The County Cross Country season got underway in earnest last Sunday with the promotion of the County Novice Cross Country Championships by Moyne AC.
The Ladies race attracted a record number of entries with 43 women, representing 8 clubs, competing and the winner was Carmel Fitzgibbon of Thurles Crokes.
Carmel returned to the sport in the past 12 months having enjoyed a very good juvenile career in the past. Niamh Hennessy of Templemore won silver while Clare Devitt of Dundrum took the bronze.
Johanna Lacy of Clonmel was fourth and they were followed home by 5th, Sinead Oakes (Nenagh Olympic), 6th, Emma Carey (Thurles Crokes), 7th, Edel Leahy (Moyne), 8th, Mairead Mulcahy (Moore Abbey Milers), 9th, Lyndsey Dooley (Thurles Crokes) and 10th, Frances Long (Moyne) 18:53.
The team competition was won by Thurles Crokes, with Moyne winning silver. The bronze medals saw a tie on 34 points between Moore Abbey Milers and Clonmel, with Moore Abbey Milers winning the Bronze medals on countback.
The Men’s race attracted a great entry of 53 athletes representing 12 clubs, with Ailbhe Ryan becoming the first Moyglass athlete to represent his Club at this level.
Stuart Moloney of Moore Abbey Milers won gold to bring the club their first County Novice Men’s title. Keith Maher of Nenagh Olympic took the silver while David Mansfield of Clonmel came through to win the bronze medal on his debut for the club in Cross Country.
In 4th place was Andrew Smyth (Coolquill), 5th, Patrick Roche (Carrick on Suir), 6th, Paudie O’Keeffe (Clonmel), 7th, Patrick Hughes (Thurles Crokes), 8th, Patrick Cummins (Moycarkey Coolcroo), 9th, Fintan Rice (Fethard) and 10th, Ruaidhri Devitt (Dundrum).
The team competition was a very open affair with 9 clubs having athletes in the top 10. In the end Coolquill emerged convincing winners with some great performances over the closing stages to win the title. Then we had Clonmel winning the silver medals with Dundrum winning the bronze.
This was Coolquill’s first time winning this title under Athletics Ireland rules. Congrats to all involved and this success was built on their team winning performances in the County Novice B for the past two years. The historic team that brought this coveted title to Coolquill was Andrew Smyth 4th, Dermot Logue 11th, Michael Carey 15th, Jack Alexander 25th and Andrew Galloway 40th.
The next County Cross-Country Championships are the Intermediates, which will be held in Powerstown Park racecourse in Clonmel on Sunday, 20th October. There will be a special function in Bannon’s Lounge, Two Mile Borris on Saturday October 12 to honour over 100 members of the famous Coolcroo Club.