The curtain comes down on the County Road Championships season this Saturday evening, 7pm, in Dundrum with the County Road Relays titles down for decision.
Both the Men’s and Ladies races will start at 7pm so Clubs please note this change.
The Ladies Relay consist of 800m, 1500m, 800m and 3000m while the distances for the Men’s race is 800m, 1500m, 3000m and 5000m.
The relay competition is one event where a Club’s Junior and Senior athletes can combine as a team.
It is an ideal opportunity for Juniors to compete with their own Club Seniors and against Seniors and can be one way of helping Clubs to help athletes make the transitions from Junior to Senior competition.
In the relays athletes 16 years of age on the 31st December in the year of competition can compete for their club over the 800m and 1500m legs. While athletes from 18 years of age and older on the 31st December in the year of competition can compete over the 3000m and 5000m legs.
Clubs please note that where Clubs enter two or more teams there will be a B Section that will cater for the 2nd and 3rd teams from Clubs.
This is to encourage Clubs to get as many athletes as possible to participate.
In the Women’s race the defending Champions Clonmel were easy winners with their team of Sarah Whelan, Catherine Rice, Elaine O’Brien and Cliona Doyle combining well to run the 800m, 1500m, 800m and 3000m course in 23 mins 50 secs. In this year’s race competition will be keen again between the defending Champions Clonmel and Dundrum with Carrick on Suir, Thurles Crokes, Moyne, Coolquill and Templemore well capable of getting among the medals.
The Men’s race was a great race with Nenagh Olympic winning their first title in this competition and their scoring four were Tom Hennessy (800m), Seamus Hogan (1500m), Shane Scully (3000M) and Gary Scully (5000m) and they came home worthy Champions in 32 mins 50 secs.
Dundrum were 2nd with Thurles Crokes edging out Clonmel and the fast finishing Coolquill for the Bronze medals.
This year’s race will also be another competitive event. It will be hard to predict as athletes will be running over these shorter distance for the first time in quite a while as they have been competing over distances from 4 miles to half marathon over the summer months.