Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bohermeen AC run coming up

40th Rennicks Cup 5 Mile Road Race 9th September 2012 This race is sanctioned by AAI and the Meath Athletics Board. The 40th Rennicks Cup and 37th Fr Delany Cup is just around the corner. This years event like last will run a 5k fun run alongside the 5 mile event and will be in aid of the Children's Hosiptal Crumlin. Commemorative Technical T-shirts will be given to the first 200 entrants with sizes guaranteed on a first come first served basis. Usual awards in all grades, event start and post race refreshments etc at Bohermeen Community Centre. On line entries can collect bibs on morning of race from 10am. Further times may be made available as entry grows. Club members will be able to collect bibs on Thursday evening following training at 7pm. Rennicks & Fr Delany Cups History The event has a long and distinguished history. The Rennicks cup was first staged in 1972 when local stone sculptor Attie Rennicks presented a silver cup to Bohermeen AC for the purpose of promoting and developing athletics in the area. The cup is a minature Sam Maguire and was made by the same makers Hopkins & Hopkins of Dublin. The event flourished as a cross country race until 2001 when the foot and mouth epidemic forced the promotion onto the roads and it has been on the tarmac ever since. The sister race the Fr Delany race for ladies was first staged in 1975 when the local PP of Bohermeen parish Fr Patrick Delany presented a cup to the club. He has since many years ago passed on like Attie and now both events stand as a fitting memorials to these fine members of our community. Course The course is quite scenic and enjoying to the eye of both the 5 and 10 mile runner. The 5 mile starts just up the road from Bohermeen community centre which is also race headquarters. The opening mile is relatively flat on the Newline or Famine road built by local labour in 1847. Mile two sees runners pass the former home of late local poet and historian Paddy Hyland. Further on the route runners pass Harry Iretons old house now Niall Monaghan's garage. Now only a stones throw from the now defunct Ardbraccan white quarry suppiler of stones to many great buildings including the custom house in Dublin. As the runners travel into mile 3 and 4 they pass Durhamstown castle the oldest lived in house in Ireland. Into the final mile and passing Bohermeen school and church and here in 1927 the first meeting of Bohermeen AC took place. The course is quite ok a few rises over the M3 and quite flat in parts. Not like Mondello or like Connemara!

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