Milford AC 3km Handicap
The club will hold its annual 3km club handicap road race on Monday 28th December, starting at 1pm. Registration is from 11:45am in the clubhouse. Start is at Bernard Nash’s house on the Milford Road, and follows the usual 5km route finishing at the council offices.
The handicap race was a traditional Christmas type of event that incorporates a bit of fun into the still competitive side. The weaker runner get a head start on the faster runner, based on current or near past form. The optimal result is to have everyone finish together or nearly together, and that’s where the fun element comes in as there can be much lamenting of the handicapper, before the start or even more so at the finish!
The first six across the line receive prizes with spot prizes on offer to many others in raffle form. Refreshments and presentation in the Travellers Inn, Milford afterwards.
Other events over the festive period
The Annual Finn Valley AC 5km takes place on Boxing Day starting at 12pm. The original Boxing Day run still takes place in Cranford, although now held in cross country form in the Cranford Park, and not the traditional road 4 miles, as in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s
The New Year’s Day Run/Walk in aid of Crumlin Hospital will take place as usual in Downings starting at 12pm from the “Singing Pub”. The Atlantic Drive route is almost 13km, and is a good way to refresh body and mind with the breeze from the Atlantic Ocean after the New Year’s Eve celebrations!
There will be no juvenile club training until the schools re-open in the New Year.
There will be no senior group training on Thursday 24th (Christmas Eve). There will be no senior group training on Sunday 27th as the 3km handicap is on Monday 28th. Training will continue on Tuesday 29th (hill session). No group training on Thursday, New Year’s Eve as many are doing the Atlantic Drive (13km run) on New Year’s Day. Training will resume as normal on Sunday 3rd January.
Couch to 5km
The 2016 couch to 5km programme will start on Monday 18th January at 7:30pm. Further detail in the New Year.
The club extends thanks to everyone who helped make 2015 the most successful to date, and extends a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all and hopefully we can build on the past success for the Olympic Year of 2016.