Athletics

Athletics
The Annerville 10K Road race took place in Clonmel on Sunday with over 360 participants taking part. Conditions, while cool, were ideal for running and we witnessed some great performances. Sandis Bralitis of West Waterford went to the start to defend his title and right from the start he set a strong pace and soon went into the lead, which he never relinquished as he came home a very worthy winner in 32 mins 20 secs. This was a great performance, as he was well clear after 2K.

The Annerville 10K Road race took place in Clonmel on Sunday with over 360 participants taking part. Conditions, while cool, were ideal for running and we witnessed some great performances. Sandis Bralitis of West Waterford went to the start to defend his title and right from the start he set a strong pace and soon went into the lead, which he never relinquished as he came home a very worthy winner in 32 mins 20 secs. This was a great performance, as he was well clear after 2K.

Behind him we had a group of three - Mick Harty of East Cork, Danny Smith of Ballynonty and David Ryan of Clonmel, who all had a great race between them. It was only over the final 2k were the places finally decided with Mick finishing second in 33:36, Danny fourth in 33:56 and David fifth in 34:07, who won the over 40 award.

Then we had Paudie O’Keeffe of Clonmel finishing 6th and he was second over 40 in 35:29. Brian Swaby of Waterford was fourth Senior man in 36:05 with David Walsh of Carrick on Suir fifth Senior man in 36:42. Vasiliy Neumerzhitskiy (36:44) and Derek Nolan (38:15) made it a Clonmel AC 1-2 in the over 45 category. Brendan Ahearne of Clonmel won the over 50 award in 38:08 with Richie Meehan of Ballynonty second in 43:31. The Halpin brothers from Fethard won the over 55 award and over 60 award with Tommy (39:35) and Paddy (43:46) respectively. Jack Alexander (Coolquill) was second over 55 in 40:30 with Myles McHugh of Clonmel running very well to win the over 65 award in 49 mins 11 secs.

Siobhan O Doherty (Borrisokane), like Sandis was defending her title and she was very determined to retain her award and so she went off at a strong pace,which she maintained all the way to the line to win convincingly in 35 mins 58 secs and she was 6th overall. This was a great performance, considering she ran 47 secs faster than last year. Then we had Angela McCann also running very well after her marathon victory in Limerick the previous weekend when finishing second Senior Woman in 37:03. Then we had Aine Roche of Clonmel third in 40 mins 33 secs with Madeline Loughnane of Thurles Crokes fourth in 40:40 while Marie Fitzgibbon of Thurles Crokes was fifth Senior woman in 41:15.

Johanna Lacy (42:53) and Catherine Rice (43:17) made it a 1-2 for Clonmel in the over 35 awards respectively. Martina Ryan of Thurles Crokes won the over 40 award with Stephanie Culligan of Clonmel second in 43:39. Colette Brolan of Thurles Crokes won the over 45 award in 49:10 with Rose McKeown of Clonmel second in 52:30 while Eileen Hynes (50:16) and Marion O’Neill (51:52) made it a Clonmel 1-2 in the over 50 awards.

This year’s event was another major success and the club acknowledges the tremendous work the organising committee put in, as well as extending its thanks to the Gardai and Civil Defence for all their help and assistance; our friends from Poulmucka along with our many stewards for all the work in ensuring the whole event was successful; the ladies committee as well as all the members who supplied the post-race refreshments; the South Tipperary 
Vocational Committee and Noel Lonergan for the use of their fine facilities at the Mall. The two teams from the Forge Gym thank everyone who encouraged them as they pulled two 50Kgs all the way around the route for a very worthy cause, Cystic Fibrosis.

County Athletics

Fethard is the place to be this Sunday with the County Senior Road Championships down for decision. The Ladies 5k gets proceedings underway at 12 noon followed by the Men’s 10K event. Competition will be very keen in both races and with so many athletes in the county running so well at present there should be great competition for both the Individual and team awards in both races.

Once again over the coming weeks there are many races (open fixtures) for athletes to choose from and they all cater for different distance. So athletes are asked to support these races, which all have the Athletic Ireland Race permit and by supporting these races you are helping the local club to raise funds that are ploughed back into the sport in that area.

Poulmucka Road Races

These races take place on Friday, 24th May at 7.30pm. The Open 8K race has prizes for all the various categories as well as team prizes. The 5k is geared towards athletes interested in competing over a short distance and is an ideal way to introduce everyone to running and is ideal for joggers and fun runners.

Fethard 2 Mile and 4 Mile Road Race

This event takes place on Thursday, 30th May with a new route and will take place over a new course of 2 miles. There is also a 2 mile event that is also geared to introducing people to running and is ideal for joggers and fun runners, while the Open 4 Miler event will also have prizes in all the usual categories.

Deadman’s 5 Mile Road Race – Carrick on Suir – Friday June 7th – 7.30pm

The Michael Cahill 5k Road Race – Ballingarry – Friday June 14th – 8pm

The Dave Fogarty 4 Mile Road Race – Thurles - Thursday June 20th – 8pm

The Champion Kiely 5k Road Race – Ballyneale – Friday June 28th – 7.30pm

Clonmel Athletics Club

Great performances in Annerville 10K

The Clonmel club promoted a very successful Annerville 10K road race last Sunday and the club thanks everyone who helped to make this event such a sporting success.

We had 122 athletes competing and they were led home by David Ryan, who is running very well at present. Last Sunday he covered the 10k in 35 mins 7 secs, great running to win the over 40 award. Hot on his heels was Paudie O’Keeffe who ran very well when 2nd 0/40 in 35:29, which is a personal best for the distance. Vasiliy Neumerzhitskiy showed that he had fully recovered from his Belfast marathon performance the previous Monday when winning the over 45 award in 36:44.

Declan Curley has made great strides this year and in the Annerville 10k he ran a personal best when finishing 10th in 36:57. David Mansfield also ran very well when finishing 13th in 37:01 with Angela McCann second Lady in 37:05. Then we had both Brian Long and Gary Grant running very well when finishing 17th (37:58) and 18th (38:04) respectively. Brendan Ahearne won the over 50 award in 38:08 while Derek Nolan also ran very well when finishing second over 45 in 38:16. John Browne is another athlete who is showing no ill effects from his Belfast Marathon performance when running well to finish in 39:44. Mark Corcoran showed that he is on the way back after recovery from a recent injury when running well to finish in 40:24 in the company of Brian Long (40:26) and James Denn (40:31). Aine Roche ran well when she was third Senior woman in 40:33, showing great improvement on her 2012 performance of 43:01. Pat Coffey was 41st in 40:36 while Eddy O Donoghue showed that he is getting back to full fitness after a recent injury when finishing in 40:48.

Then we had good performances from Barry Horgan 40:53, David Johnson 41:20, Fergal O Callaghan 41:25, Sean McCarthy 41:29, Tom Duggan 42:04, Graham O’ Regan 42:23, Pat O’Connor 42:49, Cyril Fogarty 42:49, James O’Brien 43:22, Bernard Durand 43:49, Maurice Boland 44:11, Ivan Barlow 44:34, Andrew McHale 44:40 and Gints Plautis 44:59. It’s great to see Bernard Feery back running again and he ran well when finishing in 45 mins; Aoife O’Callaghan 45:44, Adrian Lonergan 45:44, Philip Hennessy 46:06, Ned O’Brien 46:22, Marianne Kennedy 46:31, Eamon English 46:40, Sean O’Dea 46:49. Rosie Casey 46:53, Brendan Franklin 47:08, Jonathan Cooney 47:16, Rebecca Doocey 47:24, Emma Ferris 47:36, Tom Barry 47:52, Donna Nagle 47:54, Sheena Mullins 48:16, Orla Durand 48:34, Sheila Perry 48:47, Joe Grinsell 48:47, Anne Maher 49:02, Myles McHugh, who ran a great race when winning the over 65 in 49:11, Alan Connolly 49:25, Angela Walsh 49:30, Aidan Gaughran 49:42, Anne Marie Keating 50:05, Eileen Hynes, who was first over 50 in 50:16, Rosanne Kiely 50:32, Brendan White 51:09, Dan O’Keeffe 51:49, Marion O’Neill who was second over 50 in 51:52, Ger McDonald 51:57, John Falvey 52:22, who organised the weight push event for Cystic Fibrosis, Eamon Crowley 52:24, Ann Byrne 52:40, Clare Kinsella 53:09, Bernie Hopkins 53:18, Deirdre Healy 53:20, Melissa McCarthy 53:43, Norma Sorohan 53:58, Rhona Boyle 53:58, Ger Phelan 53:59, Alina Neumerzhitskaya 54:05, Dearbhla Carr 54:45, TJ O’ Loughlin 54:58, Denise Barry 54:58, Helen O’Ceallaigh 54:59, Bernie Walsh 55:09, Catriona O’Connor 55:35, Breeda Marnane 55:38, Aine Hennessy 55:40, Tracey Gibson 56:23, Caroline O’Donoghue 56:38, Trish Browne 56:40, Nicola Grace 56:39, Lena Griffin 57:02, Georgina Gilligan 57:18, Emma Norris 58:03, Annis Logue 58:19, Helen Gilman 58:38, Moira Molloy 59:09, Aisling O’Hara, who was making her debut over this distance ran very well when finishing 59:09, Mary O’Neill 59:23, Julette O’Sullivan 59:24, Madeleine White 59:29, Karen Looby 60:11, Anna Falvey 60:31, Jo Quinlan 61:10, Siobhan Roche 61:11, Cyril Darmody 62:15, Emily O’Regan 62:24, Sabrina Guida 62:42, Sarah Morrissey 64:49, Paula Morrissey 64:51, Leah Skelly 65:27, Majella Quinlivan 67:20, Annette Butler 68:14, Siobhan Foley 68:15, Dearbhla O’Keeffe 68:21, Andrea Keenan 69:08, Tess Kiely 74:00, Ollie McGee 79:49, Pat Phelan 79:50 and Gayle Doyle 79:58.

Poulmucka Road Races

On Friday 24th May at 7.30pm these races take place in Poulmucka and once again we are encouraging as many members as possible to participate in these races, an Open 8k for all comers and a 5k for anyone who would like to run over a shorter distance. Last year’s race attracted a record 236 athletes and this year’s races should also be great events. Once again the organisers have put on a great array of prizes that caters for everyone and there are also team prizes. Check the club website for more details.

Carrick Roadrunners

The 2013 OutfieldSports.ie Three Counties Challenge moved to Portlaw, Co. Waterford on Friday evening last when a field of 249 runners lined up for the O’Neill Pharmacy Tom Jordan 5-mile road race. This was the fifth running of this popular race but the first time that it has formed part of the Three Counties Challenge organised by Carrick-on-Suir AC.The record turnout reflects the popularity of this series which is now in its seventh year. Conditions on the evening were quite cold and blustery but there were lots of very fast times and many athletes achieved a personal best time for the distance, as the course is particularly flat and fast. The race was started by Sean Kelly, MEP and former President of the GAA.

The men’s race saw a very clearcut winner as Sergiu Ciobanu from Clonliffe Harriers covered the five miles in 24:43 and came home more than fifty seconds clear of the second-placed Philip Harty (West Waterford). Philip’s clubmate, Ravis Zakis, took third place, ahead of Kevin Moore (Dundrum AC) and Ruairi O’ Donnell (Ferrybank). Alban Coghlan, who is a native of Carrick-on-Suir but runs for Crusaders AC finished in sixth place. The first Carrick AC member to finish was Patrick Roche in ninth place with a time of 27:54.

The ladies race was a cracking contest as each of the first four finishers broke the 30-minute barrier. Victory went to Dympna Ryan (Dundrum AC) in a time of 29:26. Second place went to Jackie Carthy from Kilmore AC (29:39) while Angela McCann (Clonmel AC) clocked 29:44 in taking third prize just six days after her victory in the Great Limerick Marathon. Carrick AC’s Martina O’ Dwyer was timed at 29:47 in fourth and Sylvia Malone (Waterford AC) was fifth in 31:10.

The team prizes were very closely contested with Carrick AC (Patrick Roche, Daragh Byrne and Michael Murphy) taking the men’s prize. The Waterford AC trio of Joan Mahony, Claudia Merry and Sarah Lee won the ladies prize.

Carrick AC thank all who helped to make the race such a resounding success. Full race results at http://www.carrickroadrunners.ie