Ger scores a London medal after completing ‘home run’!
THREE MEMBERS of Menapians AC, who were due to travel to the UK at the start of March for half marathons in Bath and London, found themselves grounded due to the Beast from the East but refused to let their good training go to waste.
However, the circumstances resulted in one local runner receiving a medal for the London half marathon – without leaving the country!
Ger Mulhall was due to run the Big Half in London while Tadhg Henderson and Helen Sinnott had been set to take part in the Bath half marathon, along with a few other club members.
However, due to the snow and storm, all ferries and flights to the UK were cancelled. The Bath event was cancelled but the Big Half went ahead with reduced numbers as many participants were unable to travel. Organisers of the Big Half organised a ‘virtual’ run for those unable to get to London and Ger took this opportunity.
Ger, who is also the PRO for Menapians, said: ‘We could record the run on the Strava app and submit it in order to receive the medal and t-shirt. So, in order not to let the training for the previous months go to waste, we ran the half marathon distance around Wexford after the snow had melted.’
Menapians Athletic Club was founded in 2001 with the aim of providing an opportunity for all to participate in athletics. The club has over 200 members of all abilities ranging in age from seven up to 70. The club is currently finalising plans for their annual 5k road race in July.
BELOW: Coach Mick McKeon with Helen Sinnott, Ger Mullhall and Tadhg Henderson.