The County Ladies 5k and Men’s 10K Road Race Championships takes place in Fethard on Sunday, May 19 at 12 noon. This is the first time these Championships will be hosted by the local club with the Ladies race starting at 12 noon followed by the Men’s 10K. In these Championships there is also a B Section for Clubs who enter more than one team, this should ensure that there will be good entries in both the Ladies and Men’s races as Clubs are encouraged to enter as many teams as possible. Eligibility for these Championships is that an athlete must be 20 years and over by the 31st December 2013.
The Ladies 5K race will see the defending Champion Angela McCann making a bold bid to retain her title. She is running well at present but will have to run very well to achieve her goal as there will be tough competition led by Dundrum’s Dymphna Ryan who recently beat her in the Cahir 4 mile race.
Other athletes who will provide tough competition will be Martina O’Dwyer and Claire Annan of Carrick on Suir and if Margaret Danagher (Templemore), Madeline Loughnane (Thurles Crokes) and Siobhan O’Doherty (Borrisokane) compete we will have a top class field competing.
In the team event the defending champions are Clonmel and they will once again be looking to Angela, Johann Lacy, Aine Roche and co to defend their title. They will face tough competition from Thurles Crokes who can also call upon Martina Ryan and the Fitzgibbon sisters, Maire and Carmel while Carrick on Suir, Moyne and Moore Abbey Milers will also be determined to get among the team medals.
The Men’s race should be another great race and very keen competition as defending Champion Kevin Moore will be going all out to retain his title. Kevin is running very well at present having finished 2nd in the Faugheen 5K recently. He will face tough competition from other in form athletes like Brian Murphy (Carrick on Suir), David Ryan (Clonmel), Patrick Hughes, the current County Intermediate Champion and Tony Fogarty (Thurles Crokes) and Danny Smith (Ballynonty).
In the team event the defending Champions are Dundrum and they will once again look to the talents of Kevin, John Shanahan, Donal Keane and Michael Ryan to retain their title for another year. They will face good competition from Carrick on Suir, who will be looking for their first title at this level as they can call upon David Waters, Patrick Roche, Daragh Byrnes and Tommy Falconer while the Thurles Crokes charge will be led by Patrick Hughes who along with Tony, Shane Mullaney, Denis Shanahan and Declan Doherty. Then you have clubs like Coolquill, Clonmel, Ballynonty, Moyne, Moore Abbey Milers and Fethard who will be trying to make their mark in these Championships.
There are great races for the month of May, organised by Clubs and approved by Athletics Ireland. Athletes are spoiled for choice as they have a number of distances to compete over ranging from 2 miles to 10K. Athletes are asked to support these races as they are an important source of revenue for the local Club who will plough that money back into improving their Club’s activities.
The Ballynonty Road Race Series
This series is underway at present with the 3 mile event taking place on Tuesday 14th May at 8pm, the 4 miles race on Tuesday 21st May at 8 pm and the 4 x 1 Mile Relay on Tuesday May 28th at 7.30pm . These are ideal races for any athletes looking for a race mid week and ideal as part of the weekly training.
The Tom Jordan 5 Mile Road Race takes place in Portlaw on Friday 10th May at 7.30pm. This race is organised by the Carrick on Suir Club and there are prizes in all the usual categories. The entry fee is €10. For further enquiries please contact Brian Nugent at 087 6128451.
The Annerville 10K Road Race takes place in Clonmel on Sunday 12th May at 2pm. The entry fee is €10 and the 1st 400 entrants will receive a special designed T Shirt. Prizes in all the major categories as well as Spot prizes for down the field finishers. For further enquiries please contact Niall O Sullivan at 086 1660888.
The Poulmucka Road Races takes place on Friday 24th May at 7.30pm. The 8K race is open to everyone with the entry fee of €10. There are plenty of prizes in all the major categories. There is also a 5k event and this is aimed at the Fit 4 life participants. These athletes must predict their finishing time forth e distance and then run the distance without a watch, prizes will be presented to those athletes who finish the closest to their predicted times regardless of where they finish in the race. Over the past few years tis event has grown in stature. Enquiries to Andy at 086 3609110
The Fethard 4 Mile Road Race takes place in Fethard on Thursday May 30th at 8 pm. This year’s race will be over a new course, a 2 lap course. There are prizes in all the Major categories. The entry fee is 10 Euros. There is also a 2 mile Challenge for Fit 4 Life participants with prizes on offer. For further enquiries please contact 087 9229747.
Angela McCann wins Limerick Marathon
Limerick was the place to be over the long weekend with a series of Road races there. In the Marathon Angela McCann ran a great race when winning in 2 hours 57 mins 13 secs when finishing 17th overall. This was great running by Angela who also won this event last year.
In the half marathon James Denn making his debut for the Club ran very well when finishing 98th in 93 mins 9 secs. Graham O Regan also ran very well when finishing 179th in 98 mins 24 secs. Another man to dip under the100mins for the distance was Ivan Barlow who ran well when finishing 220th in 99 mins 43 secs. Then we had Edel Roche also making her Club debut running very well when finishing 241st in 100 mins 54 secs. Marianne Kennedy also ran well and those long runs on Friday nights paid off when finishing 343rd in 105:11. Anne Marie Keating also making her debut in this event ran very well when finishing 960th in 120:04 while Edwena O Connell also ran well when 684th in 113:58. Then we had Leah Skelly, a newcomer to the sport and her debut over this distance ran very well when finishing 1690th in 151:56. These athletes now a target to beat in 14 weeks time when the Boston Scientific Half Marathon takes place in Clonmel on Sunday 18th August.
There was also a 10K in this series of races and here we saw good performances from Kate Hassett who was 1246th in 53:32, Mary O Neill 2222nd in 59:04 and Paula Morrissey 2361st in 59:52.
Paudie O’Connor wins 6k road race
The Duncannon road races took place last weekend and we had some great performances. In the 6k Paudie O’Connor ran a great race when winning in 23 mins 1 sec, the Monday night pace sessions at the Track stood to Paudie especially when the pressure came on over the closing stages, as he was able to increase the tempo to win convincingly. We also saw good running from Eoin McCarthy and Tony McCarthy with both of them finishing in 29 mins 11 secs. Paula McCarthy also ran very well when finishing 4th lady in 29:43 with Denise Fleming 36:10, Lauren O’Connor 36:10 and Ellen O’Connor 38:23. Then in the 12k event Conor Fleming also ran very well when finishing 2nd in 46 mins 42 secs.
Brilliant performances in RUN4Fun event
The Club promoted a very successful 4 mile Road Race in Cahir last week which was very generously sponsored by Morrison BMW Cahir. The race attracted 458 athletes and nearly 3000 Euros was raised for South Tipp Hospice, a very worthy cause. The Club would like to thank everyone, Gardai, Civil Defence, Morrison BMW staff, Karen Ryan and her team of Physios as well as our Club stewards for ensuring the event was such a success with Sergiu Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers winning in a superb 19 mins 16 secs, having gone through half way in 9 mins 38 secs. . It was great to see Club members running so well. Led home by Ardfinnan man, David Ryan who was 2nd in 21 mins 2 secs, Liam Casey 10th 23:53, Angela McCann 11th 24:16, Brian Carroll 15th 24:44, debutant James Denn 17th 25:08, Bernard Durand 20th 25:26, David Johnson 21st 25:27, Aine Roche 24th 25:45, Catherine Rice 1st lady 0/35 31st 26:33, John Browne 36th 26:55, Cyril Fogarty 37th 26:56, Ned O’Brien 38th 26:59, Donal Casey 39th 27:02, Maurice Boland 42nd 27: 18, Ciaran O’Flaherty 46th 27: 36, Andrew McHale 47th 27: 43, Adrian Lonergan 52nd 28:04, Eamon English 58th 28:34, Rebecca Doocey 69th 29:35, Sheena Mullins 71st 29:42, Brendan Franklin 76th 30:05, Tom Barry 77th 30:10, Orla Durand 80th 30:28, Sheila Parry 84th 30:37, Alan Connolly 87th , 30:58, Gary Morrison 88th 30:59, Joe Grinsell 92nd 31:03, Anne Maher 95th 31:18, Philip Quigley 97th 31:22, Myles McHugh 104th 31:41, Sarah Whelan 16th 31:46, Brendan White 108th 31:50, Martin Walsh 11th 31:58th Alina Neumerzhitskaya 112th 31:59, Vasiliy Neumerzhitskiy 113th 32:01. Paula Dwan 118th 32:29, Melissa McCarthy 130th 32:57, Ger Phelan 131st 32:58, Anna Byrne 139th 33:25, T J O’Loughlin 143rd 33:30, Claire Kinsella 144th 33:32, Helen O Ceallaigh 146th 33:41, Eamon Crowley 149th 33:58, Rhona Boyle 152nd 34:18, Trish Browne 156th 34:34, Annis Logue 157th 34:34, Catriona O’Connor 174th 35:28, Helen Gilman 186th 36:30, Shauna Ryan 187th 36:30, Regina Bourke 189th 36:31, Georgina Gilligan 194th 36:52, Nicola Connolly 196th 37:02, Lena Griffin 202th 37:20, Edmund Prendergast 218th 38:30, Stella Kenna 222nd 38:42, Regina Corbett 227th 39:11, Paula Morrissey 229th 39:12, Sabrina Guide 230th 39:16, Siobhan Roche 231st 39:16, Kiara Delahunty 232nd 39:36, Madeline White 236th 39:49, Yvonne Ryan 238th 39:55, Andrea Keenan 269th 43:06, Tess Kiely 272nd 43:14 and Breeda Marnane 357th 60:28,
Annerville 10K this Sunday
This very popular event takes place this Sunday, 12th May, in Clonmel at 2pm. The entry fee is 10 Euros. Entries will be taken at the Clonmel Vocational School, the Mall from 10 am onwards and the first 300 entrants will receive a specially designed T Shirt. Clonmel Athletic Club would like to thank South Tipperary Vocational Committee for the use of their fine facilities. The course is flat and officially measured by the Jones Counter and has an AAI permit.
The route of the race is as follows: starting on the Mall, outside the Vocational School, the athletes proceed down the Waterford Road on the right hand side to Bulmers Roundabout where they will turn right over Sir Thomas’s Bridge and then right again over Devine’s Bridge, along Kilganey and the Coleville road to the Loreto Convent. From here the athletes will be asked to keep on the left hand side of the road as they approach the Old Bridge as the water station is at Bernie Macs. Then as they approach the Dungarvan Road Roundabout they will be asked by the stewards to go on the right hand side of the road and onto the footpath. At the Dungarvan Road Roundabout they will turn right and staying on the right hand side of the road until they get to the traffic lights. Here they turn right and be requested to stay on the right hand side all the way down the final 700m to the finish at the West Gate. The Club is very grateful to the Civil Defence who will provide First Aid.
We would ask local participants to come early and enter as this will allow athletes who have to travel a distance to enter without any delay.
It is great to see local charities using this Classic event to raise funds for very worthy causes.
This year the organising committee has put together a great array of prizes and Spot Prizes for down the field finishers. There will also be post race refreshments served in the Clonmel Vocational School.
Contact Niall O’Sullivan at 086 1660888.