The County Intermediate Road Championships were decided at a sunny and dry Two Mile Borris last Sunday where both races attracted very good entries and competition was keen.
In the Ladies 4k race Johanna Lacy of Clonmel was aiming to add this title to the County Novice 3k title she won in Clonmel in February. She made her intentions known from the start as she led the race from the start. As the leaders approached 1k Johanna increased the tempo and was soon clear of the chasing pack. She maintained this strong pace all the way to come home a very worthy and convincing winner in 15 mins 34 secs.
Then we had the Fitzgibbon sisters from Thurles Crokes running very well with Maria and Carmel winning the Silver (15:46) and Bronze (16:03) medals respectively.
Edel Leahy (Moyne) was 4th (16:12), Nicola Maunsell (Clonmel) 5th (16:28), Suzanne Shine (Clonmel) 6th (16:36), Fiona Barlow (Clonmel) 7th (17:01), Brigid Gleeson (Moyne) 8th (17:23), Una Redfern (Clonmel) 9th (17:31) with Frances Long (Moyne) finishing 10th in (17:43).
In the team event Clonmel with three, Johanna, Nicola and Suzanne, finishing in the top 6 were crowned Champions on 12 points. The Silver medals were won by the Thurles Crokes team of Maria, Carmel and Michelle Maher who was 12th (18:05) on 17 points. The Moyne team of Edel, Brigid and Frances won the Bronze medals on 22 points. Great credit must go to both Moyne and Thurles Crokes for each getting three teams out to compete in this race.
The menâ€™s race attracted an entry of 58 athletes and competition was very keen. Right from the start the pace was steady and by 2k a group of nine athletes dictated the pace that included the Thurles Crokes trio of Denis Shanahan, Patrick Hughes and Declan Doherty along with the Dundrum duo of John Shanahan and Willie Oâ€™Dwyer as well as Stuart Moloney (Moore Abbey Milers), David Shelly (Ballynonty), Fintan Rice (Fethard) and Paudie Oâ€™Keeffe (Clonmel). This group were still together as the athletes went out onto the old Cork-Dublin road at around 4k. The pace began to increase and soon Stuart, John and Willie began to drift off the leading group that was now down to six athletes.
Then as the leading group turned at the Turnpike (6k) mark Patrick Hughes went to the front and increased the tempo that soon saw him and his Thurles Crokes mates as well as Fintan Rice go clear. Patrick maintained this strong pace and opened up a nice lead that he held all the way to the line to win very convincingly in 27 mins 4 secs. The battle for the minor placings was only decided very close to the line with Denis Shanahan winning the Silver medal (27:14) and Declan Doherty the Bronze (27:15).
Fintan Rice (Fethard) 4th (27:26), 5th David Shelly (Ballynonty) (27:28), 6th Paudie Oâ€™Keeffe (Clonmel) (27:33), 7th Willie Oâ€™Dwyer (Dundrum) (27:42), 8th John Shanahan (Dundrum) (27:49), 9th Stuart Moloney (Moore Abbey Milers) (28:14) with Andrew Smyth (Coolquill) 10th in 28:18.
In the team event Thurles Crokesâ€™ dominance continues as they won the Dundrum Cup on 25 points with Billy Phillips finishing 19th (29:38). Dundrum won the Silver medals with John, Willie, James Ryan 12th (28:36) and Michael Coen 16th (29:01) on 43 points. The Coolquill team of Andrew, Dermot Logue 11th (28:22), Ross Alexander 13th (28:38) and John Russell 14th (28:38) won the Bronze medals on 48 points.
County Chairman, Billy Purcell thanked everyone who helped to make these Championships such a success; it was great to see these Championship races well supported by all the Clubs.
Munster Senior and Novice Road Championships
These Championships over 4 miles for both Women and Men takes place this Sunday in Newtownshandrum, Co Cork. The County teams will be announced during the week.
The Ned Kelly 4 Mile Road race
This very popular race takes place on St Patrickâ€™s Day in the village of Moyglass at 12 noon. Registration and changing facilities as well as Post race Refreshments will be at the Community hall where there is plenty of parking. There is a fine array of prize that caters for many categories as well as Spot prizes. The Entry Fee is 10 Euros. For further enquiries place contact 086 8754161. This race has a Athletic Ireland race permit and hopefully all the Clubs will support this event. Another incentive to participate in this event is that on March 24th the Munster Master 4 Mile Road Championships for both Men and Women will be over this course. See poster on www.tipperaryathletics.com.
Borrosokane 10K Road race
This very popular race takes place on Monday 18th March at 1 pm. There are very generous prizes for the 1st 6 Men and Women with prizes in the other major categories. The entry fee is 15 Euros. See poster on www.tipperaryathletics.com. This race has a Athletic Ireland race permit and hopefully all the Clubs will support this event.