The South Tipperary/Kilkenny Primary Schools Cross Country Competition took place in very mild conditions in Marlfield GAA complex. This promotion was organised by Clonmel, Carrick on Suir, Fethard, Moyglass and Rosegreen Athletic Clubs and it was a resounding success.
All the Clubs would like to thank Marlfield GAA Club for the use of their fine facilities.
The purpose of this promotion was an introduction to Cross Country for school pupils in the area and the categories were devised to ensure that schools had equal and good competition. This event was to encourage as many pupils as possible to compete and so points were rewarded to all the teams that represented their School.
At the presentation of prizes all the athletes were encouraged to join their local Athletic Club where they can participate in many other events regardless of ability and fitness.
Over 1000 athletes from 34 schools in the area competed in the 20 race programme which was very efficiently organised. This is an increase of seven schools on last year’s entry which is great. The Clubs would like to thank Marlfield GAA club for the use of their fine facilities. Indeed the Clubs would like to everyone who helped to make this event a brilliant success. The Clubs would also like to thank Peggy Colville for being the official photographer of the event. The full results of each race and team competition can be seen on www.tipperaryathletics.com website and on www.clonmelac.com website. The Clubs would like to thank the many schools that put in such great work in preparing their athletes for this event. Competition was keen in all the 5 categories. Perpetual Shields were presented to the overall winners, which were decided by the combined performances of all the school’s athletes, in both the 3rd and 4th Class and the 5th and 6th Class races, resulting in some very good competitions. Both Albert Doyle of Clonmel and Emby Walsh of Carrick on Suir Athletic Clubs thanked all the participants and they encourages the athletes to continue with their training and join their local athletic Club.
In the Small Schools, with less than 40 pupils, Skeheenarinky National School won both the Best Girls overall school and the Boys School award. In the Small School with a pupil roll call of between 40 and 75 the winner of the Girls Schools competition was St Patrick’s Drangan National School and they are the proud holders of both the Vincent Fox Perpetual Shield and the Jack O’Gorman Perpetual Shield as they were the best Girls and Boys School in this category. In the Medium Schools competition, the winners of the John Power Perpetual Shield for the Girls Schools was Moyglass who also won the Bill Hyland Perpetual Shield for the Boys Schools in this category. In the Large School competition, the Holy Trinity National School in Fethard was the proud winner of the Joe Holden Perpetual Shield for the Girls competition while Rosegreen National School won the Jack Bergin Perpetual Shield for the best overall Boys School. In the Major School competition St Michael’s GNS Tipperary Town were the proud winners of the Jim Cliffe Perpetual Shield for the first time while St Peter’s and Paul’s Primary School, Clonmel won the Paddy Mullins Perpetual Shield for the Boys Schools for the very first time. The Clubs would like to thank everyone who helped to organise this programme of events.