Happy Christmas folks and a great New Year from everyone at Sportsworld! We’d an outstanding year of success….don’t believe me? Then check out the 2009 section of our club titles! We won Gold medals, silver medals, bronze medals, chocolate medals. We’d athletes selected for international duty including Helen White at the European Mountain Running Championships in the hills of Austria, Ed McEntee at the World Masters in the snow of Norway, then Aoife Brady with the National Senior Cross Country Team in the sand at Belgium and Lucy, Helen & Carol at the Masters CC at Spaghetti Junction. We’d trips to Ballyvaughan, Ballycotton, Roddy Bolands, Kilmore Quay, Lanzarote and Waterford not to mention marathoners running from Chicago to Berlin. We had another classic 5 mile, thats 25 I believe now, a quarter of a century of Sportsworlds world record (Ismael Kirui in ’93) road race and we even won the Dunshaughlin 10km super cup (see facebook for those pics!).We’d also highly successful track runners, road runners, cross country runners, mountain runners, mini-marathoners and our all conquering meet and train runners. We’d generous fund raising and cake sale nights. But most importantly we saw Joe Byrne’s endangered retro horizontal striped Sportsworld singlet somehow survive another safety-pin-holed year. Long may it continue! Enjoy!
Cake Sale 2009! They bought apple cake, Birthday cake, Back Forest cake, Bundt cake, Butter cake, Butterfly cake, Carrot cake, Eoinys Strawberry Cheesecake, Chocolate cake, Christmas cake, Chiffon cake, Cupcakes, Devil’s food cake, Eccles cake, Erotic cakes, Fairy cake, Fruit cake, Garash cake, Mary Finns Infamous Sponge cake, Gingerbread, Gooey butter cake, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Pound cake, Queen Elizabeth cake, Brown bread, Red velvet cake, Seed Cake, Spice cake, Stack cake, Suncake, Stephs Very Special K with Milky Bar Cakes, Tres leches cake & Wedding Cake? A big thank you to everyone who organised, contributed cakes/prizes and bought at another roaring success of Sportsworld’s bring & buy cake sale, run fun and raffle. An impressive €860 was raised in aid of turn2me last Tuesday evening. Also great work by Jakub for capturing the evening with some photos in the above album. NOTICE FOR WATERFORD HALF MARATHONFor those that are booked on the bus to the Waterford Half Marathon day trip this weekend, it leaves on Saturday at 7.15am sharp from the clubhouse.
Just a reminder, the annual bring and buy cake sale is next Tuesday,8th December at 8.15 after training at the clubhouse. This year is in aid of Turn 2 Me (Suicide Support) Tea and Coffee available plus a Raffle!!!
Yes folks our favourite event of the year is upon us. Christmas? No, no….the annual bring and buy cake sale is here, woohoo!!! I know many the Sportsworlds runner that ticks off the days on the calendar, yearning for their night to unleash their great, great Grandmothers sponge cake recipe on their unsuspecting clubmates (you know who you are!). So dust off your dubious apron that you can’t throw out because it was a present from your brother, get those chef hats pumped up, fire up the oven and start brushing up on your flans! This year is in aid of Turn 2 Me (Suicide Support) It’s on Tuesday 8th December at 8.15 after training at the clubhouse so pencil that in to your diaries! Tea and Coffee available plus a Raffle!!!
This morning, Sunday, November 8th 2009 was a special morning for one Sportsworld Athlete. In fact, it was a very special morning indeed. This morning Myles Nugent ran ‘The Waterworks’ 25 years to the day since he first discovered its hidden beauty. As the sun came over The Sally Gap, Myles our Club Marathon record holder, complete with a nagging injury, could not resist a celebration run.The sun shone brightly and warm winter clothes fast became too much.The wind dropped and the silence paid a respectful guard to this man of many achievements. This time we were the audience and Myles The Mentor. Stories of heroic runs were remembered in graphic detail.The run got going and even the cows stared on. Hill 1 and it slipped softly by. We were listening, distracted, and our jog was gentle.The first lake reflected our pack and the true beauty of this Sunday run could not have been more evident.We flew through the next few miles and back to where it all began. At the car park the symbolism of handshakes and congratulations were not lost.25 years, recessions, careers, struggles, highs and lows. 25 years of waterworks running reminded us of the one constant ‘thing’Our running, our friends and our weekly training village.Always there, always patient, never changing.It’s just us humans who do the opposite. To Avoca for a lazy Sunday morning.We talked about Myles and guess who walked in?A family Christening would not deter a brief half hour to complete his anniversary day.Immaculate with shoes as polished as the lakes, Myles engaged us all. He had to leave early but we cherished his time today.As he left he turned to us all “I hope we are still running [...]