The County Novice Road Championships took place last Sunday in Clonmel in good conditions.
In the Ladies race it was brilliant to see 33 athletes representing 5 clubs competing.
Right from the start Johanna Lacy of Clonmel went into the lead, a lead she held all the way to the line to come home a very worthy winner in 11 mins 30 secs. Marie Fitzgibbon of Thurles Crokes also ran very well after a recent injury when winning the Silver medal in 12 mins 10 secs followed by her sister Carmel who won the Bronze medal in 12 mins 13 secs.
Suzanne Shine of Clonmel was 4th in 12 mins 18 secs, 5th Edel Roche of Clonmel in 12 mins 24 secs, 6th Edel Leahy of Moyne in 12 mins 26 secs.
With three to count Clonmel won the Gold medals on 10 points with their 2nd team of Nicola Maunsell 7th 12 mins 40 secs, Rebecca Doocey 9th 13 mins 7secs and Una Redfern 10th in 13 mins 7 secs winning the Silver medals, beating Moyne on countback.
The winning Bronze Medals from Moyne were Edel Leahy 6th, Bridget Gleeson 8th 13 mins 3 secs and Frances Long 12th (13 mins 25 secs). Thurles Crokes were 4th team on 28 points with Fethard making a very welcome return to Senior competition finishing 9th.
The Men’s race attracted an entry of 73 athletes representing 7 clubs. In this race we had a great race between the eventual champion, Denis Shanahan of Thurles Crokes and David Ryan of Clonmel. They both set a strong pace and were clear for most of the race, then over the final 300m Denis upped the tempo to go clear and win convincingly in 20 mins 11 secs.
There was a brilliant tussle for the minor placings with Patrick Hughes of Thurles Crokes coming through very strongly to win the Silver medal in 20 mins 18 secs with Declan Doherty also of Thurles Crokes getting up close to the line to win the Bronze medal in 20 mins 23 secs.
Patrick Roche of Carrick on Suir 4th in 20 mins 29 secs with David Ryan of Clonmel 5th in 20 mins 34 secs and Paudie O’Keeffe, Clonmel 6th in 20 mins 38 secs.
With three in the top three Thurles Crokes were worthy winners of the Cup with their 4th scorer John O’Shaughnessy 22nd in 22:14 on 28 points. Coolquill packed very well to win the Silver medals convincingly on 41 points with Andrew Smyth 8th 21:02, Ross Alexander 10th 21:04, John Russell 11th 21:06 and Dermot Logue 12th in 21:12.
The Bronze medals were won by the Clonmel team of David Ryan, Paudie O’Keeffe, Eoin McGrath 18th 22:05 and Gerard O’Loughlin 23rd in 22:17 with 52 points. Carrick on Suir were 4th on 53 points and Dundrum 5th on 59 points, Templemore were 8th on 151 points, Moyne 9th on 152 points, Moycarkey Coolcroo 13th and Fethard 14th. Great to see both Moycarkey Coolcroo and Fethard back competing at Senior level.
County Road fixtures
Two Mile Borris is the next venue when on March 3 when the County Intermediate Road Championships will take place with the Ladies competing over 4k and the men over 8K.
Munster Road Championships
The Munster Master Road Championships will take place in Moyglass on Sunday, March 24.