Tipperary cross-country season gets underway on October 6

The Cross Country season is nearly upon us with the opening event promoted by Moyne Athletic Club taking place on Sunday, October 6 when the County Novice Ladies 4k and Men’s 6k Championships titles are down for decision.

The Cross Country season is nearly upon us with the opening event promoted by Moyne Athletic Club taking place on Sunday, October 6 when the County Novice Ladies 4k and Men’s 6k Championships titles are down for decision.

Athletes please note that the Ladies race will start at approx 2pm and will be followed immediately by the Men’s race.

In the Ladies race Clare Kelly of Templemore had a very good run in the Templemore 4 miler recently while other athletes that come in contention are Catherine Rice, Una Redfern of Clonmel, Clare Devitt and Mary Keane of Dundrum, Lyndsey Dooley of Thurles Crokes, Laura Carey of Coolquill, Frances Long and Ashling Maher of Moyne as well as Anne Cummins and Trish Blackmore of Moore Abbey Milers and Aine Doocey of Fethard. Next Sunday’s Ladies Mini Marathon in Clonmel could shed more light on the likely contenders. The defending team champions are Clonmel but they will face good competition from Thurles Crokes, Moyne, Dundrum, Moore Abbey Milers and Templemore.

Last year’s men’s event was dominated by Thurles Crokes who were convincing winners of the team title and all four are eligible again this year and they are William Hughes, Denis Shanahan, Patrick Hughes and Declan Doherty and when you add in athletes like John Fitzgibbon and Billy Phillips they will once again have a major say in the destination of both the individual and team titles.

Clonmel will be looking to the likes of Michael Carey, Evan Egan, Jack Allen and David Mansfield to try and defend the Individual title won last year by William Maunsell in Powerstown and aiming to go better in the team event where they finished 4th last year.

Dundrum will be led by William O’Dwyer and along with Michael Ryan, Colin Bradshaw and Ruaidhri Devitt will also be a formidable team to beat. Coolquill will look to athletes like Andrew Smyth, Michael Carey, John Russell and Dermot Logue to carry their colours to glory while Ballynonty will be looking to the likes of David Shelly, Pakie Ryan and Noel Ryan.

CLONMEL AC’s Goal Mile Challenge races

The first of three Goal Mile Challenge races took place last Wednesday night. Many athletes achieved Personal Bests for the four laps most notably Siobhan Roche who ran a brilliant 8 mins 3.4 secs improving on her 2012 performance of 9 mins 20 secs. Bernie Hopkins also improved on her 2012 run with 7:50. Also well up were Anna Byrne 7:19:72 with Gemma McLoughlin in 7:23:75.

The firstw four last week were Derek Nolan 5:19:32 secs, Andrew Downey 5:35:78, Angela McCann 5:48:26 secs and Clare Annan 5:52:97. The 2nd race takes place this Wednesday night, 27th September at 7pm.