The good weather is back! that must mean it is time to get off your ass and back out training with the club. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t done anything in ages – start off slowly and build it up. By the end of the month you will be flying it again! Why not sign yourself up for a triathlon? Commit yourself to doing some training and reap the benefits in the summer. Start with our
Monday Track Running: Our Monday track session continues this evening in the CBS at 6:15pm. The CBS grounds should be a lot drier now so getting your runners dirty is no longer a valid excuse! Make it your business to be there.
Nenagh CC Juniors: There will be a junior training day (for all juniors) next Saturday, March 15th in the CBS school. Thursday training for the older juniors continues at 4:30 from the CBS.
Nenagh CC: the official club launch is on Sunday, March 22nd in the CBS hall.
Donations: The club would like to thank Peter Bane for donating plenty of gear for the junior cycling team. It really helps them out a lot! Rás donations continue to come in too so thanks to everyone for your generosity.
Weekend Racing: It was another busy weekend of racing action for the club, with 31 club members taking part in some event. First up on Saturday was the Dromineer Duathlon which we reported on already. There was also a bike race and cross country on Saturday. Sunday was a big day for our cyclists:
- Rás Naomh Finian: Gary Scully and Kevin Sherlock made the trip to Clonard for this race. Gary Took part in the A1/A2 race but didn’t quite make it into the points on this occasion. Kevin got a bit closer in the A4 race but with the top 8 scoring Kevin could only manage a 9th place finish. Both commented that it was a tough day on the bike due to the strong cross winds on the bike. Those of us that took part in the duathlon can testify to that!
- AVIVA Irish Schools Cross Country Championships: Darren Dunne took part in these all Ireland finals down in Cork and once again did the club proud. Darren finished in 10th overall in the senior boys race while racing against lads that were mostly 1 or 2 years older than him.
- Rás Luimní: This was the big race of the weekend and every year it proves to be a tough test. This year was no different. The club had 9 club members at this event and it proved to be a mixed bag of results – we had the good the bad and the ugly. The event kicked off with the A1/A2 race pulling out first for a 125km cycle. Gary Scully, Shane Scully, Simon Ryan and Alan Loftus were representing the club in the main event. The race proved to be very difficult with an average speed of over 42km per hour for the 78 miles. This was enough to send Shane out the back of the bunch on the 71 mile mark (click to read Shane’s race report). The other 3 lads remained in the bunch and all 3 finished inside the top 20 in the end. In the A3 race, Bob Murray continued his impressive early season form finishing in 2nd for the second week in a row and with that he secured a promotion up to the A1/A2 division. In the A4 race, there were high hopes for our 4 club members Kenneth Kennedy, Keith Butler, Eoin Woolley, and Graham Prendergast. All was going to plan until 1km from the finish line when a bunch crash finished any chance the lads have of doing well. Eoin Managed to squeeze through a gap but the front few were well in the distance by then. Graham had a nasty fall but thankfully his hard head saved the day! Sinnead Oakes, racing for the North Tipp Wheelers, took part in the women’s race which set off with the A4 bunch and battled well to take the victory.
- Loughrea: the club has just one participant in this race, with Anita Egan lining up in only her 2nd ever race. Anita didn’t have much luck on the day but it is only early days of the season yet.
Did anyone else race? as always the club would love to know if any of our members were racing. We always miss out on a few. Send Shane a quick text anytime you are racing so he can give you a mention. We know that we already have a number of shhhnakes in the club, so you are fooling nobody!!