Ballingarry hosts county junior and masters road championships

The County Junior and Masters Road Championships take place on Sunday, April 7 in Ballingarry, promoted by Coolquill Athletic Club.

The County Junior and Masters Road Championships take place on Sunday, April 7 in Ballingarry, promoted by Coolquill Athletic Club.

The venue is the Presentation Convent, Ballingarry.

The Junior 3k Women and Men race will get proceedings underway at 12 noon followed immediately by the Master Women and Men’s 6k race. Eligibility for the Junior races are that athletes must be over 16 and Under 20 on December 31 in the Competition Year and it is three to score on both the Ladies and Men’s teams. In the Master race there will be individual competition for both Women and Men athletes over 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 and 65 with medals for the 1st 3 in all categories. In the team event there will be two competitions for the women, an over 35 team competition and an over 45 team competition with three to score on each team in both competitions. In the Men’s there will be an over 35 competition with four to score and an over 50 competition with three to score.

Last year Cliona Doyle and Jack Allen achieved a Clonmel double when winning both Junior races with Clonmel AC winning the Junior Men’s team title. In the Master Ladies the winners were Martina O’Dwyer of Carrick on Suir in the over 35 category, Angela McCann of Clonmel winning the over 40 title, Una Redfern of Clonmel winning the 0/45 title and Bernie Hopkins of Clonmel the over 50 title. Clonmel won both Ladies Inter Club titles. In the Men’s race the winners were David Ryan, Clonmel 1st over 35, Willie O’Dwyer of Dundrum winning the over 40 title, Derek Nolan of Clonmel winning the over 45 title, Michael Moore of Dundrum won the 0/50 title, Matt Alexander 1st over 55 and Eddie Cahalan of Coolquill 1st over 60 with Myles McHugh of Clonmel winning the over 65 title. In the over 35 team event Clonmel won the Gold medals while Dundrum won the over 50 team title.

This year’s races will also be very competitive especially in the two Master races. Fixtures

Over the summer months there are a number of races organised by Tipperary Athletic Clubs and they all have Athletic Ireland Race Permits. We would encourage all athletes to support these races as they are well organised by the Clubs and they are an important source of revenue for the Clubs, who plough the funds back into the sport for the development of the sport in their local area. Here is a list of races schedules to take place soon, for more details please check the County Athletic Website at www.tipperaryathletics.com

26th April, Faugheen 5K Road Race 7.30pm

1st May Cahir 4 Mile Road Race 7.30pm

10th May Tom Jordan 5 Mile Road Race 7.30pm

12th May Annerville 10K Road Race 2.00pm

24th May Poulmucka 5K / 8K Road Races 7.30pm

29th May Walls of Fethard 4 Mile Road Race 8.00pm