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Week ending Saturday 10th April


Virtual Table Quiz proves a big hit

Thanks to everyone who supported our fundraising virtual table quiz last Friday night, which was conducted using Zoom. Fifty teams had entered but some doubled up on the night thanks to the wonders of modern technology, so nearly forty teams and groups took part, drawn from the four corners of the County and beyond, and we even had an entry from England. Congratulations to the winners, in particular Pat Muldoon’s team who scored a whopping 98 points out of 100. Special thanks to Michael O’Sullivan for his customary eclectic mix of questions that provided great entertainment as always for everyone. Doing a virtual table quiz was quite a novel experience and when the answer sheet was completed for each round, each team had only a limited time to send a photo by WhatsApp to Philip Burke and Clare O’Donnell who did Trojan work in the background checking and scoring everyone’s sheets, which was quite a task with so many sheets to check; this type of selfless support is what makes Mullingar Harriers the great Club that it is. We had so many generous donations of spot prizes that while it wasn’t quite one for everyone in the audience, we could give a spot prize to half the teams, which is always a nice bonus. The proceeds of the quiz will go towards the new all-weather track.

Medley Road League Continues

Round five of the Virtual Medley Road League took place last week-end. It was originally scheduled for Easter Monday, but because the forecast on Monday was for very windy cold weather, many ran their 5k on Saturday or Sunday instead when conditions were much more favourable for running. At least that was the excuse given and not that they were fearful of the effects of overindulgence in Easter eggs if they left it to Monday! To allow time for the usual age-grading adjustments to be made and just in case anyone decided to brave the elements on Monday, we’ll hold off reporting the results until next week.

Fingers crossed for a return to group training

We were all rightly heartened by the Government announcement last Tuesday that from the end of April, subject to prevailing public health conditions, outdoor sports facilities can reopen and underage non-contact outdoor training in pods of 15 or fewer can restart. This is great news for our underage members and we’ll be delighted to see them back training at the Club in a few weeks time. It’s only for our underage members initially but we’re hoping that the adult members will be allowed to return not long after. Fingers crossed that we don’t hit a speed bump and the date has to move out.

Check the Club’s website at www.mullingarharriers.com or its Facebook page for all the latest news.