109 not out for Cunningham
Running 100 races in a calendar year is a feat not too many achieve, but Limerick man Mike Cunningham added another 19 to this tally last year which must make him one of the most prolific racers in the country, writes John Walshe.
But what sets this 49-year-old apart is the quality of his performances. "I won a 30-mile race in Sixmilebridge back in November and ran another four marathons with a best of 2:45.42 in Dublin," explains the Cappamore native who runs with the Mooreabbey Milers .
Mike – who is known as 'Curley' Cunningham in results – also notched up 106 races in 2012 and just short of the century mark the year before. Starting running at the turn of the century, he treated it casually at first before meeting up with Tom Blackburn.
"I now train at the University of Limerick track on a Tuesday evening under Joe Chalke and do hill training on Wednesday evenings. In all, I suppose I'd run around 70 miles a week," explains Cunningham, who works as a school bus driver.
Already he has got 2014 off to a good start with an M45 victory over 10 miles at Dungarvan in a fine time of 57:25.