Cool, overcast but otherwise ideal conditions greeted the 145 runners of widely varying abilities at the starting line for the annual An Ríocht AC Run Rudolph Run 5K at Rice’s Height at 11am on Sunday morning.
There in the mix were the people who set out to win and the people who set out to complete the course. Both types set their watches at the start and stop them at the finish.
Both types got medals and their own kind of satisfaction from the same race over the same ground. Both are equally valued by the race organisers and there was as much applause, maybe more, for the last as there was for the first home.
And there was no difference in the mince pies or the porter cake both types ate or in the tea or coffee they drank in the clubhouse afterwards.
A bit like the line from the song The Red Rose Cafe: ‘all there were so happy to the there.’
And some slightly sad that a great year of camaraderie and effort and participation had come to an end.
Hectic Happy Weekend
But glad at the news that their efforts and participation was all going towards the resurfacing of the track in the new year.
The club members had just come through a hectic happy weekend with their Snowed In and they were all out in force again on Sunday morning looking after their valued, road pounding 5K club members and participants.
Mega Sale 2017
There’s more to do: On this Thursday, December 8th the club’s Mega Sale for 2017 membership will take place. For that one day only, adult membership for the 12 months will be cut to €250 and students/oap’s to €200.
“This will include membership to the gym, track and relaxation suite as well as a range of free and discounted classes.
To guarantee a great start to 2017 the club instructors will design a personalised first programme for you which can be updated every six weeks,” said manager, Kate McSweeney.
“Member’s class rates have also been cut with no class now costing over €5 and morning classes at 7am and 9.30 totally free of charge to those who sign up for this great deal.
Exciting Year Ahead
“It should be a very exciting year to be a member of An Ríocht AC as we hope to push through with the track resurfacing project, which will see Europe’s third dual tone track coming to Castleisland,” said Ms. McSweeney.
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