Fethard was the venue last Sunday for the County Masters 6k Road Championships for both Men and Women.
The pace was strong throughout the event as Stuart Moloney of Moore Abbey Milers was intent on winning this title for the first time. Stuart who is running very well at present maintained that strong pace and came hope a very worthy champion in 19 mins 21 secs.
David Ryan of Clonmel was 2nd to win the over 40 title in 19:54 with Mark Darmody of Clonmel 3rd overall and winning the over 40 Silver in 20:59 with Declan Curley making it a Clonmel 1-2-3 in the over 40 when finishing in 21:10.
Tom Blackburn of Moore Abbey Milers won the over 45 title when 4th in 21:07. Michael Ryan (21:31) and Donal Keane (21:45) both of Dundrum won the over 35 Silver and Bronze medals respectively while Dermot Hayes (Dundrum) 21:42 and Conor Fleming (Clonmel) 21:46 won the over 45 Silver and Bronze medals respectively.
Bernard Feery (Fethard) won the over 50 title on home ground in 22:23 with Brendan Cronin (Carrick on Suir) winning the Silver medal in 23:11 and Michael Moore (Dundrum) the Bronze medal in 23:15. Ger Griffin (Moore Abbey Milers) won the over 55 title in 22:05 with the Clonmel duo of Jim St John (24:16) and Billy Prout (24:45) winning the Silver and Bronze medals respectively.
Martin Loughnane (Templemore) won the over 60 title in 24:21 with Matt Alexander (Coolquill) 25:20 and Ned O’Brien (Clonmel) 25:45 winning the Silver and Bronze medals respectively. Paddy Shelly (Ballynonty) won the over 65 title in 28:04 with Eddie Cahalane (Coolquill) 29:10 and Eamon Crowley (Clonmel) 31:06 winning the Silver and Bronze medals respectively. Then we had the master himself, Myles McHugh (Clonmel) running a great race to win the over 70 title in 29:52.
In the team events Clonmel won both the Men’s over 35 and over 50 Club titles with Dundrum winning the over 35 Silver team medals and Moore Abbey Milers winning the over 35 Inter Club Bronze team medals while in the over 50 category Coolquill won the Silver medals and the Clonmel 2nd team over 50 won the Bronze medals.
The women’s race was also very competitive as Phil Ryan of Ballynonty and Orla Fleming of Clonmel were having a great tussle throughout the event. Phil moved clear in the closing stages to win the Women’s over 40 title in 24:49 and Orla the Silver medal over 40 in 24:58 while Yvonne O’Connor (Clonmel) won the Bronze medal in 25:56. The over 35 title was won by Maire O’Shea (Moore Abbey Milers) in 26:18 while the Silver and Bronze medals were won by Trish Campion (Moyne) 28:32 and Aine Doocey (Fethard) 28:52 respectively. The over 45 title was won by Martina Ryan (Thurles Crokes) 26:22 while the Silver and Bronze medals were won by Anna Byrne (Clonmel) 27:45 and Frances Long (Moyne) 28:38. The over 50 title was won by Carol Quish (Moore Abbey Milers) 28:36 while the Silver and Bronze medals were won by Eileen Hynes (Clonmel) 28:41 and Sinead Kennedy (Clonmel) 29:26. Then we had Bernie Hopkins (Clonmel) winning the over 55 title in 30:20 with Mari Murphy Condon (Clonmel) winning the Silver medal in 32:26 while Hilary Collins (Coolquill) ran a great race to win the Women’s over 60 title in 30:34.
In the Inter Club team events Clonmel won the over 35 team event with Moore Abbey Milers winning the Silver and Clonmel 2nd team over 35 winning the Bronze medals. In the over 45 competition Clonmel won both the Gold and Silver team medals with Moyne capturing the Bronze medals. The course was well received by the athletes and this route will be used by Fethard AC for their race in May later this year.
At the presentation of medals, County Chairman Billy Purcell thanked Fethard AC for promoting a great championships while he also thanked the clubs for coming out in great numbers for this event.
County Novice B Road Championships
Moyne is the venue this Sunday for the County Novice B Road Championships. The Women will compete over 3K while the Men will compete over 5k. Eligibility for the Women’s race is that athletes must have competed in the County Novice Road that was held in Moyne on Feb 1st and finished outside the top 5, while all previous winners of this event are also excluded.