Race 2 of the Eagle AC Summer Series ( Virtual Edition) was another great success with exactly 80 members logging their 5 mile runs from Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th June.
With the 5k limit now removed this race gave a chance for some training partners to re-unite and run together which was great to see!
Like Race 1 there was a variety of different reasons for running this time round – some used it to race, some to catch up with friends and family, and some to check progress with recovery from injuries. Photos from this months run can be found here –https://www.flickr.com/photos/125872653@N04/sets/72157714794992261/
Choosing to race certainly paid off for Sandra Manning, Karen Bevan, Martin Daly and Glenn Kenneally who we heard all claimed new 5 Mile PBs this time around! Tim McCarthy had a great run also, taking over 2 minutes of his Race 1 time. Looks like Tim is well on the road to recovery from recent injuries which is great to see! It’s brilliant to see Geraldine Corcoran back in the Eagle singlet also and we wish her continued success with her comeback. Special mention this time around to Tom Fox also who manged to run Race no. 2 in the exact same time as Race no. 1 – we’ll have to reserve a special spot prize for you Tom if you manage to run the same time for races 3 and 4 also! Frank Cotter used this race to perfect his selfie game also as well as recording a great 5 mile run!
The club will be donating at least €1 for each run logged throughout the series to Fota Wildlife Park. The Covid-19 crisis of course meant that the park had to close its gates for a prolonged period of time. A large portion of it’s income comes from daily visitors and this of course, has been hugely impacted over the last few months. The cost of feeding the 135 species of animals in the park alone is approximately €30,000 a month. The money raised from our Summer Series will go directly towards the feeding bill and operational costs of the park. As well as the donation from the club, a GoFundMe page has been set up, where members can pay a voluntary race entry fee for each of the remaining races in the series. The suggested fee is €5 but any amount, big or small would be greatly appreciated. A big thank you to all members who have donated so far. Between both members and club donations we have currently raised almost €600 for Fota. The GoFundMe page can be found here for those who wish to donate – https://gf.me/u/x86vm7
With all that said, prize draw for Race no. 2 was made on Sunday morning and this months winners are :
Trevor O’Donovan – €20 voucher – The Edge Sports
Dan Kelleher – €20 voucher – The Edge Sports
Pat O’Connor – €15 voucher – The Edge Sports
Jacqueline Slyne – €10 voucher – The Edge Sports
There was an extra draw this time round for all those members who donated to Fota Wildlife Park through our Go Fund Me page. The winner of this draw was Joe Murphy. Well done to Joe who has won a family day pass for Fota Wildlife Park.
Well done to our winners! Dan, you should buy a lotto ticket – you seem to be on a bit of a lucky streak these days! Don’t worry to those who lost out – lots more prizes to be won over the remaining races in the series!
A massive thanks to both The Edge Sports Shop and Fota Wildlife Park for their very generous sponsorship of prizes. It is really very much appreciated.
The 3rd race in the series will run from July 15th -17th and we hope that it will prove just as popular and successful as the first 2 races. Thanks to all for their continued support of the series.