Quilty is a beautiful seaside town in County Clare wtih an incredibly historic running tradition. Its 4-mile classic road race has been in operation for far longer than the Dublin Marathon. Last year Craughwell ran it with one of the best teams we ever fielded and came 3rd team out of 100 runners. More or less that same team went to Dublin to run the National 10k in Phoenix Park and came first in the vets and would have been 3rd overall that day too out of 10,000 runners (first in the vets). This is some measure of the quality of the race which has made it one of our firm favourites that gets automatic priority in the calendar.
This year on a beautiful if blustery Sunny day, Craughwell did one better and came 2nd overall – within a hairs breath of winning. It was a historic day for the club as Peadar Harvey made the leap to the Senior squad, running a superb 22:21 to come home 9th overall for 2nd Junior, just 2 seconds behind Craughwell's mark of excellence Martin Corcoran who won his category as usual again. Peter O'Sullivan (6th) led the team home in 22:04. another debut for the Club was from Paul Keane who has just transferred and took home a prize as 9th Senior in 22:51.
The overall race was a cracking battle this year with only 2 seconds splitting Liam Markham and Kenneth Rogers. I remember Kenneth coming up to me a few years ago in Annaghdown grilling me about what kind of training I was doing – big changes there, amazing improvements from the popular clareman!