At the County Under 23 and Master Cross Country Championships in the Thurles Crokes complex, in the Ladies race Martina O’Dwyer of Carrick on Suir won the over 35 title in 11:18. It is great to see Martina running so well as she heads off to Cardiff later this month as part of a strong Irish Women’s over 35 team for the Home Countries Master Cross Country International. Angela McCann won the over 40 title in 11:37. Frances Long of Moyne won the over 45 title in 13:28. Brigid Gleeson (Moyne) was 2nd 0/40 in 13:38, Anna Byrne (Clonmel) 2nd 0/45 in 13:41, Ann Coughlan (Moore Abbey Milers) 2nd 0/35 in 13:44, Trish Blackburn (Moore Abbey Milers) 3rd 0/45 in 13:59, Honor Hayes (Moore Abbey Milers) 3rd 0/40 in 15:08, Breda McNamara (Moyne) was 3rd 0/35 in 15:15, Liz Power (Moyne) was 1st 0/50 in 15:43, Marguerite Hayes (Thurles Crokes) was 2nd 0/50 in 16:49 with Eileen Ryan (Moyne) winning the over 55 title in 18:27.
Moyne won the team ahead of Moore Abbey Milers and Thurles Crokes.
In the Men’s race Brian Murphy of Carrick on Suir showed no ill effects from his brilliant run in the Dublin City Marathon when coming home a very convincing winner of the over 35 title in 23:15. Mark Gleeson (Nenagh Olympic) won the over 45 title in 23:48. Danny Smith (Ballynonty) won the 0/35 Silver medal in 24:10. Pat Grace (Nenagh Olympic) won the over 50 title in 24:22, Donal Keane (Dundrum) 3rd 0/35, Tom Blackburn (Moore Abbey Milers) 2nd 0/45 , Paudie O’Keeffe (Clonmel) 1st 0/40, James Ryan (Dundrum) 3rd 0/45, Derek Nolan (Clonmel) 2nd 0/50, Declan Curley (Clonmel) 2nd 0/40, Declan Doherty (Thurles Crokes) 3rd 0/40, Michael Moore (Dundrum) 3rd 0/50, Jack Alexander (Coolquill) 1st 0/55 , Liam Butler (Dundrum) 2nd 0/55 , Leslie Smyth (Coolquill) 1st 0/60 , P J Holmes (Dundrum) 3rd 0/55 and Eddie Cahalane (Coolquill) 1st 0/65 in . Carrick on Suir team of Brian Murphy, Patrick Roche, Tommy Falconer and James Fox won the team Gold medal on 47 points, The Dundrum team of Donal Keane, James Ryan, Pat Ryan and Michael Ferncombe won the Silver medal on 48 points, 3rd were the Clonmel team of Paudie O’Keeffe, Declan Curley, Niall O Ceallaigh and Mark Corcoran on 88 points. Coolquill won the over 55 team event ahead of Dundrum and Clonmel.
We had two competitors in the Women under 23 Championship race with Jacqueline Hughes of Thurles Crokes winning the Gold medal with her Club mate Sinead O Meara winning the Silver medal. Jacqueline was completing a 3 in a row Championship win in this category. We had no under 23 Men’s competition which is a sad reflection on the Sport in that age group in the County.
The Munster Intermediate Women and Men’s Cross Country Championships will be held this Sunday November 10th in Castlelyons. The County teams will be announced during the week.
The County Novice B Cross Country Championships will be held at the Turnpike on Sunday 24th November