Beaufort was the venue for the Munster Novice and Under 23 Cross Country Championships last Sunday. The Men’s race combined both categories and right from the start Kevin Moore was tracking the leading group of five athletes and as the race unfolded the leading group was soon whittled down to two athletes and Kevin was still in contention. Then going out on the last lap the pace quickened and with 1K to go Kevin was in 2nd place and despite putting in a gallant effort over the closing stages he finished 2nd and in the process won the Munster Under 23 title convincingly at his final attempt. In the Novice race David Shelly ran very well when finishing 11th overall and backed up with good performances from William Hughes, Patrick Hughes, Tom Blackburn, making his debut for the County, Ruairi Devitt and Michael Moore, this sextet won the Inter County Bronze medals.
Fitzgibbon and Maunsell aiming to do the Double
The County Intermediate Cross Country Championships takes place at the Turnpike on Sunday next, October 28 in conjunction with the County Juvenile Uneven Age groups Cross Country Championships. The Intermediate Ladies race over 4K will start at approx 2pm and will be followed immediately by the Men’s race over 8k.
In the Ladies 4k race Maria Fitzgibbon of Thurles Crokes will be going all out to add this title to the County Novice title she won so impressively in Clonmel recently. Over the longer distance she will again face tough competition from the Clonmel trio of Aine Roche, Johanna Lacy and Catherine Rice as well as Catherine Kelly of Dundrum and Laura Burke of Coolquill. In the team event Clonmel will be firm favourites to retain this title with the above mentioned athletes as well as Elaine Horgan and Sarah Whelan. Thurles Crokes who can also call upon such athletes as Emma and Eileen Carey will be in contention while Dundrum can also call upon Claire Devitt and Mary Keane. Moore Abbey Milers who made a great impression on their Championship debut in Clonmel will be going all out to make the podium again and they can do so with such athletes like Anne Cummins, Trish Blackburn and Patricia Ryan. Moyne will also fancy their chances of team medals.
In the Men’s 8K race William Maunsell of Clonmel will be aiming to add this title to the County Novice he won in convincing fashion in Clonmel recently. He will start as favourite but he can expect tough competition from Shane Mullaney and William Hughes of Thurles Crokes, Ross Alexander of Coolquill, Danny Smith and David Shelly of Ballynonty as well as Martin Keane of Dundrum. Some teams will be affected by the Dublin City Marathon which takes place the day after the County Intermediate race; still we should have some great racing. Dundrum are the defending Champions and they can also call upon Willie O’Dwyer, Brian Hartnett, Colm Bradshaw, Michael Coen and Ruaidhri Devitt. Thurles Crokes will also go close as they can also call upon such athletes as Patrick Hughes, Declan Doherty, Denis Shanahan and Billy Phillips. Coolquill will also be a force to reckon with as they can also call upon such athletes as Dermot Logue, Mick Carey, Joe Keaney and Andrew Smyth. Clonmel will also fancy their chances as they can call upon Paudie O Keeffe, Gerard O Loughlin, Derek Nolan and Brian Looram and when you take into account teams from Ballynonty, Templemore, Carrick on Suir, Moyne and Moore Abbey Miles the ingredients are there for a very competitive race.