The Kilsheelan 10K Road Race took place last Sunday and it was great to see so many Clonmel members, 40 in total, supporting this promotion.
Despite the forecast of such bad weather the race attracted over 100 athletes and it was great to see some very good performances.
Derek Nolan showed that he is running very well at present when finishing 3rd overall in 37 mins 40 secs over what was a demanding course where athletes had to face tough wind conditions at different parts of the route, those tough Powerstown sessions stood to him.
Then we had Frank Moran running the proverbial blinder when coming through the field strongly over the last 3 miles to finish 5th overall to win the over 35 award, his first Individual award, in 39 mins 30 secs, well done on a demanding course.
He was closely followed across the finishing line by Lar Martin in 39 mins 56 secs.
Then we had John Walsh also showing good form when winning the over 45 award in 40 mins 4 secs when 9th overall.
Eddie O’Donoghue on home soil ran very well when finishing 12th in 42 mins 23 secs with Tom Bourke 15th in 42 mins 48 secs.
Then we had Mary Molloy running very well to finish 3rd Senior Lady in 45 mins 34 secs, great to see Mary back running well again.
We also saw some very good performances from athletes like Tom Butler who was 20th in 45:20, Donna Nagle 26th 46:56, Donal Casey 29th 47:17, John Laste who ran a great race to win the over 50 award when 30th in 47:17, Michael Fitzgibbon 31st 47:19, Niall McCarthy 34th 47:36, Michael Sweetman 37th 47:58, race organiser Eddie Prendergast 44th 49:35, Noel Prendergast 45th 49:38, Jonathan Cooney 46th 49:42, Claire French Davis who won the Ladies over 40 award when 48th 49:54, Philip Quigley 50th 50:08, Brendan Coffey 52nd 50:24, Jane Hewitt 56th 50:55, Ger McDonald 59th 51:43 improving on last year’s run of 52:03, coached all the way by husband Brian, Eamon Crowley 65th 52:41 15 secs faster than last year’s performance. Treacy Weight 73rd won the Ladies over 45 award in 54:05, Julie Tideswell 74th 54:11, Yvonne O Connor 77th 54:55, Brendan White 78th 54:57, Bernie Walsh 79th 55:29 a major improvement on last year’s jog of 61 mins, brilliant running, Marion O’Neill 80th 55:39, Patricia O’Neill 83rd 56:22, Maeve Kennedy 88th 58:30, Helen Gillman 90th 60:26, Nicola Grace 91st 60:32, Trish Browne 92nd 62:03, Pauline Lonergan 93rd 62:16, Shauna Ryan 94th 62:16, Stine Teppan 96th 62:26, Majella Quinlivan 96th 62:50 and Audrey O’Reilly 99th 65:37.
The breakdown of the 112 finishers were 60 men and 52 women, nearly 50/50, goes to show how popular running has become for women and hopefully on Sunday week in Clonmel we will have over 1000 women taking part in the Tipperary Ladies Mini Marathon.