We are all nervously waiting to see if, come the end of August, the maximum number of runners in a race may be allowed to increase. For road racing, in particular, we all need to see the limit move up from 200 to 500 for some of the fixtures to be viable. In the meantime, we continue to train in the hope that these races will ultimately go ahead on the scheduled dates. However, September is looking increasingly at risk.
There has of course been some successful racing, albeit with really small numbers or organised virtually. IMRA can pat itself on the back with its recent offerings, even though the limit is at around 100 runners with a few stewards in addition. Then, the Dublin graded meets have generated substantial interest, selling out quickly.
The most recent graded track and field meet, organised by Dublin Athletics, took place last Wednesday in Tallaght and several of our members were able to participate in the 200m and 800m events that were staged there. There was also a field event competition, with Jonny Bell placing 2nd out of 9 in the shot put with a throw of 11.82m. In the women’s 200m AB1 race, Rhianna McCarthy ran 26.64, coming home in 3rd place in an 8-strong field, narrowly missing out on 2nd place in a photo finish. We had 2 competitors in the 7-strong men’s A1 200m, with Shane Keane placing 4th in 23.00 followed hard on his heels by Hugo Magee in 5th in 23.01. Likewise, we had 2 clubmates take part in the men’s B1 event, with victory going to Valentinos Goularas in 23.59, followed by Max Doyle in 3rd in 24.42, in a field of 7 runners. To close out the 200m events, we had one runner in the men’s C1, where Charlie Bastow placed 2nd in a field of 7 and a time of 23.99. Then, we come onto the 800m races, in 5 of which we fielded competitors. Fiona Shine ran in the women’s AB1 event where, in a field of 9 runners, she placed 9th in 2:35.32. Fiona would have finished higher up the field but for a girl falling in front of her with 350m to go. Fiona was able to side step inside the fallen runner but it impacted her finishing time. Sister Lisa Shine also experienced some discomfort in her C1 event. In a field of 10 runners, Lisa placed 6th in 2:47.04, having a lace come untied 50m into the race. She was lucky that neither she nor anyone else was tripped by it and found that she was able to run almost as well as if it had not happened. Fearghal O’Hare took on the men’s A1 event, where he placed 5th out of 11 in a time of 1:55.51. The B2 race followed and 4th place went to Finn Boyle in 2:07.06, Finn crossing the line ahead of 7 other runners. Finally, in the 14-strong D1 race, Brendan Glynn and Paul Kelly finished, respectively, 10th and 14th in times of 2:37.15 and 2:55.16.
Also last Wednesday, two Crusaders competed in the IMRA race set around Scalp in the Dublin Mountains. The race distance measured 6.35k with an overall climb of 217m involving two loops of different size on moderate terrain in the woods of Barnaslingan and Carrickgollogan. In a field of 105 runners, and a race won overall by Karol Cronin of Sportsworld in 24:32, Warren Swords found himself in 4th place for much of what he considered a tough challenge, holding onto 2nd and 3rd placed runners for much of the distance, but finally being unable to overtake them. He finished in a time of 25:51. The group was surprised at one stage, however, when a huge feral pig shot across the path in front of them. It’s an unusual but not unknown sighting of such animals in the area. Geraldine Clements also took part in the race, her first in a while, and she placed 94th overall, 19th female finisher and 4th F45 in a time of 45:08.
Finally, since early July, and his Malin to Mizen Head achievement, Leo Lundy has been busy on the virtual stage, clocking up three long runs that could be completed side by side. The first was the Ulster Way 1000km. Leo crossed the line in 2nd place out of 34 competitors in a time of 29 days, 13 hours and 6 minutes, a new PB for the intrepid ultra-runner. The second was the 120 miles Trans-Rockies Ultra, in which Leo placed 3rd with a time of 3 days, 20 hours and 27 minutes. Finally, in the past few days, Leo embarked on the Trans Texas Virtual run (879 miles theoretically along the I-10 the length of Texas finishing in El Paso, but in reality an average of 22 miles a day since the beginning of July in the heat and humidity of Southern England). Leo won the solo element of the race, with a winning margin of 158 miles over his nearest competitor.
Last Tuesday the club enjoyed a night of 3k and 1500m races between members on the track and they were just great fun, with several of our clubmates recording PBs on the night.
Then, on Friday evening we had at least 5 Crusaders take part in the Pop Up Races-organised Day of Irish PBs 2020 held in Leixlip on the Le Cheile track there, a familiar venue for the club where we have helped out at the IMC meets in the recent past. This is not the first time such an event has been held at this particular track, but it is the first such track event in the area this year, apart from the graded races a couple of weeks back in Santry.
Just as with recent Crusaders races on the track, the format for the evening consisted of 7 x 5k mixed races of differing standards, with the first race being for those wanting to run a sub-30 and the last being open to those with the likelihood of finishing sub-16 minutes. There was also a mile race in the middle, but we didn’t have any competitors in that event.
David Carter ran in the 4th race, for those looking to run sub-19 minutes and, in his first ever track race, Dave placed 8th in a field of 29 and a super time of 18:54. Then, in the next race, for those looking to run sub-18, Luke Davis finished strongly to place 6th in 17:51, with Alan Sheehy, in his first race since the Streets of Galway last year and celebrating his birthday to boot, crossing the line in 8th place in a highly creditable 18:03. The field measured 23 runners. In the 34-strong sub-17 minutes 6th race, Jim Stagg ran 16:49 for 12th place, finishing just behind Donore’s Ide Nic Dhomhnaill (16:46) with Una Britton of Kilcoole slightly further back in 16:58. Finally, in the last race of the evening, which was won by Evan Fitzgerald of Clonmel AC in 15:12, Michael Kiely acquitted himself well once again with an excellent finishing time of 15:32 for 5th place in the 22-strong field. Followers of international athlete, Ann-Marie McGlynn of Letterkenny, will be interested to learn that she ran in the same event, finishing in 15:50.
On the same evening, down in Cork, Leevale hosted a series of track and field events with members of other clubs participating. Shane Collins continued to demonstrate his excellent form, running in the 3k, where, in a field of 23 athletes, he placed 11th in 9:04, behind race winner David McGlynn of Waterford AC who ran 8:35.
On Saturday morning Ferrybank in Co. Waterford organised a series of road races between the club and United Striders of New Ross, Co. Wexford. Dee Ni Chearbhaill and her husband Sean Murphy of USAC who trains with us, ran in respectively the 5k and 4 mile events, with Dee placing 3rd as a guest runner for USAC in 21:06 on a reasonably flat looped course of 4 laps on an industrial estate south of the city. Meanwhile, Sean ran on the same course for his 4 mile event. Despite heavy legs, he ran well enough to finish in 15th place in 24:22 and both runners helped USAC win the inter club competition.
Finally, we have at least one preliminary report from the mountains. On Saturday morning Jason Kehoe and Becky Quinn ran in what would normally be a leg of the Irish Mountain Championships. However, the championships have been cancelled this year and so this was just a one-off race. Nevertheless, it attracted a quality field of approx 100 runners. The race in Co Tipperary, taking place on an out-and-back course over the summits of Galtybeg and Cush (twice) and turning for home at the top of Galtymore, measured at least 13k with an aggregate climb of some 1,340m on open mountain terrain. We don’t yet have all the details but it’s possible that Becky came second in the women's race, and if so, likely in any event winning her age category. The report will be updated as results appear.
Jason started in a group of about 7 runners competing for podium spots in the race and found himself in 3rd place ascending Cush for the first time, behind international runners, Killian Mooney and Ian Conroy. However, he was able to take Ian on the first descent and never looked back. Killian, on the other hand, proved elusive, and demonstrated some skill on the following two descents. Nevertheless, Jason was able to maintain his position about 200m behind Killian going up the last climb, holding on for the last push to the finish. So, Killian Mooney took 1st place in just over 1:24, (outside Jason’s course record of 1:21:40 set in 2017) with Jason in 2nd for 1:27:30, followed by Brian Furey in 3rd a few minutes further back. There was also an IMRA race on Forth Mountain in Co. Wexford on Sunday, but it wasn’t clear at time of going to print if any Crusaders took part. The report will be updated, if so.
Just a brief report this week to let everyone know that the first steps towards getting back to proper racing on the road have been taken this weekend.
Readers may point out that there may well have been unrecorded races taking place over the past weeks (unknown to your correspondent), but it is probably fair to say that numbers would have been low.
Some of you will be aware that there was a 10k time trial in mid June in the Phoenix Park in which John Mulvihill ran a PB of 32:26 and Kieran Little ran 32:55, both impressive times, and then at the beginning of July we had three runners take part in a small 5k race on the racing circuit of Mondello Park (almost like a road race perhaps!). Among a modest field of fewer than 30 runners, Peter O’Toole, placed 3rd in a time of 16:43 to DSD’s Paul O’Donnell (14:40) and he was followed by Joe Dunne who placed 18th in 21:36, with Olwyn Dunne coming across the line in 22:00, placing 3rd female finisher and 21st overall behind Meghan Ryan of DSD in 16:57 who placed 4th overall.
Then, on Sunday, a slightly bigger field took to the slightly undulating roads around Fermoy in Co. Cork to run an Invitational 4 mile race based on the annual Bob Burke Memorial event celebrating its 60th anniversary, using the same looped route. It was a quality field and we were lucky to have Shane Collins, who currently resides in the rebel county, represent the club in the race. Judging from his Strava account and a recent Crusader virtual challenge, Shane is in excellent form at the moment and showed it in his result on Sunday. The winner of the race was Kilkenny’s Eoin Everard in a time of 19:05 which was a course record. Only 2 seconds behind came his clubmate, the ageless Brian Maher, in 19:07, with third place, in 19:08, going to Conor Duffy of Glaslough Harriers. It was an exciting finish after Eoin and Brian battled it out for most of the race. Shane came across the line in 18th place in a great time for the distance of 20:28, taking some decent scalps in the process and demonstrating fine sprinting at the end. There were 68 runners in the mixed race, with the women’s event winner being Aoife Cooke who placed 39th overall also in a course record time of 21:52. The event was organized by Grange-Fermoy AC and judging from the social media commentary that followed, by all accounts it was a brilliant event.
Let’s just hope that such green shoots will encourage more side by side road racing to come over the Summer.
There may well have been a couple of events in Donegal over the weekend, but unlikely to have had any Crusader participation. However, please let the club know if you have competed recently in any such events that we might have missed or are looking forward to any coming up shortly. We’d love to record them. For the time being such events are likely to be outside Dublin, where it would appear to be much harder to control numbers.
We cannot let the report go without paying tribute and thanks to Mike McGovern and Susan Walsh and their band of volunteers for inter alia organizing our recent Tuesday track sessions but also the 5k track racing we undertook recently for the Docklands Virtual 5k and then this evening’s night of 3K and 1500m intra-club races. Several of the participants in tonight's races have put up their times on Strava and they are looking impressive. We responded with gusto! The demand for racing is clearly there and is so much appreciated by those of us who take part. We will be so well prepared for late Summer and early Autumn racing.
This is a gentle reintroduction to the previously weekly, now, for the time being, periodic, race report.
It’s great to be able to report finally on races that took place with runners being able to see their competition in real time. Whilst virtual races have been great to give athletes some kind of challenge, generally speaking it would have been hard to get PBs in such events without the dynamic of a true race. Nevertheless, at least one of the virtual events merits reporting regardless.
This is the ambitious effort made by Leo Lundy who took full advantage of his experience as an ultra-runner, combined with the opportunity to run between two geographical landmarks as far apart as it’s possible to get in Ireland, without actually having to work out a route. The challenge was to run virtually from Malin Head to Mizen Head, or was it the other way round? Leo was by far the most eager of all the competitors and won the event, set up by Brian Conroy of Pop Up Races, by a country mile (or over a hundred country miles).
The rules were simple. The winner would be the first person who completed the 600km starting from the time of the challenge on 1 July. Leo’s margin of victory was huge (194km) over the field of 1,131 competitors and it took him 19 days 12 hours and 6 minutes to complete the challenge. Yet another accomplishment for our seasoned and veteran long distance runner who has also completed 305 marathon/ultra races (including a virtual South African Comrades marathon recently) during his 16 years of running.
Proper competitive road racing has yet to get going, but several of us are hopeful of events popping up in August and September. We’ll see and all our fingers are crossed.
In the meantime, the Dublin Graded meets started up on Wednesday evening. Plus we can record some notable success in IMRA events which have also got going again, albeit not yet in a league format and limited to 100 participants at most.
The first Dublin graded meet of the year took place in the Morton Stadium and professional security ensured that only competitors and volunteers were allowed into the stadium on the night. All spectators and coaches were discouraged from entering the complex and competitors had to queue to enter to ensure no more than 200 people were in the stadium at any one time and were encouraged to leave once they had completed their particular event. The slightly wet conditions, however, did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of all the competitors who were delighted to get back into competitive running.
Our major success of the evening came not unexpectedly from Brian O’Kelly who ran in the mixed 25-strong 10,000m towards the end of the evening. The race, which looks to have doubled as the Dublin championships, was won by Eric Keogh of Donore in 29:20, but Brian came in strongly in 2nd place in 31:01, just 3 seconds ahead of a quality field that included Lee Van Haeften of Donore (31:04) and Colin Maher of Ballyfin (31:05). Michael Wycherley produced a respectable time too in the same race, officially placing 22nd in 35:35, coming in just ahead of Neil Skelton of Rathfarnham (35:51), however, The report may need updating as Michael believes the time was closer to 34:45 (a 12 seconds PB) and is verifying this with the officials.
Charlie Bastow distinguished himself in the AB1 grade men’s 100m, where 3 men finished in a photo finish for 3rd place in a field of 7 runners. Each was awarded the same time of 11.87. Then, Fiona Shine ran well in the women’s 1500m grade B race, where, in a field of 16, she placed 6th in 5:10.9. The bulk of our female competitors, however, ran in the women’s C race which enjoyed a field of 18 athletes. Sarah Lyons was the fastest of the contingent, finishing in 4th place in a time of 5:28.5, followed by Aine Crotty (5th in her first ever track race in 5:33.5), Rebecca Fleming (8th in 5:38.1) and a strong finishing Lisa Shine (14th in 5:51.1).
The last race in which Crusaders was represented was the men’s D standard 1500m. In a field of 17, our fastest finisher was newcomer James Harding who appears to be getting stronger by the week from Crusader training. James placed 14th in 5:29.9 and he was followed by Brendan Glynn (15th in 5:30.1) and Paul Kelly (17th in 6:31.3).
In the field, Morgan Brennan participated in the men's discus, where he placed 4th in a field of 8 with a throw of 34.03m. Well done to Morgan and all our track runners!
So, we conclude with the mountaineers. There have been at least 3 events with club member participation. Last Sunday, we had 2 runners in the Log na Coille event near Baltinglass in the Wicklow mountains. In a field of 75, and over a distance of 10.5km involving a climb of some 700m, Becky Quinn came home 17th overall (2nd female and 1st F45) in 1:11:10, followed by Brian McGuckin who placed 20th in 1:12:52 and finished 3rd O/50 in the field.
On the same day, Jason Kehoe distinguished himself in the Carauntoohill Classic set in Co. Kerry. The race took place over 15k and involved a tough 1100m climb to the top of the mountain. Early on in the race Jason experienced a severe stitch which put him back into third place in a field of 84 for a while. However, he was able to recover and capitalise on his downhill expertise, finishing in first place in 1:39:15, just 5 seconds ahead of an Riocht’s Conor O’Mahony. Warren Swords also took part in the race and placed a commendable 7th in 1:44:20.
Finally, on Wednesday evening, our intrepid mountain runners once again took to the field, this time in the Belmont-Little Sugar Loaf race. The race involved an out and back with a loop of Little Sugar Loaf, covering 8.6k and an ascent of 360m on moderate terrain. We had 6 runners in the race. 3 days after Carauntoohill, Warren Swords cycled down from Dublin, a distance of some 22k and went on to win the race (he did get a lift home though!) in 43:34, just ahead of Dunboyne’s Brian Flannelly, Crusader Laura’s husband, who finished in 44:15. In a race involving 91 finishers, Anthony O’Reilly was next across the finish line in 26th place (52:19), followed by Michael Maughan (27th in 52:38), Brian McGuckin (51st in 1:00:57), Emily Glen (60th and 7th female finisher in 1:05:47) and John McAuley (83rd in 1:19:11)
Tuesday 7 July 2020 was the scheduled date for the 6th running under Crusaders management of the Docklands 5k. In each of the past 5 years, we have never had rain during the race. Ok, maybe one year we had a shower about an hour before, but generally, conditions have been favourable. Additionally, over the years we have been increasing the participation in the race to around 2,000 entries and, given the huge investment we’ve made into building a clubhouse at Irishtown stadium, we were counting on revenue from the race this year to alleviate the considerable costs.
So, of course, in these extraordinary times, we weren’t able to go ahead with the race in its usual format, but, instead, with the help of Ronan Wogan of My Run Results and a committee led by club secretary and coach Susan Walsh, we were able to put together what turned out to be a neat alternative approach and, although we weren’t able to get anything like the revenue we might have otherwise expected, the proceeds from the race will help considerably in our fund-raising efforts (enough at least to cover the first year’s interest bill on the club’s loan). There was also a charity element to the event, with St. James’ Hospital Foundation receiving a much needed boost from the race entry fees.
The format was a virtual 5k race scheduled to be run at any time through the week of 6th to 10th July, publicised widely on social media and everyone was encouraged to predict their times. Essentially, we had 2 competitions within the race, one to see how fast people could run and another to see how accurate they could be in predicting their times. In these virtual events, many runners would expect to run on their own against an unseen competition. This is extremely tricky and has generally led to slower times than might otherwise be achieved in a real race. However, what was really cool for the club was that, now that we have renewed access to the track and under the able guidance of Mike McGovern and our Covid-19 officer, Susan Walsh, on the day the race should have taken place, we were able to schedule a number of 5k sessions on the track, following strict AI social distancing guidelines, in which club members were able to compete with each other. The sessions were arranged to limit the likelihood of too much lapping by having runners of similar ability run in their respective sessions. Mike and Susan even added a one mile challenge for those less keen to run 5k in training.
We started this account by saying that the Docklands 5k has successfully avoided bad weather throughout its recent history and this year’s event was going to be bigger and better than ever with a repeat of last year’s after-race party in Capital Dock being envisaged. So you can imagine how the race director for the usual race, James Cottle, felt when he saw the forecast for Tuesday 7 July. For once the weather forecast was spectacularly accurate. We saw rain of biblical proportions right up until the last session of the day. Just think how tricky that would have been for the race organisers had the race actually taken place. Although, many of us ran with the rain coming down heavily, and some ran significantly further than 5k as they sought to dodge puddles on the inside lane, we were blessed with little wind. By the way, in times to come, the new clubhouse, which provided a fitting backdrop to the evening, will eventually perform an extremely helpful block against the prevailing wind.
We had 280 runners sign up for the race and, by the cut-off hour on Friday 10th, we had 271 recorded times. Crusaders made up 64 of the finishers and we took away many of the honours, including overall victory in the men’s event.
With a time of 15:54, men’s club captain Michael Kiely was the impressive overall winner. He ran the 12.5 laps in Irishtown on the Tuesday evening and for the first half of a race that was held in the best conditions of the evening he was in a group of 3 runners, which included John Mulvihill and Vinnie McGuinness. With about 6 laps to go, however, Michael took off, putting an increasing gap between himself and the other two never looking back. John appeared to be comfortably holding onto 2nd place with at times a lead of about 30-40m over Vinnie, but Vinnie found a second wind with about 900m to go and surged past John to take 2nd place in 16:19. John didn’t submit his time finally, so a strong-finishing Michael Wycherley was officially placed 3rd with a time of 16:40.
Once the smoke cleared, 15 of the first 20 finishers across the line, 24 of the first 30 and 31 of the first 50, were members of the club. We also had podium places in the women’s race. Alma Hanevy, with the disadvantage of running entirely on her own along the canal and having to weave among walkers, placed 2nd and 40th overall in 20:14, just behind Brid Ryan of Civil Service Harriers who finished in 38th place overall in 20:08. Fiona Shine also took a podium place with her 20:22 which, in addition to her third place finish, put her 43rd overall. Crusaders made up 8 of the first 10 places overall and 4 out of the top 10 in the women’s race
Not only did we win back for the next twelve months the two club trophies which are now a regular feature of the real race, the John Fitzsimons and Mary Purcell cups, by both men’s and women’s teams, we also performed well in the age categories. So it was a great event for the club.
The men’s trophy was won by Michael K, Vinnie, Michael W and Ciarain Kelly (16:41 for 4th place) with maximum points and the women’s cup was won by Alma, Fiona, Aine Crotty (4th woman and 47th overall in 20:33) and Sarah Lyons (10th and 59th overall in 20:58). The cups are going to look great in our new clubhouse!
Age category success came in the F40, F50 and F60 groups, whilst the men recorded excellent placings too in the M40, M45, M50. M60 and M65 categories.
With Alma finishing 2nd overall, Dee Ni Chearbhaill won the F40 age category (61st and 11th) with a time of 21:05. Then we had tremendous depth in the F50 category, with Olwyn Dunne taking top honours (87th and 20th in 22:27), ahead of Sharon Woods (91st and 23rd in 22:51), Triona Quill, who in her session apparently took off like a rocket halfway through the event, lapping runners in her wake (92nd and 24th in 22:53), and Aoife Cowhie (117th and 30th in a highly satisfying 24:57). Finally, we welcomed back Mairin Shine to competitive running where she placed 2nd in the F60 category (189th and 58th) in a time of 29:52.
The men’s dominance of age categories was even sharper. Even though MRR and Bohermeen’s Ronan Wogan won the M40 category (joint 7th in 16:16, with Eoin Fitzpatrick), we still had club members in the next 3 places. Eugene O’Neill, who last raced 10 years ago, placed 2nd (9th) in 17:21, followed by Dee Lawlor (3rd and 15th in 18:01) and Joe Walsh (4th and 16th in 18:07). With Michael W taking 3rd place overall, M45 age category victory went to the runner who placed 2nd, Eddie Nugent (27th) who ran 18:58, with Seamus Moore just behind (31st) in 19:27. Brian Keenan took top honours in the M50 category (42nd in 20:23) as did James Cottle (30th in 19:27). James was delighted with his result and enjoyed finishing neck and neck on the line with Tim O’Donnell (28th in 19:17), who, despite having been overtaken with about half the laps completed and having suffered a decent bit of daylight to follow, nevertheless stuck to the task and gave James a good run for his money at the end to finish alongside him in a photo finish. Coach Don Anderton (248th) rounded out the club’s excellent performance by taking the M65 category in 36:45.
At least 22 runners managed to run the 5k with times within 5 seconds of their predictions, so the eventual male and female winners were drawn out of a hat. The lucky winners were Kate Nugent of Sportsworld who predicted 20:50 and ran 20:55 and Jordan Wear of Linesight who predicted 20:15 and ran 20:20.
So, the event has proved to be a major success, not only giving a great deal of pleasure to our athletes in having something to compete in, but also has helped on the financial side too. There is still more to be done in terms of fund raising for the clubhouse, but let’s hope that we will be able to hold the race properly next year and that the sun will shine for us!
For those interested in seeing the full results, they can be accessed here: https://www.myrunresults.com/events/docklands_virtual_5k/3944/results
Conor MacGuinness (black singet, orange shoes), Phelim Murray (black singlet, black shoes), Sebastien Le Roy (white), Gill Earley (black), Maura Mahoney (blue), Amy McGuinness (partially hidden), Dee Lawlor (sunglasses/blue), Philip Matthews (red), James Cottle (orange), Edel Haverty (blue/orange), Gearoid Grogan (yellow), Brendan Glynn (blue), Bivor Pradhan (furthest left)
Join us for our Night of 5Ks on the Track to mark the Date the Docklands 5K was to be held this year.
Why not register for the Dockland Virtual Run online and run the 5K on the Track on the night. Register Here for the Docklands Virtual Run.
Proceeds go towards the fundraising efforts for the Club House!
Time Table for the night:
Crusaders in the time of Coronavirus
In many ways this newsletter is a celebration of the wonderful spirit our club has shown during the past few months. Through virtual time trials, quizzes, zooms, WhatsApps, and dressing up for our virtual club dinner, we have celebrated in style, together, though apart.
Our thanks to Lisa Shine for inspiring us to swap the elasticated waistbands for, oh wait, yes, more elasticated waistbands, but red and white ones, in order to celebrate the club dinner from afar!! This beautiful collage is a wonderful reminder of the smiles that Crusaders shared through lockdown, and beyond. A special mention to those who went to great lengths for the natural windswept hairstyles!!
Docklands Virtual 5K
The Docklands Virtual 5k now has a Crusaders-only competition! Register for the race here, then email email@example.com to let us know that you've signed up, so that we can find the Cru in the results.
It's a "predict your time" competition, and those closest to their predicted time will win a prize. All will be entered in the individual competition, but there is also a team competition. Those wishing to enter the team competition should email the names of the three team members, and their combined predicted time, to the email address above.
Good luck all!
Crusaders Night of 5ks
Starved of races? Want an accurate 5k time? Want to test your fitness? Read on….
On Tuesday July 7th, our training night will be magically turned into an extravaganza Night of 5ks.
Pre-booking will still be required, as is now the Covid norm for our training. We will have different race slots to cater for the differing abilities.
To make the evening even more interesting, why not do this in conjunction with our Virtual Docklands 5K fundraiser? Enter now at http://www.crusadersac.ie/docklands5k-virtualrun.html
The entry fee goes directly to our Club House fund. There is an option to buy T shirt and medal, the club does not benefit from these. There is also an option to donate, where the first €5 goes to St James's Hospital Foundation, and the balance goes directly to our Club House fund.
This evening of 5ks is only open to club members, and you must pre-register as usual.
So, put the date into your diary, we will open pre-registration on July 1st. And yes, we will send out a reminder before July 1st!!!
Pictured above are our fabulous Docklands 5k pacers from last year.
huge thanks to our Crusader Quizzers, who have provided hours of entertainment, and mental training, on Tuesday nights throughout the last few months. There was no shortage of competitive spirit amongst our Cru - James Cottle almost had enough material for a weekly quiz report, in which he would have modestly described his own success in the third person on more than one occasion!!
While the quiz nights have drawn to a close, we are happy to share a Crusader-special round, thanks to the quizmaster, Brendan Glynn (answers at the end of the newsletter).
Huge congratulations to Mary Horgan and her husband Rob Lee on the arrival, mid lockdown, of baby Sibeal Lee. The photo on the right shows baby Sibeal at 2 weeks old, with her proud parents.
This photo of Mary was taken last November, after she finished the Dublin Senior Cross country championships, on a grueling course. What we didnt know was it was Sibeal's first 'race' as Mary was 10 weeks pregnant - she's some woman!!!
Our thanks to Susan and Brendan, who, over the last few months have kept us on our toes with time trial, and relay challenges. The messages of encouragement, as everyone posted their time each week, really helped to keep spirits, and motivation levels up. Thanks for helping us stay connected, while running in isolation.
Relay team winners:
1 mile, 3k, 5k: Aine Kenny, James Cottle, Luke Davis
1 mile, 3k, 5k: Rebecca Fleming, Brendan Glynn, Luke Davis
1 mile, 3k, 3k: Dee Ni Chearbhail, Maura Mahony, Brian Hyland
3 x 1 mile: Lisa Shine, Shane Collins, Rachel Yorke
Meet your committee - Rebecca Fleming
Role: Ladies Captain
Q: When did you start your running journey?
A: I believe it was sometime in 2011
Q: Did anything in particular prompt you to start?
A: I was asked to join a relay team for the Dublin Staff Relay which involved running 5k.
Q: What made you join a club?
A: In October 2014, I completed my first (and only and probably last) marathon in Poland. I really enjoyed the training so decided to join a club.
Q: When did you join Crusaders? And, why Crusaders?
A: December 2014, I’ll never forget it. The track was closed at the time and we trained in Ringsend Park on Tuesday evenings. I took part in the Dublin Race Series in the summer of 2014 and always remember seeing lots of Crusaders singlets in the races and thought ok let’s check these guys out. Plus anyone I spoke to was always so friendly!
Q: What's your favourite distance to run?
A: This changes for me all the time - in terms of a race I do love 800m and At the moment I am really enjoying 3k after these virtual challenges.
Q: What's your favourite club session?
A: I love 12x400m
Q: What's your favourite race?
A: I always enjoy the MSB St Patricks Day 5km - running around the streets of Dublin is such a buzz and it’s a flat course. It’s also a memorable race as it was my first race in 2015 in my Cru singlet.
Q: What is your most memorable race?
A: I think it has to be the last race of the women’s Meet and Train Winter League in 2016 in Templelogue - we won the league that year and it was pretty close between us and Sportsworld, which added to the excitement of the race!
Q: Is there any race that you'd rather forget? (Sorry for bringing it up!)
A: None that pop to mind - I’ve definitely had moments during plenty of races where I thought this is the worst race of my life but as soon as I cross the line, catch my breath and have the chats with the Cru about their race and share my race experience I forget all about any tough moments.
Q: Do you prefer training in the winter or the summer?
A: 100% summer!
Q: Does anyone else in your family run?
A: My sister and brother run so we get to enjoy that together from time to time.
Q: Do / did you participate in any other sports?
A: I played basketball for a good few years during school and I was an Irish dancer too.
Q: Have you been running more or less during lockdown?
A: I’ve been able to enjoy more of a routine with no work travel which means I have been running more and I am loving it!
Q: How did your 2K and 5K limit work out for you?
A: I was lucky to have the coast and some local parks within the limits so it was pretty good and I could vary my running routes.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in Celbridge Co. Kildare. Up the Lilly Whites!
Q: Where is your favourite place in the world to visit? (not necessarily running related)
A: Oh wow, so many places - I do love Barcelona, one of my favourite cities. I would like to get back to New Zealand again too.
Q: If you didn't live in Ireland where would you like to live?
Q: How was running in Malta? What sort of training and racing did you do there?
A: If it wasn’t for running I wouldn’t have met so many people during my time in Malta. I joined a local running club and we trained twice a week on a track and met for a long runs on a Sunday which was such a nice way to explore the island. Racing season was from October to May and then there was very little races during the summer months - it was too hot. I took part in road races - 5k, 10k and the Malta half marathon a few times which is the largest running event on the island and attracts lots of runners from abroad. I don’t miss 5:30am runs to beat the sun during the summer months though! Or the hills....they were everywhere!
Q: What makes you excited to be the ladies captain?
A: Our fantastic group of ladies in the club. What a team!! The enthusiasm to race, especially during the gruelling cross country season, is just wonderful! Every place counts girls
Thanks to the amazing work of our coaches we've enjoyed the return to socially distant training, with Tuesday nights on the track, and Saturday mornings in the Phoenix park.
Pre-booking is required.
All details can be found here. We will keep you up to date with any changes that arise due to the further easing of restrictions. Please note, Dublin City Council have informed us that the stadium will remain closed until July 20th. Unfortunately this means there will be no toilet or shower facilities available until they reopen.
Answers to Crusaders Quiz
We are delighted to continue official training sessions, which commenced on Tuesday June 9th. These are organised under the strict Covid-19 guidelines as set out by the Government, Dublin City Council and Athletics Ireland.
Currently we have use of Irishtown track – however the Stadium, which has been closed to date, is opened in a limited capacity. Meaning toilets are available, but you must ask for permission to enter via the reception attendees. This is to ensure social distancing. The shower area is closed for use. Gym facilities have restricted availability, if you require same during usual club training times please email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2 days beforehand.
Before attending any session please check that you do not answer yes to any of the questions in the document HERE
Official training sessions are the only sessions sanctioned by Crusaders AC these will take place:
General Rules for Session:
Club Snr Covid officer - Susan Walsh
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Club Juvenile Covid officer - John Caird
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Tuesday Track Sessions for Senior Distance Runners:
Saturday Sessions for Senior Distance Athletes in Phoenix Park – General rules as above, plus:
Official Training To Recommence – In A Limited Capacity.
We are delighted to be in a position to recommence a limited return to official training sessions from next Tuesday June 9th. These will be organised under the strict Covid-19 guidelines as set out by the Government, Dublin City Council and Athletics Ireland.
From Tuesday 9th June we will have use of Irishtown track – however the Stadium will remain closed meaning NO TOILET, SHOWER, GYM facilities will be available.
For Tuesday 9TH June we intend piloting the track use and therefore numbers will be very limited for these sessions. Thereafter we will strictly adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines including permitted numbers.
Sat & Sun – 9.30 - 12pm
Sprinters – Irishtown Track : Tues – 4.00 – 5.20pm
Sat & Sun – 9.30 - 12 pm
Seniors Distance – Irishtown Track : Tues 5.30 to 8pm
Phoenix Pk : Sat 10 – 11.30am
General Rules for Sessions:
Saturday Sessions for Senior Distance Athletes in Phoenix Park – General rules as above, plus:
We recommend you read and make yourself aware of Athletic Ireland Guidelines in the following links:
Guidance for Clubs
Guidance for Athletes
Guidance for Coaches
If you're completely new to running or returning from a long absence then our couch to 5k program is specially tailored for you. Couch to Docklands 5k is a specialized program that we have developed to help people to be able to run a 5K, the Docklands 5K hence the name. This program is aimed at beginners and novice runners but can also be used for runners returning after an absence from running or injury.
You may have heard of couch to 5k before, this is a similar program but gives you instant access to all the benefits that club runners enjoy, including fully qualified coaches with years of personal and professional experience.
The program over the course of 10 weeks will gradually build up your fitness and ability to run a 5K race. The race in particular is the Docklands 5K, which is very suited for beginners and novice runners as it is a flat and even course.
Couch to 5K
What is Couch to 5K, it is a running program that is aimed at complete beginners with very little or no previous running
experience and or runners returning to running after a period of absence or from injury. We operate out of Irishtown Stadium so we are local to Dublin 4, the Dockland area and the inner city. So we are perfectly located for people who work in town or Docklands area and want to come straight after work. Why sit in the traffic when you can come to us and make the most of your time. If you are looking to get fit and started in running or have a little experience already and would like to improve then our program is perfect for you. Why not give it a go!
Starting April 23rd 2020