Clonmel teams star in County Tipp road race

The County Tipperary Intermediate Road Championships were held in Dundrum. In the Ladies race, where 23 athletes competed, Catherine Rice of Clonmel went to the line as favourite following on from her Silver medal performance in the County Novice Road. Right from the start Catherine made her intentions known as she set a strong pace that soon took her into the lead, a lead she held all the way to the line to win her first County Individual title impressively in 15 mins 33 secs.

The County Tipperary Intermediate Road Championships were held in Dundrum. In the Ladies race, where 23 athletes competed, Catherine Rice of Clonmel went to the line as favourite following on from her Silver medal performance in the County Novice Road. Right from the start Catherine made her intentions known as she set a strong pace that soon took her into the lead, a lead she held all the way to the line to win her first County Individual title impressively in 15 mins 33 secs.

Behind Johanna Lacy of Clonmel and Laura Burke of Coolquill emerged out of the pack in the tussle for the Silver and Bronze medals. With a kilometre to go Johanna moved into 2nd place and held that position all the way to the line to win Silver in 16:18 with Laura, the recently crowned County Novice B Champion, winning Bronze in 16:28. Clare Devitt of Dundrum was 4th in 16:37, 5th Suzanne Shine of Clonmel 16:44 and 6th Lisa Quinlan of Moyne 16:49. With three to count on the Club team, Clonmel with three in the top 5 were convincing winners on 8 points. The Silver Club medals were won by the Clonmel team of Donna Nagle 7th in 17:06, Una Redfern 9th in 17:35 and Julie Tideswell 12th in 18:39 on 28 points. The Thurles Crokes team of Marie Fitzgibbon 8th in 17:18, Eileen Carey 11th in 18:22 and Rebecca Power 16th in 19:11 won the Bronze medals on 35 points. 4th Moyne 37 points, 5th Coolquill 38 points, 6th Dundrum 42 points and 7th Clonmel C on 50 points.

The Men’s race saw 39 athletes go to the start representing seven Clubs. Pre race favourite was Kevin Moore of Dundrum. Right from the start he went to the front and soon along with Ross Alexander of Coolquill set a strong pace that stretched the entire field. They both maintained this strong pace throughout the race that saw them well clear of the chasing pack of three Dundrum athletes Donal Keane, John Shanahan and Michael Ryan as they went out on the final lap. Then midway though this lap as the athletes approached 6k Kevin increased the pace and soon moved into a clear lead which he held all the way to the line to win convincingly in 27 mins 23 secs. Alexander took Silver in 27:42 with Keane taking Bronze in 27:48; 4th was John Shanahan, Dundrum in 27:55, 5th Michael Ryan, Dundrum 28:01 and 6th Derek Nolan, Clonmel 28:22. With four to score in the team event, Dundrum with their team in the top 5 were very convincing winners of the Dundrum Cup on points. The Silver medals were won by the Coolquill team of Ross, Andrew Smyth 7th 28:35, Dermot Logue 8th 28:40 and John Russell 17th 29:43. The Bronze medals were won by the Clonmel team of Derek, Vasiliy Neumerzhitskiy 9th 28:49, Paudie O Keeffe 13th 29:06 and Niall O Ceallaigh 15th 29:23. 4th Thurles Crokes 65 points, Dundrum B 88 points, Clonmel B 92 points and Templemore 121 points.