After a two year pause, the Croghan AC Couch to 5k runners finally got back on track and their sights were set on one goal only.
A sea of Croghan AC t-shirts flooded Gorey Town Park as the group prepared to complete their first ever five kilometre run. The conditions were ideal for the group as there was little to no wind on the morning.
"Many of the group had never run at all before the eight weeks began, and they were overwhelmed to be on the brink of completing the distance of 5k, having trained intensively for the past eight weeks,” said Club Chairperson, Gary Doyle.
Club member Eugene Waters pumped out the tunes to get the party atmosphere going pre and post run, while Croghan Committee member Shelley Atkins led a full warm-up to make sure all the athletes were ready to tackle the 5k.
Before the run began, Gary called the group into a pre run huddle to offer them some rallying words of encouragement.
“It really was fantastic to see everyone digging in so deep throughout the run and continuing on, even when the going got tough and heat became a factor as the sun came out for the final kilometre,” he said. “Crossing the line for these athletes was truly an emotional moment as many of their friends and family had turned up to cheer them on, some even bringing along handmade signs of encouragement to help their loved ones to the finish line.”
After the run, the runners and their supporters enjoyed some well-deserved refreshments, tea, coffee, scones, cake and sandwiches. Gary then presented all C25K athletes with a certificate of completion and a Croghan AC running buff for their fine efforts.
“A huge thanks must go out to all the Croghan AC club members who stepped up as ‘’Leaders’’ for their efforts and encouragement to the group over the last eight weeks,” said Gary. “We also want to thank the Croghan AC Committee for organising such a special and successful event, but in particular, thanks must go to the C25K class of 2022 who really are a fantastic bunch of dedicated athletes.”
The club is now looking forward to next year’s C25K already, and to welcoming new recruits along to their regular training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the summer.