The Carraig Hotel Deadman’s 5 mile road race was held in glorious sunshine in Carrick-on-Suir on Friday evening. A field of 177 athletes lined up for this race which is the third of five races in the hugely popular OutfieldSports.ie Three Counties Challenge. The race started at the historic Ormonde Castle and passed along the town’s Main Street before looping around to head out into the country. Even as the field passed the one-mile marker at the Cregg Road railway crossing, Alan O’Shea from Bantry AC had established a clear lead in the men’s race while Siobhan O’Doherty from Borrisokane, winner of the Flora Women’s Mini-Marathon in Dublin on Monday, had taken the advantage in the ladies’ race. It quickly became clear that these two athletes were not going to be reeled in and, in fact, both ran out very convincing winners.
Frank Quinlan (Waterford AC) and David Ryan (Clonmel AC) had a great battle for second spot with Frank eventually proving the stronger. In the ladies’ race, Dympna Ryan (Dundrum AC) was second ahead of Angela McCann (Clonmel AC) who had taken second place in the Cork City Marathon on Monday.
Carrick AC’s first finisher was Daragh Byrne who took the O/40 first prize while Emer O’ Brien led home the host club’s ladies who took the team prize.
Carrick AC would like to thank all who helped to make this race such a great success. We are particularly grateful to the Carraig Hotel for the continued generous sponsorship of the race since its inception. Thanks also to Alan Treacy of Outfield Sports for sponsoring the overall series for the past seven years.
Stewarding is especially important in a race that passes through the town and we are very grateful to Barry Torpey and his team of stewards for ensuring the safety of all participants. The assistance of the local Garda Siochana was also greatly appreciated. A big thank-you to all the volunteers who helped with race registration, timing and results. Once again, Elaine Walsh provided superb post-race refreshments and food for which we are very grateful. The Swan GAA Club Centre was once again our race headquarters and we would like to thank the club for the use of their excellent facilities.
The Three Counties Challenge moves to County Waterford for the fourth instalment of this year’s series. The AutoPower Rathgormack 5 mile race will take place on Friday, 12th July at 7:30pm. Last year’s race was won by Brian Murphy (Carrick AC) in 26:26 with Margaret Danagher (Templemore) taking the ladies’ event in 30:44. Another big entry is certain for this very popular race.
Carraig Hotel Deadman’s 5 Winners:
Senior Men: 1. Alan O’ Shea (Bantry AC) 25:47 2. Frank Quinlan (Waterford AC) 26:38 3. David Ryan (Clonmel AC) 26:56 4. Dzintars Klava (West Waterford) 27:02 5. Alban Coghlan (Crusaders AC) 27:11
O/40: Daragh Byrne (Carrick AC) 28:37; O/45: Vasily Neumerzhitskaya (Clonmel AC) 30:07; O/50: Brendan Cronin (Carrick AC) 30:56; O/55: Jack Alexander (Coolquill AC) 32:18; O/60: Pascal Proctor (West Waterford) 38:08
Team : Waterford AC - Trevor Power, John Nolan and Shane Curtin
Senior Ladies: 1. Siobhan O’Doherty (Borrisokane) 28:19 2. Dympna Ryan (Dundrum AC) 29:33 3. Angela McCann (Clonmel AC) 31:08 4. Aine Roche (Clonmel AC) 32:48 5. AnnMarie Hayes (St. Catherine’s) 34:07
O/35: Karen Ryan (West Waterford) 35:34; O/40: Tracy Flanagan (United Striders) 35:05; O/45:Catherine Ronan (United Striders) 39:39; O/50: Bernie Prendergast (West Waterford) 40:02; O/55: Ann FitzGerald (Waterford AC) 35:21
Junior : Alina Neumerzhitskaya (Clonmel AC)
Team : Carrick AC - Emer O’ Brien, Maura O’Neill and Geraldine Houlihan