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Blackwater 10K 2011

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An overwhelming turnout best describes the 4th year of the Blackwater 10K with approximately 1000 in attendance.  On Sunday, May  15th people of all abilities – the serious runner, leisure fun runner and walker - took up the challenge to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Rossmore Forest Park by completing a 10K walk or run in aid of Monaghan Hospice and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
The Blackwater 10K has certainly become an annual fixture in Monaghan’s Calendar as the event continues to grow in entries each year. Starting off from Monaghan United Football grounds, athletes of all ages lead the way to Rossmore Forest Park.  Walkers followed with the sound of chatter and laughter filling the air in a more relaxed pace with children in pushchairs and all ages taking in the beautiful surrounding and good weather that added to the success of the day.
This large-scale community event kindly received funding from the EU’s programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE III), managed by the Special EU Programmes Body through Monaghan PEACE III and South West Cluster PEACE III Partnership
The great success has been made possible with the strong commitment of the organising committee lead by the Chairman Paul Mc Geown and hard work kindly received by Monaghan Phoenix and Glaslough Harriers Club members, joint applicants for the licence to facilitate race approval by the Athletics Association Ireland. Monaghan Sports Partnership, Blackwater Regional Partnership and all the volunteers that helped before and on the day of the event in registration, refreshments, preparing the track etc.
The Black water committee would take this opportunity to thank the team of volunteers who were dedicated to ensuring everyone had a good time, the kind sponsorship of local businesses, and everyone who came along to assist in marshalling or supporting in any way, these people come every year to offer their assistance and make the work of the committee come to fruition, there are too many to name individually we are very grateful for your help. We will be posting a list of local sponsors who supplied various items for refreshments, cones ,barriers ,etc and all of the facilities and equipment necessary to facilitate this community occasion.
First to pass the finish line had been the boys and girls who entered the 3K Fun Run and as with the more senior athletes on the 10K they also put in a determined effort before returning through the finish line. The finishers in these categories were for the boys Ultan O’Rourke, Johnny McCarron  Andrew McKenna. In the Girls we had Amy Hamill, Shauna Hetherington and Emma Clerkin. Open Runners males Delfim Dimentel and David Sigerdo  came through the line at 34min jointly holding hands to show the true spirit of the race as a competitive event but still holding that community spirit, Karl Kildea came third with Donna Evans the top female followed at 39mins .08 secs.  
Each Juvenile participant received a t-shirt, medal, refreshment pack and lunch on completion of the course, while the senior athletes received a commerative mug plus medals etc. A timely family atmosphere followed with bouncy castles and face painting for all to enjoy.
The committee introduced a corporate team section event at this years race and we were delighted that a lot of companies had friends and family running in the event, we would like to thank  the Four Seasons, Magills and the Hillgrove Hotel for entering teams of employees to the event.
As stated above the committee of the Black Water 10k were delighted with this year event but have to report one very disappointing situation in relation to publishing the times for all athletes with our chip timing provision. The committee were informed after the event by the company requested to provide this facility that they had a malfunction of their equipment. They were requested to release a statement to the organising committee, which is a follows:
‘We sincerely apologise to all participants in the Monaghan Blackwater 10K who did not receive finishing times’. “Unfortunately, the results did not record correctly onto the timing box USB Memory system. After discussing the issue with the manufacturers of the equipment it appears some dirt may gave gotten between the connections on the USB stick preventing a correct recording at the finish. There was no way to know this at the time, as the equipment appeared to be operating correctly. Again we apologise to all the runners for this disappointing outcome.”
On a final note, we are looking forward to the 2012 Blackwater 10k event, we hope to increase the number of participants and provide a great day out for all the family once again. Thank you to the Northern Standard and Northern Sound for their outstanding publicity for the 10k we look forward to working with you over the next year. Below is the list of organisations and suppliers who support annually.
The Blackwater 10K committee thank the following organisations for their sponsorship and support:

Glaslough Harriers, Monaghan Phoenix, Monaghan Sports Partnership, Monaghan Town Council, Blackwater Regional Patnership, Monaghan United Grounds, Monaghan Shopping Centre, Squealing Pig, Finbar McKenna Sports Rehabilitation, Donna Toal Sports & Physical Therapy Clinic, Scout Hall, Coillte – Rossmore Forest Park, Sean McCaffrey, Tables from Emyvale Community Centre.
Suppliers: Glendun, CA Promotions, Co-op, Coolshannagh, FanningsBakery, Bragan Water, Java Republic (Malachy McMeniman), Gardai, Civil Defense, Desmond Murray, McQuid’s, Century Homes/Kingspan, Graham Furniture,Terry McElvany,  Shabra Plastics, Tumble ‘n’ Fun,   SMP Plant Hire, Armagh Sports & Trophies, O’Donnell’s Fruit, KHG Hire, Leeron & David (DJ), Chemists for goodies,  McElvaney Motors, Master Deerys.