Diversity was definitely the word of the week at Termoneeny Running Club with members taking part in unique events and for the first time, a canine representative helped a member to secure a podium finish. It was another successful week in many ways for the Termoneeny crew.
Run in the Dark
The first fixture took place on Wednesday night when eight members journeyed up to Belfast for the iconic Run in the Dark 5k/10k. They joined thousands of others who were running under the night sky through the floodlit Stormont Estate in support of the Mark Pollock Trust whose mission is to find a cure for spinal cord injury. It was an atmospheric run but challenging nonetheless, particularly on the ascent towards Stormont Parliament Buildings. All TRC members ran superbly and extend gratitude to neighbouring club, Moneyglass and District Runners, for facilitating the transport.
5k results: Declan Leung 23:30; Kirsty McGarvey 26:15; Tara Montgomery 30:13; Caoimhe McKenna 30:34; Anne Breen 35:05; Jacqueline McGonigle 36:39; Ann McGarvey 39:15
10k result: Kerry Evans 54:17
Born 2 Run Drum Manor
On Saturday morning, Jacqueline McGonigle participated in the second race of the Born 2 Run winter series at Drum Manor forest park. The route consisted predominantly of undulating forest trails making Jacqueline’s 10k particularly challenging but also weaved its way through the Drum Manor estate which provided striking autumnal views. Jacqueline completed the 10k in a brilliant time of 1:16:02.
Three members displayed excellent running at MUSA parkrun on Saturday morning. Thomas Doherty finished 3rd overall in his 25th parkrun with a fantastic time of 18:51. Sean Smith and Declan Leung ran the route together with Sean achieving an immense personal best of 22:42 in his 19th parkrun. Declan completed his 9th parkrun also in a superb time of 22:43.
After participating in the Run in the Dark 5k on Wednesday night, Anne Breen managed another strong performance at Antrim on Saturday and completed her 22nd parkrun in a super time of 33:54.
Dog Trails NI Canicross
TRC members embrace challenges in every aspect of running and this was evident on Sunday morning because Jacqueline McGonigle and her beautiful black Labrador, Bobby, took part in the unique Dog Trails NI Canicross event at Benone Strand. There was terrific teamwork between Jacqueline and Bobby who ran the 3k route together through winding dune trails and on sandy terrain. They completed the race in a fast time of 21:39 which secured them 2nd place in the female category and considering Bobby has three legs, it made what they achieved even more special. TRC are proud to have had Jacqueline and Bobby as the first club representatives at an event of this kind.
The ‘Get Your Co. Down 5k On’ is hailed as the fastest 5k in Ireland and, on Sunday morning, the performances of three TRC members certainly supported this claim. Jarlath Hughes had another outstanding race and completed the 5k in 16:44. He was closely followed by his uncle, Tommy Hughes, who finished in a superb 17:42. Declan Leung took part in his 3rd race of the week but showed no signs of fatigue and delivered a fantastic result of 21:04. Well done to all three members on representing the club so well at an event that attracts a very competitive field of runners.
Congratulations to all the TRC members who represent the club throughout the country and farther afield. If you are interested in joining Termoneeny RC please visit termoneenyrc.com or send us a message on Facebook.