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  • Writer's pictureBarra Oconnell

Eagle AC '12 Runs of Christmas' - Week 2

Our '12 Runs of Christmas' Series 2020 continued this week with Week 2 of the challenge taking place. Well over 50 members have logged runs in the series so far which is great to see.

As members have found out by now, each of the 12 runs over the month have a seasonal theme and incorporate a mixture of fun novelty runs and more serious interval/ tempo sessions!! On the menu for this week ( Monday 30th November to Sunday 6th December) were runs 4-6 ……

#4. Cruising towards Christmas: It's a Christmas Tempo; warm up for 2 miles- 'Blitzen' it for 1 minute on/off X 12 repeats, & cool down. Aim for 5-10k pace for your 'Blitzen' minute and cruise through your 1 min recovery.

#5. Dashing through the Snow/ Baby it's cold outside/ Rudolf the red-nosed 'Raindeer'.... Can you see where I'm going with this one ? It's a 10k run/ 5k walk to challenge the senses, snow/ice/wind/rain, when the going gets tough the tough get going! And of course they find a Christmas themed song to describe their run!

#6. Festive Traditions: This one's for you to choose; what run makes you happy, what route helps you to find your magic, what pace hits the pleasure zone? Run it, Share it & let us know your festive favourites!!

Anne running through Ballincollig Park

Top mention this week must go to our trio of Olga O'Sullivan, Grellan McGrath and Siobhan Holland who ran a Christmas Marathon in aid of LauraLynn Children’s Hospice and Pieta House yesterday morning in what were very cold and windy conditions!! The 3 chose this run as the 'Festive Traditions' run - the run that makes you happy! Even 26.2 miles didn't make Grellan happy enough though it seems and he threw in an extra couple of miles at the end for good measure!! Mike McGrath joined the crew yesterday morning for 15 miles and Elaine Guinane joined in for 10 - we're sure the company was very much appreciated!




A wide range of other runs, routes and paces were chosen by other club members as their 'Festive Traditions' run. Damian Kenneally chose the route of the first ever run he completed, Paul Cotter headed to Kilworth Woods, Aoife Cooke chose her favourite city loop of exactly 8 miles and Trevor O Donovan headed to 'The Farm' for some muddy laps! It was great to see running groups reuniting ( in a socially distanced way) again over the weekend also! Karen, John Sheehan, Glenn, Finbarr and Catherine were an example of one of these happy group reunions! :-) Long runs are always easier with company- their 16 miles flew by we heard!

Paul Cotter running a 'magic' route in Kilworth Woods

A number of new Christmas classics were also penned over Week 2 as members logged Run #5 - Christmas themed 5k walk or 10k run. A few highlights include 'The Fairytale of Blackrock', 'The Little Runner Boy', 'Running Home for Christmas', 'I'm Dreaming of a Wild Christmas' , 'Baby it's (very very) Cold Outside' and 'Happy Christmas ('Covid' War is Nearly Over)' !

We had 2 spot prizes this week also for best dressed pet for Christmas - these prestigious prizes went to Olga's pet cats and David's pet snail!! Well done guys! Vouchers for 'The Edge Sports' winging their way to ye!

Well done and thank you to all those who have logged runs this week. Anyone who has not done so yet, please send details on as soon as possible to Elaine, Karen, Mairead or Ruairi. Find the Flickr album for Week 2 here... Thanks to Derek for putting this together.

Week 3 will begin tomorrow and Karen will send out runs number 7-9 this evening. A reminder to all to please send all three runs of each week together, before Sunday evening each week. This allows you a little flexibility mid-week to fit in the three runs, and we can compile them each week then.

Remember that everyone who completes the series will be in with a chance of winning one of 2 running hampers, worth over €100 each. We will also have some spot prizes along the way, so even if you can’t manage all 12 runs, please consider participating in any way you can!

Tamara, Damien and Lola logging some miles!

This is a free event with the emphasis on motivation and connection as a club. However if possible we would encourage people to make a voluntary contribution of €12 to a charity that has come to fore in the running community recently- Warren’s fight against Hurler Syndrome Warren’s family are very active on the Cork running scene. Any amount that members could contribute, we are sure would be very much appreciated.

Happy running all and enjoy Week 3! And please, as always, adhere to all current HSE guidelines restrictions whilst logging runs.

Ruby is exhausted after Week 2's runs!

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