Ger scores a Lon­don medal af­ter com­plet­ing ‘home run’!

Wexford People - - NEWS -

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.

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