Clonmel AC promoted a very successful 5 mile road race in Clerihan last Friday night and it was brilliant to see the club colours very well represented.
David Mansfield showed that he has fully recovered from his recent great marathon performance in Waterford where he ran 2 hours 57 mins when turning in another great performance when finishing 4th in 28 min 29 secs.
Paudie Oâ€™Keeffe also ran well when winning the over 40 award when 5th overall in 28 mins 56 secs. Angela McCann also ran very well when 2nd Senior women and 8th overall in 30 min 29 secs.
Derek Nolan wins O-50
Then we had Derek Nolan winning the over 50 award when 9th overall in 30 min 36 secs, Declan Curley also ran very well when 2nd over 40 in 30:54 when 11th overall. John Walsh also ran well when 13th in 31:48 with Eoin McGrath 15th (31:59), Larry Martin 16th (32:15) and Gary Grant 17th (32:55).
Orlaith Moynihan ran very well on her maiden road race performance when finishing 3rd women in 32 mins 45 secs.
We also had good performances from Brian Carroll 19th (32:47), Peter Kiely 20th (32:56), John Browne 23rd (33:24), James Denn 24th (33:25), Aine Roche 26th (33:34), Liam Casey 27th (33:36), Dave Johnson 28th (33:58), Cyril Fogarty 35th (34:50), Aidan Cremins 36th (34:52) and Catherine Rice 39th (35:01).
Great to have Kealey back
Then we had Kealey Tideswell running very impressively after over three years lay off due to injury when finishing 40th in 35 mins 4 secs, great to see Kealey back after such a lengthy lay off.
We also had good performances from athletes like Brian Long 43rd (36:19), Ned Oâ€™Brien 44th (36:22), Tom Bourke 45th (36:26), James Oâ€™Brien 48th (36:44), Billy Prout 49th (36:46), Ivan Barlow 61st (38:20), Sean Oâ€™Dea 62nd (38:20), Cormac Healy 64th (38:24), John Laste 65th (38:47), Donna Nagle 70th (39:22), Joe Grinsell 75th (40:47), Eamon Crowley 79th (41:51), Michael Sweetman 81st (42:07), Anne Marie Keating 83rd (42:17), Una Redfern was 2nd over 40 when 85th (42:30), Eileen Hynes was 2nd over 50 when 91st (42:56), Deirdre Healy 93rd (42:58), Bernie Hopkins 97th (43:26), Ger Daly 102nd (44:25), Melissa McCarthy 103rd (44:51), Ger Phelan 104th (44:51), Gemma McLoughlin113th (46:13), Roberta Ryan 125th (48:30), Ailish Cooney 127th (49:16), Helen Gilman 132nd (50:16), Shauna Ryan 133rd (50:16), Emily Oâ€™Regan 142nd (51:36), Marie Laste 145th (51:45), Madeline White 146th (51:53), Sabrina Guida 154th (54:11), Kiara Delahunty 157th (55:15) , Majella Quinlivan 162nd (55:24), Sareen Walsh 165th (55:41) and Andrea Keenan 169th (56:59).
The late Joe Grinsell
The club received very sad news last weekend with the passing of Joe Grinsell after a drowning accident on Saturday evening.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his mother and her family in their hour of darkness.
Joe was a fantastic club member and the whole athletic community was shocked with the news.
May he rest in peace.