On Tuesday night, May 26th I saw the real purpose and true depth of what it means to be in a running club. So many turned up with big smiles, bigger hearts, a competitive spirit and fistfuls of money. The running was fun and the spirit in which people competed was even better. In the end, we raised €850 for a very worthy cause (and something very close to my heart). I want to say a deep felt Thank You to all who supported the evening especially for the great good humor in which you ‘competed’. I also want to thank those who couldn’t be with us yet still contributed quietly and without fuss. When I walked away I was reflective. This is what occurred to me,- The real benefits of a club is not just in running- The generosity and kindness of my club mates- The positive spirit that is shared by all of us- And… the competitive spirit that never dies, no matter what the race! You will never know the good you have created but you did.For that, I’m deeply grateful. Thank You,Ruth The only loser from last nights main event was a group of eggs which turned up for some light training. They were hoping that with a bit of exercise, they might get to be poached, fried or even scrambled, but faith took a very bad turn for them and the egg throwing competition claimed all their lives. When asked by the gardi about reports of a mass egg-flight in the park, we mentioned that we were sowing egg-plants!!.
National Road Relays Sportsworld Photos from RacePix365 Sunday the 19th April saw the exciting National Road Relays competition held again in Raheny. The weather was a scorching hot day, too hot for a marathon or half marathon but with two course records on the day it didn’t seem to affect the runners and was perfect for the spectators. Raheny may have had their A, B and C senior team but it was great to see Sportsworld with a full ladies and men senior and masters teams. First up was the ladies masters team with Helen White rounding the last corner in first place giving Lucy Darcy doing the second 2 mile leg the perfect start. Both Rathfarmham and Raheny had a strong Masters team but Aideen Downs brought the team home to take third place comfortably. Next we had the mens master team with new club member Trevor Sweeny taking the first leg in his first road relays. Trevor did brilliant, running with the lead pack for the entire lap. Then over to Ed McEntee who like Lucy is more used to running in the Senior team. Ed did a great 2 mile leg passing over to Joe Byrne for the final one mile leg. The extra training on Saturdays on the polo grounds paid off for Joe doing a brilliant final leg and deserves to be given a new singlet for his run(only the runners have to be over 35 Joe) Then we had the Ladies senior race which unfortunately was without Jean but thankfully Eimear Martin was fit and ready to run. Crona Brady took the first leg and showed what an improvement she has made since last year taking a deserved spot [...]