by Tara Burke
Race 2 of the Meet & Train league was held last Sunday hosted by our own Sportsworld along with Brothers Pearse in Tymon Park. There were some mixed emotions pre-race with some runners still scarred from Avondale the previous week while others were enthused with their new spikes to test run, (myself included). The race was run over 2 miles with 2 laps of 3 fields making up the course. There were some slight inclines, a few mucky patches, and some mats covering the pathway along the way, to keep things interesting.
Sportsworld had 24 ladies making up 5 of the 29 teams competing with all runners pulling out a great performance. Aoife Carroll again going for gold and completing the course in a brilliant time of 12:15, leading the A team to the top of the leader board with just 2 races left to run. A referee was needed at the finish line on one or two occasions but the pro-marshals of Sportsworld kept things under control.
It was great to have so much support on the course with all of the Sportsworld marshals cheering us on and taking some great action shots. All of the support spurred on great results from each of the runners. The post- race analysis was enjoyed alongside some lovely refreshments supplied by Brother Pearse in Faughs GAA club, where Amanda and Browyn were each awarded one of the elusive spot prizes.
A special mention to everyone that was involved in organizing the event, setting out the course, and filling the very many rabbit holes (a first for Meet & Train!), it was a great event enjoyed by everyone that took part which wouldn’t have been made possible without that effort. Looking forward to seeing how the next 2 races unfold!