Monday 26 August 2019

Slí Cualann members on cloud nine after Dublin run

Michael Knight, who won gold in the over-65s ten mile
Michael Knight, who won gold in the over-65s ten mile

Simon Bourke

Athletes from Slí Cualann proved that age is no barrier to success by returning from the 'Irish Runner 10 Mile' in the Phoenix Park with an impressive haul of medals.

Overall, the club's senior athletes claimed nine medals at the event with two golds, three silvers and four bronzes.

Brian Geraghty took first place in the over-45s event, while Michael Knight won gold in the over-65s. William Belton was third in both the ten and five mile events in the over-65s category while Emily Ryan took silver in the over-35s five mile race.

Iam McGrath was second in the ten mile over-45s race, Debbie Griffin took bronze in the ten mile over-50s, while Catherine O'Connor was second in the ten mile over-40s and the third senior overall in the five mile race.

And these results, according to one of Slí Chualann's club captains, are testament to the positive atmosphere surrounding the club.

'We have all different types of runners, some do it to lose weight, others for a mental health perspective, some to get fit. There's a togetherness in the club, we all come from a very broad spectrum. The guys winning national events are only a small sample of our members. But we can take inspiration from them, "if they can do it, why can't I?"'

With record numbers signing up in the last year, Ian said the club is now busier than ever. And he offered some advice to those who are maybe reluctant to join up for whatever reason.

'If you're concerned about coming, don't worry at all. We have training sessions twice a week and are a welcoming bunch, there's no need to be intimidated. There's no airs and graces here. If you're conscious of being unfit or that people are going to push you beyond your limits then don't be. You'll only get guidance and advice. There's a niche or a place for everyone.'

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