Tuam was the venue for the National Intermediate men’s Cross Country Championships.
The race over 5 laps was fast from the start with Liam Brady of Tullamore Harriers, who represented Ireland at the European Cross Country Championships before Christmas, always to the fore in a highly competitive Men’s Intermediate race with both Niall McCormack and William Maunsell (Clonmel) still in hot pursuit as the leaders reached halfway.
Then on the 3rd lap William fell and lost some ground but kept a good pace going. Niall was still in touch going out on the final lap and in a hectic finish he ran very well when finishing a close 7th in 27 mins 18 secs, just over 20 secs away from the Bronze medal. William also ran on well over the closing stages when finishing 13th in 28 mins 1 sec. Kevin Moore (Dundrum) was 40th in 30 mins 6 secs.
In the Masters race Stuart Moloney (Moore Abbey Milers) ran a brilliant race when finishing 8th overall and he was 4th over 35 in 24 minutes. William O’Dwyer (Dundrum) was 38th overall in 25 mins 33 secs. Paddy Shelly (Ballynonty) competed in the over 65 race and Paddy ran very well when finishing 10th in 19 mins 37 secs.
Galbally is the venue this Sunday for the County Intermediate Women 4k and Men’s 8K Road Championships and these Championships are been hosted by the Moore Abbey Milers Club. Eligibility for this race is that athletes have to be 20 years of age as of 31st December 2014. Also any athlete who has won this title in the past 6 years or a higher Championship title can’t compete in these Championships, so winners prior to the 2010 Championships can compete again provided they haven’t won a Senior Individual gold medal in the meantime.
In the Ladies race Linda Grogan of Dundrum will start as warm favourite to win the Women’s title as she was a very impressive winner of the County Novice Women’s title last Sunday week in Moyne.
She will face good competition from Eileen McCullough (Thurles Crokes), Phil Ryan (Ballynonty) and Siobhan McHugh (Clonmel).
In the team event, competition will once again be very keen with Dundrum going all out to add this title to the County Novice title won in Moyne recently as they can also call upon Claire Devitt, Karen Ryan and Laura Armstrong. They will face good competition from Moyne, who can call upon Brigid Gleeson, Louise and Susan Fogarty and Lorraine Healy. Clonmel will also be trying to improve on their Bronze medal winning position in the Novice as they can call upon Yvonne O’Connor, Suzanne Shine, Aine Roche and Rebecca Doocey. The host Club, Moore Abbey Milers will also be trying to improve on their Silver winning team performance in last year’s event as they look to athletes like Maree O Shea, Norma Quane and Trish Blackburn while Thurles Crokes are well capable of putting a strong team behind Eileen McCullough, so a great race is in store.
In the Men’s race on home ground William O’Dwyer (Dundrum) will be going all out to add the Intermediate title to the Novice title won recently in Moyne. He will again face good competition from Aaron O’Donnell (Carrick on Suir), Liam Shanahan and Jack Corbett (Thurles Crokes), Gary Scully (Nenagh Olympic), Ton Blackburn and Mike Cunningham (Moore Abbey Milers) and John Shanahan (Dundrum).
In the team event, competition will once again be close as Dundrum will be going all out to add this Club title to the Novice Club title in Moyne and they can also call upon Michael Ryan, Michael J Ryan and Colm Bradshaw while Thurles Crokes will go close as they can call upon John Fitzgibbon, John Dooley and Liam Treacy. Other Clubs that will have a strong say in the destination of the title are Clonmel and Moore Abbey Milers who will also go very close on home ground as they are the defending Champions.
County Novice B Road
These Championships are still going ahead on March 1 but the venue has changed to Moyne, where the County Novice title were decided recently.
Tipps on London team
Tipperary will be well represented on the Kilburn Gaels panel from London who play O’Donovan Rossa of Antrim in the Intermediate Club All-Ireland Hurling Final in Croke Park next Sunday. Managed by Tom Bergin from Moyne Templetuohy, he is joined by brothers Keith (team captain) and Peter Kennedy from Killenaule, James Egan from Loughmore Castleiney and Noel McDonnell from Burgess. Best wishes to all.