The Fethard Road Races took place on Wednesday night, 30th May with a record entry.
This year there were two events, the Open 4 mile race which attracted 142 athletes and the 2 Mile event that was aimed at the ever growing Meet and Train athletes and this attracted an entry of 18.
In the 4 mile event we had Siobhan O’Doherty of Borrisokane holding off the fast finishing Shane Mullaney of Thurles Crokes to become the first women winner of this event, a brilliant achievement. Siobhan’s winning time was 21 mins 59 secs with Shane credited with the same time.
There was a big cheer for Fintan Rice of the host Club, who is running very well at present, as he came through to finish 2nd in 22 mins 5 secs when 3rd overall. Paddy Cummins of Moycarkey Coolcroo who has shown very good form in recent weeks also finished strongly when 3rd Senior man in 22 mins 9 secs.
Dave Kenneally of Thurles Crokes was 1st over 40 in 23:52, then we had James Ryan 1st 0/45 in 22:31, Brendan Ahearne of Kilsheelan 1st 0/50 in 24:09, Jack Alexander of Coolquill 1st 0/55 in 25:00, Joe Grinsell of Clonmel 1st 0/60 in 30:39 and Paddy Shelley of Ballynonty 1st 0/65 in 30:28.
Dean Campion of Thurles was 1st Junior in 28:50. The 1st local man was Michael Moclair in 24:49. In the ladies race Dymphna Ryan of Dundrum ran very well when 2nd Senior Woman in 23:04 with Clare Annan of Carrick on Suir 3rd in 24:20. Mary Molloy of Clonmel was 1st woman over 35 in 27:40 with Martina Ryan of Thurles Crokes 1st 0/40 in 26:40, Kathleen O Meara of Thurles Crokes was 1st 0/45 in 31:42 and Eileen Skelly of Carrick on Suir was 1st 0/50 in 33:25. Jennifer Rice of Fethard won the Junior Woman’s award in 32:42 while Aine Doocey won the 1st Local woman’s prize in 29:30. The organising committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make this event such a success.
The County Track and Field Championships for Juniors, Seniors and Masters takes place in Templemore on Saturday 22nd June starting at 1.30pm. This is an ideal opportunity for County athletes to compete on the Track. The following events are catered for most of the above mentioned categories for both Men and Women starting with the Walks, 100m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m (women), 5000M (Men), High Jump. Long Jump, Triple Jump, Javelin and Shot Putt. There are also 4 by 100m for Junior, Senior and Master Men and Women as well as a Senior Medley relay and a Junior Men and Women 4 by 400m relays. So a great variety of events to compete in and it would be great if all Clubs could make an effort to support these Championships which have been faltering for the past few years. With the co operation of all Clubs we can make these Championships a brilliant success. .In the Master categories all the Age groups will be catered for provided we get sufficient entries, Entries will be taken on the day. As regards eligibility: Junior, Age Eligibility: Over 16 and Under 20 on the 31st of December in the year of competition Junior’s may compete as Junior or Senior, but not both. Senior is for athletes over 20 and under 35 for both Men and Women. In the master categories, it is the age on the day of competition that count.