The Faugheen 5k road race took place in good conditions last Friday night and it was great to see so many Clonmel club members participate over what is considered to be a good fast course promoted by Carrick on Suir Road Runners.
David Ryan showed that he is in top form at present when running a very good 15 mins 49 secs, a PB, when 5th overall and 1st over 40. Then we had Paudie O’Keeffe also running very well when finishing 20th in 16:51, another PB. Liam Casey also ran well when finishing 39th in 18:14. Then we had two athletes posting PBs for this distance with John Browne 43rd 18:38 and Brian Carroll 44th 18:40 respectively. Brian Long showed that his preparation for the Cork Marathon is going well when finishing 47th in 18:55. We also had good performances from David Johnson 58th 19:07, Ciaran Fahey 59th 19:09. Aine Roche also ran very well when finishing 2nd Senior lady in 19:25. We also saw good performances from Mark Corcoran 68th 19:36, Paul Shanahan 72nd 19:51, Keith Barry 76th 20:21, Maurice Boland 84th 20:49, Ciaran O Flaherty 87th 20:53, Donal Casey 88th 20:47, Liz Ryan 108th 22:12, Maeve Freaney 112th 22:23, Joe Grinsell 114th 22:28, Pat Tobin 118th 22:43, Grainne Tierney 127th 23:22, Tom Tierney 128th 23:22, Hazel Galloway 134th 24:28, Gary Hallinan 139th 24:56, Darragh O’Keeffe making his debut for the Club ran well when finishing 149th 25:41, Eamon Crowley 152nd 25:57, Pauline Lonergan 168th 27:20, Andrea Keenan 205th 32:45 and Ali Laste 208th 33:50.
Great finale to Morrison BMW 6K series
The Morrison BMW Cahir sponsored 6K road race series finished on a high last Wednesday night when 249 athletes competed in the 5th race of the series, the Lucky Dip format. Conditions were ideal and as such many athletes ran PBs for the distance, a great way to end the series, athletes running faster on the final night, a sign of progress. In this race athletes were able to wear their watches, did that help them to run fast times? The athletes who won prizes were Elaine Walley, Geraldine Phelan, Brian McDonald, Eamon Moloney, Paudie O’Keeffe and Dean Kennedy.
This year’s series was our best ever since we started this series of races back in 1982. The purpose of starting this series then is as relevant today as it was then, that aim was to introduce adults to running, for at that time we had a very strong Juvenile Club while the Senior side of the Club was struggling for numbers. It was great to see the progress this series has made over the past few years. In 2009 we had 187 athletes that competed in at least one race of the series while this year we had 358 athletes who have competed in at least one of the races. This year the gender break down was 195 Men and 163 Women. In 2009 we had 143 Men and 44 Women competing.
The Presentation of Prizes took place in the Post House and the Club would like to thank Donal Daly and his staff for all their help in making the night a great occasion, for providing the Post Race refreshments and the Live Music. Club Chairman, Frank Lynch also thanked our Sponsors, Morrison BMW Cahir for all their support. He also thanked the Gardai and the Civil Defence and the many Club Stewards that ensured the whole series of races went off smoothly. Graham Lyons of behalf of the Sponsors praised the Club for promoting a very successful series of races and they were delighted to be associated with this event and it was great to see it going from strength to strength. The next race on the Club’s calendar is the RUN4Fun in Cahir on Wednesday May 1st at 7.30pm and this event is also being sponsored by Morrison BMW Cahir for a very worthy cause South Tipp Hospice. Entries will be taken at the Morrison BMW premises from 6 o clock onwards.
Preparations are going well for this year’s Annerville 10K road race which takes place on Sunday 12th May at 2 pm. Entries will be taken on the day at the Race headquarters which is The Vocational School, the Mall from 10.00 am onwards and there will be a specially designed T Shirts for the 1st 400 entrants, so come early and enter. There will be changing facilities there as well. The entry fee is €10, great value and indications are that this year’s entries will be well up on last year which saw 333 athletes and walkers complete the Classic distance race over what was a good level course, ideal to achieve a Personal Best. This year’s race will start outside the Race headquarters at the Clonmel Vocational School, the Mall. Here the athletes will precede down to Ferryhouse, over Sir Thomas’s Bridge and then turning right to Kilganey, Coleville Road, Loreto Convent, along the Raheen Road, the Old Bridge to the Dungarvan Roundabout where the athletes will turn right and then right again at the traffic lights at Irishtown and finish under the West Gate.
There is also a great indication that many new participants in this year’s Inter Firms Road League which was ran over 6K of this 10K course will also compete in the Annerville 10K on May 12th. Don’t forget to come along early and enter early on May 12th for your specially designed T Shirt while there will be many Spot Prizes to be won by participants throughout the race. This is an ideal event for people to use to raise funds for local charitable causes
For further race enquiries please contact Niall O Sullivan at 086 1660888.
Poulmucka Road Races
These very popular races takes place on Friday May 24th in Poulmucka and all levels of fitness will be catered for. For the Meet and Train groups there is a 5K Road race where all the participants must predict their finishing times and then run the distance without a watch, they will be transported out to the start. Then there is the Open 8K road race which will start in the village. Both races will start at the same time and this usually creates a great atmosphere as both races will finish at the same time at the same place. Hopefully we will get as many Club members as possible to participate in these races as these races are a Club event and we have club members Tommy Cahill, Kate Wall, Helen O Ceallaigh and Niall O Ceallaigh on the organising committee and they deserve our fullest support. For further enquiries please contact Andy at 086 3609110.