TO run a marathon is a feat that would be beyond most people. To run two marathons in two days is almost unimaginable. But that is exactly what Mallow Athletic Club member Sharon Woods did last weekend when she competed in the inaugural Back 2 Back marathons held at Clonakilty and emerged as the overall ladies winner.
Over 130 runners competed in the event and, Sharon ran the 26.2 mile route in three hours, 28 minutes.on Saturday and repeated the route on Sunday in another excellent time of 3hrs, 40mins.
Also taking part in this gruelling event was Denis Sheehan, with Paudie Bermingham running the Saturday marathon.
Meanwhile, entries are flowing in for the annual Kostal / Mallow AC 10 Mile race, which takes place on bank-holiday Monday, March 18. Entries will not be accepted on the day this year and, with over 800 runners already entered, the limit of 1,200 is expected to be reached before the closing date of March 10.
The entry fee is €15.00 and further details are available at www.mallowac.ie .There is a bonus of €500 for a new course record if either of the marks, currently held by Gerry Ryan (49.40) and Annette Kealy (58.40), are broken.
Last year a record 1,090 finished the race with the honours going to Alan O'Shea of Bantry in a time of 52.35 and Lorraine Manning from Raheny just missing the bonus with her time of 58.55.
Several members of the club took part in the annual Tommy Ryan Memorial 5 Mile race in Carrigaline on Sunday with Shane Simcox coming home in a time of 27.09 for seventh place from a field of over 400 runners.
The 36th annual Ballycotton 10 Mile race takes place on Sunday March 3. This is one of the most popular races of the year and this year more than 30 members of Mallow AC will be taking part.
The new Doneraile Park 5 KM Series takes place shortly, with the first of a series of races on Saturday March 2, at 11am.
The club is organising a free 12 week 'Coach to 5km Training Programme', starting on Tuesday, March 12. This is designed for complete beginners and the aim is to enable people to take part in a 5Km run at the end of the plan. Club members will guide people step by step with training sessions taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30pm from the Roundabout Tavern and in Doneraile Park on Saturday mornings at 10am. Further details from Paudie 0863849159 or John 0852432115.