Powerstown racecourse is the venue this Sunday for the County Intermediate Ladies 5k and Men’s 8K Cross Country Championships which will be held after the County Juvenile Uneven Age groups titles have been decided.
Eligibility for these Championships is that athletes must be 20 years of age on the 31st of December 2013. All Athletes except the previous 5 individual winners of these Championships, so the 2007 winners of these Championships are eligible to compete in this year’s event provided they haven’t won the County Senior Cross Country title. Also any athlete from outside the Country of Ireland, who has not competed at Senior level in Ireland, for at least one year, is ineligible. The Ladies 5k will start at approx 2pm with the Men’s 8K following immediately afterwards.
Back to the competition, we were treated to two great races at the recent County Novice Cross Country Championships promoted by Moyne Athletic Club. We had 43 ladies competing and 52 men competing, so hopefully we will get a similar response from all the Clubs again on Sunday in Clonmel. In the Ladies race we had a clear cut winner of the Novice title with Carmel Fitzgibbon of Thurles Crokes a convincing winner with Niamh Hennessy of Templemore winning the Silver medal and Clare Devitt of Dundrum the Bronze medal. These three will once again play a prominent role in Sunday’s race while other athletes that will figure include Clare Annan of Carrick on Suir and the Clonmel duo of Aine Roche and Catherine Rice as well as Catherine Kelly of Dundrum who won the Silver medal in last year’s race. In the team event Clonmel will be hoping to retain the title they won at the Turnpike last year as they can call upon the above mentioned athletes as well as Johanna Lacy, Donna Nagle and Fiona Barlow. They will face tough competition from Dundrum who will also be able to call upon the above mentioned athletes as well as Mary Keane and Mairead O Connor. Thurles Crokes will also be strong contenders as they will be going all out to add this title to the Inter Club Novice title won in Moyne and they will be looking to athletes like Carmel Fitzgibbon, Emma Carey, Jacqueline Hughes and Lyndsey Dooley. Moyne will be looking to athletes like Edel Leahy, Frances Long, Brigid Gleeson and Trish Campion to carry their colours to glory. Moore Abbey Milers will also be trying to build on their Bronze winning performances in the Novice as they will call on such athletes like Mairead Mulcahy, Martina Moloney and Maire O Shea. Clubs like Nenagh Olympic, Templemore and Carrick on Suir are all capable of a podium position if they get all their athletes out to compete. The race is 5k which is approx 2 and a half laps of the Powerstown circuit.
The Men’s race will also be a competitive event. The County Novice Champion Stuart Moloney of Moore Abbey Milers won the title convincingly with a great last 2 laps. On Sunday he will again face tough competition from David Mansfield (Clonmel) and Andrew Smyth (Coolquill), the County Novice Silver and Bronze medallists. Sunday’s race will be approx 4 laps of the Powerstown circuit. They will face good competition from athletes like William Maunsell (Clonmel), Donal Keane and Martin Keane (Dundrum), Danny Smith (Ballynonty), William Hughes (Thurles Crokes) and Patrick Roche (Carrick on Suir). In the team event Dundrum will be going for 4 in a row, they would be going for 9 in a row only for Thurles Crokes denying them in 2009. Dundrum will be looking to athletes like Donal and Martin Keane, James Ryan, Willie O Dwyer and Ruaidhri Devitt to retain the Cup. Thurles Crokes will be looking to athletes like William Hughes, Shane Mullaney, Patrick Hughes, John Fitzgibbon and Liam Shanahan to bring home the Cup. Clonmel will be looking to William Maunsell, David Mansfield, Paudie O Keeffe, Ian Purcell and John Walsh to lift the Cup for the first time. Coolquill will also be aiming to do the Cup double and add this Cup to the County Novice title they won recently in Moyne. They can call upon Andrew Smyth, Dermot Logue, Michael Carey and Ross Alexander to guide them to glory. Clubs like Moore Abbey Milers, Ballynonty, Moyne, Moycarkey Coolcroo, Nenagh Olympic and Carrick on Suir are all capable of a podium position if they get all their athletes out competing. Roll on Sunday where we should witness two great Championship races in Clonmel.
Munster Cross Country Championships
Clubs please note that the Munster Novice Cross Country Championships takes place in Beaufort on Sunday 27th October, closing date for entries is this Friday, 18th October. Also please note that eligibility for these Championships has changed from last year. This year only the individual Gold medallists of this or any higher Munster Cross Country Championship are in eligible.