CrossFit Perpetua vs CrossFit Dublin: The John Mehigan Cup
Saturday 21 June 2014 marked the first chapter of the inaugural John Mehigan Cup, hosted by the awesome looking gym across the pond, CrossFit Dublin.
John was a close friend of both gyms who sadly passed away this year after a long battle with a brain tumour. Pricey explains here why we’ve chosen to name our trophy after him.
“John was a modern day warrior. Life handed him the short straw and his response was to meet it head on with humour, grit and acceptance. His courage will never be forgotten, it was something I was lucky enough to witness. He knew exactly who he was and I loved him for it. That’s why we honour him with this home and away throw-down between CrossFit Dublin and CrossFit Perpetua”.
On to the day itself…. With CFP taking two teams to the party, CFD were representing hard with 6 crews ready to go. The scene was set for a tight comp with plenty of twists and turns along the way.
The announcement of the first WOD was met with a mix of smiles and frowns. Athletes quickly began doing their sums and planning their strategies to come up with the biggest clean and jerk total they could in 24 minutes. Each athlete had just 8 short minutes to hit and go beyond their PB’s in an adrenalin-fuelled half hour. A big mention to the Perpetua PB-setters, Alex, Kyla and Becky who all stood up big numbers when it mattered. When all the counting was done, both CFP teams were well in the hunt holding the 2nd and 3rd spot, but it was a CFD team of Price, Long and Headon that had set the pace with some big scores.
On to WOD 2 then, but first there were more tactics to be discussed. Much more. Each team was faced with a long chipper containing med ball runs, deadlifts, box jump-overs, toes-to-bar, thrusters, HRPU’s and finally pull-ups. It was time to shine for the CFP teams who went toe-to-toe from the first med ball run to the last pull up. When the dust settled the team of Price, Osborn and Hamilton had come out on top by seconds ahead of Illiano, Harland and Pina. Either way, Perpetua had struck back in a big way and ensured that the John Mehigan Cup was going down to the wire…
3 teams equal on 4 points, 2 from CFP, went at it in the final heat of the last WOD: A 3-workout relay where each athlete took on a separate workout before handing over to the next. Some tactics needed of course but by now each athlete was running on reserves which meant powers of recovery and heart were going to be a big factor.
Team CFD along with Illiano, Harland and Pina set the early pace but Price, Hamilton and Osborn struck back in a tightly fought contest. It slowly became apparent that CFD weren’t to be caught but the battle for second was going all the way. A blistering first 2 workouts set the stage for a showdown between Price and Pina in a race to the finish in what else but Fran! After a rep-for-rep first round, experience prevailed as Price, Osborn and Hamilton ran out winners to take the runners-up spot by a whisker with all athletes left in a heap on the floor.
Big congratulations to winners Davy Price, former CFP athlete Jess Long (moral victory for us there) and Jamie Headon, and to everyone who competed and played a part in an awesome event.
The athletes recovered with a pretty chilly dip in the clear Irish sea, just what the doctor ordered for tired legs, followed by an evening recalling the day’s events over a casual tequila or two. Cheers Vin.
It was the perfect end to an awesome weekend and the perfect start to what is certain to become a regular fixture in the Perpetua calendar. Look out for details of the next instalment which will see the Londoners play host to the crew from Dublin who’ll be looking to keep hold of the John Mehigan trophy, while the Londoners will look to get their revenge.