5K’S TO MARATHON MAJORS!

The year so far……..

Coach Ray with the begunners on their last training session

Coach Ray with the begunners on their last training session

Its been an eventful and exciting few months in MTR circles since the new year begun. We started the year with a new intake of beginners and our coaches Ray, Ann Marie, James and Cheryl were hard at work on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings in our Couch to Crocus 5K program. Over the 9 weeks the participants were helped achieve a new level of fitness that culminated in there completion of the St. Patricks Day 5k in aid of Crocus. The 5k event in its second year has raised much needed funds for Crocus, a cancer support service in Monaghan. With almost €4000 raised the event was a great success.

Mr J with Michelle Moffet from Crocus

Mr J with Michelle Moffet from Crocus

The people of Monaghan showed their support in the numbers that entered and in the those that lined the streets to cheer on the athletes.  Monaghan Town Runners would like to thank the Mens Shed, Oliver McCullagh for kindly donating his race clock and gantry, Frank McEneaney from Westenra Arms Hotel, Gerry Campbell and all the stewards.

Marathon Majors…

Alan McKeown, Raymond Aughey and James Campbell with fellow runners from Newry in Boston

Alan McKeown, Raymond Aughey and James Campbell with fellow runners from Newry in Boston

Our experienced runners have also been competing worldwide. Three MTR’s made the journey to the USA to compete in the Boston Marathon. Under some tough conditions the boys finished in some great times. Well done to Alan McKeown, Raymond Aughey and James Campbell on running a great race. And congratulations to James on completing all 6  Marathon Majors. An immense task that has taken alot of dedication and training.

Another MTR competed in the London Marathon last week. Oli Gleeson ran the first of his Marathon majors. Before he left Oli described what he loves about running 26.2 miles

 From Oli Gleeson

My love for marathons started way back when my father used to bring myself and my two brothers to Raheny to cheer on all the runners. The old Dublin city marathon route used to go through the Northside after the Pheonix park. I used to be very active back then. I ran track and field races as well as swimming seven days a week. I played squash and tennis as well as golf.

About ten years ago I bought a border collie. On my first walk I got about a kilometre in and I had to sit down on a wall knackered. It was a bit of a shock remembering how fit I used to be. It was then when I decided to get fit again. I walked the legs off Keila my dog. I started to get bored walking so I started to run. I met my wife shortly after that. She had just run her second Dublin marathon. She inspired and encouraged me to give one a go.

Oli Gleeson with Aisling after completing the London Marathon

Oli Gleeson with Aisling after completing the London Marathon

Marathons are one of the few sports were you can line up in the same race as olympic champions, world champions and world record holders. It’s an exciting time for marathons as there is a big possibility of the sub two hour being broken in the next few years. It would be amazing to be at the start line for that race. Maybe it might happen at the 2015 London marathon? Although, it will more than likely be the Berlin marathon route.

The London marathon will be my 11th marathon. It will be my first of the marathon majors. I hope someday I’ll get to go to Boston, Chicago, Tokyo, New York and Berlin to complete all six majors.  Training is going very well and is being helped along by the help of all the amazing Monaghan Town Runners.

Thanks Oli and well done.

Dermot McDermot and Oli Gleeson at London Expo

Dermot McDermot and Oli Gleeson at London Expo

Oli also ran into another MTR. Dermot

Catherine McAviney holding her Belfast Marathon medal

Catherine McAviney holding her Belfast Marathon medal

McDermot (left) was at the London Marathon Expo with Saucony.

And finally well done to our club chairperson, Catherine McAviney (right) on her completion of the Belfast city Marathon at the weekend.

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