/WSAF Athletic Club returned home to his native county last weekend and stormed to a popular victory in the Clare 10k event in Ennis.

Hehir posted a fast time of 29.54 and finished comfortably clear of Michael Shannon (St John's AC, 31.21). Kenneth Rodgers (31.22) was third.

Veronica Colleran (Ennis Track Club) also raised much local cheer as she led the field home in the women's race in 37.57.

Tracy Guilfoyle (Riverlodge Running Club) was second in 39.49 and Mary Sweeney (St Finbarr's AC) was third in 39.59.

Irish Independent

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