The Blackwater now annual 10k run/walk brought the crowds out on a pleasant day and
over 1,000 runners and walkers checked in and began the run/walk shortly after 12
noon. HQ was at Monaghan United grounds and Gortakeegan and the route was out to
and through Rossmore Park. Serious athletes went off at a hefty pace while the less
serious and the casual walker, some with children in buggies, set off at their own
pace. Just 33 minutes later the first runner was back in sight at the finish line
and it was Patrick Cassidy from Glaslough. He was closely followed by another Glaslough
runner, Caoimhin Kelly and third was last year’s winner. The lady’s race was won
by Cathy McCourt from Belfast with a time of 36 minutes and she was followed home
by Donna Evans from Monaghan Phoenix.
There was a mass of North Monaghan participants and the Jolly Joggers were there
in force. Unfortunately their leader, Geraldine, suffered an injury while not half
way round the circuit and she had to return to base in obvious pain. We wish her
a very speedy recovery as the Joggers would not be the same without her. Some claimed
that it was the old time waltz and Jive she did with a photographer prior to the
start which did the damage and she has been advised to select a different method
of warm-up in future.
Congratulations to all the participants and indeed to the very hard-working committee
who set the whole thing up and to them and the big army of helpers who made sure
that everything ran smoothly on the day.
Cathy McCourt is daughter of the famous Belfast boxer - Jim McCourt and I had the
pleasure of a long chat with him while the run was in progress. He had amazing stories
and great recall of great experiences and famous people he met. Jim was a member
of the Irish Boxing team on 56 occasions and won a Bronze medal at the 1964 Olympics,
He was Captain of the Irish Boxing team at the Mexico Olympics in 1968. I thoroughly
enjoyed the chat.