24thDec…Club Christmas Run

The club held its annual Christmas run on the 24th of December on what was a cold but sunny morning. As in previous years, the run tied in with Grellan McGrath’s run where he runs his age in miles on his birthday…only 49 miles this time!

Proceedings got under way at 4am in Ballincollig with Denis Looney and Alan Foley joining Grellan for the first two hours. Tim McCarthy and Sandra Manning then joined him at 7:45 for the long run into the city to meet the main club run starting at 9am.

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Most club members then proceeded to run down the Marina into Blackrock and along the walkway in Mahon.

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Some did the 5.9 mile loop while others joined Grellan on the run back in towards the city and turning back at various points along the way. A few continued on as far as Ballincollig and the end of the 49 mile run for Grellan…with an average pace of about 8:50 minutes per mile!

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Grellan McGrath in blue after the completion of his 49 mile run

It’s probably safe to say that we’ll see a few more long runs from Grellan in 2015 ;o)

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