Sandis Bralitis and Martina O’Dwyer win first-ever Faugheen 5k races

The 2013 OutfieldSports.ie Three Counties Challenge got off to a flying start on Friday evening last when a field of 218 runners lined up just outside the village for the first ever Faugheen 5k. This was a fantastic turnout for a brand new race and is a reflection of the popularity of this series which is now in its seventh year. Bobby FitzGerald of Fitzgerald Accounting, the race sponsor, was on hand to start the event and there was great support for the runners as they passed through the village on the loop made famous by the Faugheen ‘50’ motorbike race.

The 2013 OutfieldSports.ie Three Counties Challenge got off to a flying start on Friday evening last when a field of 218 runners lined up just outside the village for the first ever Faugheen 5k. This was a fantastic turnout for a brand new race and is a reflection of the popularity of this series which is now in its seventh year. Bobby FitzGerald of Fitzgerald Accounting, the race sponsor, was on hand to start the event and there was great support for the runners as they passed through the village on the loop made famous by the Faugheen ‘50’ motorbike race.

As the field made its way towards Ballinurra Cross there was a group of three out front but when they came back into the village to the finish line it was Sandis Bralitis (West Waterford AC) who had broken clear. Sandis took the victory in a very fast time of 15:17 with Kevin Moore (Dundrum AC) in second place clocking 15:29. Mick Traynor from Raheny Shamrocks took the third prize in 15:33 with Ravis Zaikis (West Waterford) and David Ryan (Clonmel AC) taking fourth and fifth prizes respectively. The first Carrick AC runner to finish was Daragh Byrne in fifteenth place (16:38) just ahead of Patrick Roche (16:40) and David Waters (16:43).

Race winner, Sandis Bralitis, was presented with the beautiful Moran Cup by Teresa Moran, sister of the accomplished athlete, Gerry Moran, who first received the cup in the 1970’s.

The ladies’ race was won by 
Carrick AC’s Martina O’Dwyer in a time of 17:51 with Aine Roche (Clonmel AC) in second place and Diane Behan (Waterford AC) in third. Fourth place went to another Carrick AC runner, Emer O’Brien, ahead of Ann Dunford (West Waterford).

The team prizes were very closely contested with Waterford AC (Frank Quinlan, Trevor Power and Brian Swaby) taking the men’s prize. Carrick AC’s trio of Ger Houlihan, Josephine O’ Dwyer and Ann Cronin won the ladies’ prize.

Carrick AC would like to thank all who helped to make the inaugural Faugheen 5k such a resounding success. We are particularly grateful to Bobby FitzGerald for the generous sponsorship of our new race by Bobby FitzGerald Accounting, Carrick-on-Suir.Given the very positive feedback from all athletes after the race, we are confident that the Faugheen 5k will quickly become a favourite with runners of all abilities. The club would also like to thank Alan Treacy of Outfield Sports for the continued sponsorship of the overall series which has gone from strength to strength over the past seven years.

Our friends in Carrick-on-Suir Red Cross were once again on hand to provide the vital medical and ambulance services for the race and we would like to thank Finola Walsh and the team for their assistance. Kevin O’ Dee and his team of stewards made certain of the runners’ safety for which we are very grateful.

Thanks to the many volunteers who helped with parking, registration and results.The post-race refreshments and prize-giving in Flemings Bar were greatly enjoyed by all and thanks to Margaret Fleming for looking after everybody so well and to Elaine Walsh for providing the wonderful food.

The series moves to county Waterford next for the O’Neill Pharmacy Tom Jordan Memorial race over a fast 5 miles on May 10th with a 7:30pm start. Last year’s renewal attracted a record field of over 170 runners and no doubt that total will be surpassed this year.

Faugheen 5k Winners:

Senior Men :

1. Sandis Bralitis (West Waterford) 15:17 2. Kevin Moore (Dundrum AC) 15:29 3. Mick Traynor (Raheny Shamrocks) 15:33 4. Ravis Zaikis (West Waterford) 15:43 5. David Ryan (Clonmel AC) 15:50

O/40 : David Drohan (Waterford AC)

O/45: Fintan Rice (Fethard)

O/50: Walter Keane (Waterford AC)

O/55: Sean McGowan

O/60: Joe Gough (West Waterford AC)

Junior: Yves Lemaitre

Team: Waterford AC

Senior Ladies:

1. Martina O’Dwyer (Carrick AC) 17:51 2. Aine Roche (Clonmel AC) 19:25 3. Diane Behan (Waterford AC) 20:08 4. Emer O’ Brien (Carrick AC) 21:42 5. Ann Dunford (West Waterford)

O/35: Grainne Tierney (Clonmel AC)

O/40: Joanne Dunford (West Waterford)

O/45: Liz Ryan

O/50: Maura O’Neill (Carrick AC)

O/55: Bernie Sexton (Carrick AC)

Junior: Jennifer Rice (Fethard)

Team: Carrick AC

Clonmel Senior Athletic Club

Great performances in Faugheen 5K

The Faugheen 5k road race took place in good conditions last Friday night and it was great to see so many Club members participate over what is considered to be a good fast course promoted by Carrick on Suir Road Runners. David ryan showed that he is in top form at present when running a very good 15 mins 49 secs, a PB, when 5th overall and 1st over 40. Then we had Paudie O Keeffe also running very well when finishing 20th in 16:51, another PB. Liam Casey also ran well when finishing 39th in 18:14. Then we had two athletes posting PBs for this distance with John Browne 43rd 18:38 and Brian Carroll 44th 18:40 respectively. Brian Long showed that his preparation for the Cork Marathon is going well when finishing 47th in 18:55.

We also had good performances from David Johnson 58th 19:07, Ciaran Fahey 59th 19:09. Aine Roche also ran very well when finishing 2nd Senior lady in 19:25. We also saw good performances from Mark Corcoran 68th 19:36, Paul Shanahan 72nd 19:51, Keith Barry 76th 20:21, Maurice Boland 84th 20:49, 
Ciaran O’Flaherty 87th 20:53, Donal Casey 88th 20:47, Liz Ryan 108th 22:12, Maeve Freaney 112th 22:23, Joe Grinsell 114th 22:28, Pat Tobin 118th 22:43, Grainne Tierney 127th 23:22, Tom Tierney 128th 23:22, Hazel Galloway 134th 24:28, Gary Hallinan 139th 24:56, Darragh O Keeffe making his debut for the Club ran well when finishing 149th 25:41, Eamon Crowley 152nd 25:57, Pauline Lonergan 168th 27:20, Andrea Keenan 205th 32:45 and Ali Laste 208th 33:50.

Great finale to Morrison BMW 6K series

The Morrison BMW Cahir sponsored 6K road race series finished on a high last Wednesday night when 249 athletes competed in the 5th race of the series, the Lucky Dip format. Conditions were ideal and as such many athletes ran PBs for the distance, a great way to end the series, athletes running faster on the final night, a sign of progress. In this race athletes were able to wear their watches, did that help them to run fast times? The athletes who won prizes last night were Elaine Walley, Geraldine Phelan, Brian McDonald, Eamon Moloney, Paudie O Keeffe and Dean Kennedy.

This year’s series was our best ever since we started this series of races back in 1982. The purpose of starting this series then is as relevant today as it was then, that aim was to introduce adults to running, for at that time we had a very strong Juvenile Club while the Senior side of the Club was struggling for numbers. It was great to see the progress this series has made over the past few years. In 2009 we had 187 athletes that competed in at least one race of the series while this year we had 358 athletes who have competed in at least one of the races. This year the gender break down was 195 Men and 163 Women. In 2009 we had 143 Men and 44 Women Competing.

The Presentation of Prizes took place in the Post House and the Club would like to thank Donal Daly and his staff for all their help in making the night a great occasion, for providing the Post Race refreshments and the Live Music. The Club Chairman, Frank Lynch also thanked our Sponsors, Morrison BMW Cahir for all their support. He also thanked the Gardai and the Civil Defence and the many Club Stewards that ensured the whole series of races went off smoothly. Graham Lyons of behalf of the Sponsors praised the Club for promoting a very successful series of races and they were delighted to be associated with this event and it was great to see it going from strength to strength. The next race on the Club’s calendar is the RUN4Fun in Cahir on Wednesday May 1st at 7.30pm and this event is also being sponsored by Morrison BMW Cahir for a very worthy cause South Tipp Hospice. Entries will be taken at the Morrison BMW premises from 6 o clock onwards.

Annerville 10k

Preparations are going well for this year’s Annerville 10K road race which takes place on Sunday 12th May at 2 pm. Entries will be taken on the day at the Race headquarters which is The Vocational School, the Mall from 10.00 am onwards and there will be a specially designed T Shirts for the 1st 400 entrants, so come early and enter. There will be changing facilities there as well. The entry fee is €10, great value and indications are that this year’s entries will be well up on last year which saw 333 athletes and walkers complete the Classic distance race over what was a good level course, ideal to achieve a Personal Best. This year’s race will start outside the Race headquarters at the Clonmel Vocational School, the Mall. Here the athletes will precede down to Ferryhouse, over Sir Thomas’s Bridge and then turning right to Kilganey, Coleville Road, Loreto Convent, along the Raheen Road, the Old Bridge to the Dungarvan Roundabout where the athletes will turn right and then right again at the traffic lights at Irishtown and finish under the West Gate.

There is also a great indication that many new participants in this year’s Inter Firms Road League which was ran over 6K of this 10K course will also compete in the Annerville 10K on May 12th. Don’t forget to come along early and enter early on May 12th for your specially designed T Shirt while there will be many Spot Prizes to be won by participants throughout the race. This is an ideal event for people to use to raise funds for local charitable causes

For further race enquiries please contact Niall O’Sullivan at 086 1660888.

Poulmucka Road Races

These very popular races takes place on Friday May 24th in Poulmucka and all levels of fitness will be catered for. For the Meet and Train groups there is a 5K Road race where all the participants must predict their finishing times and then run the distance without a watch, they will be transported out to the start. Then there is the Open 8K road race which will start in the village. Both races will start at the same time and this usually creates a great atmosphere as both races will finish at the same time at the same place. Hopefully we will get as many Club members as possible to participate in these races as these races are a Club event and we have club members Tommy Cahill, Kate Wall, Helen O Ceallaigh and Niall O Ceallaigh on the organising committee and they deserve our fullest support. For further enquiries please contact Andy at 086 3609110.

Engagements

In recent times two prominent members of the Club got engaged and the Club would like to wish them the very best. Congrats to Aine Roche and John and also to Donna Nagle and Richie O’Donoghue on their recent engagements.

Clonmel Juvenile Athletic Club

Great performances at Munster Championships

The Munster Juvenile combined events took place last weekend in Cork. The Club had 6 athletes competing and it was the first time the Club ever participated at these Championships and great credit to the Coaches and indeed all the athletes for all the training over the past couple of weeks. In these competitions athletes had to compete in the Long Jump, Turbo Javelin, 60m and 600m and they scored points based on their individual finishing positions in each event and it was the combined total that decided their final finishing positions. Carlos grace performed very well in the Boys under 11 competition that saw him finishing 13th overall on 656 points. In the Girls under 11 competition we had great performances from Aoibhinn Foley who was 1st in the Turbo Javelin, with Veerle van der Wal 2nd and Aine Grace 3rd. In the Long Jump Veerle van der Wal was 1st with Aoibhinn Foley 2nd. In the overall competition Aine Grace performed very well when finishing 4th in her debut in this competition with 728 points, only 18 points off the Bronze medal. We also had great performances from Aoibhinn Foley 6th on 638 points, Robyn O’Flynn 7th on 578 points and Veerle van der Wal 8th on 549 points. In the Girls under 12 competition Ava Fennessy performed very well especially in the Long Jump where she finished 5th. Ava was 9th overall on 1380 points.

In the Munster Junior Track and Field Championships club members preformed very well. Megan O Brien won the Women’s 400m Bronze medal in 65.12 secs. Aoife Laste won the Women’s 1500m Bronze medal in 5 mins 17.01 secs. In the Women’s 3000m we recorded a 1 – 2 with Orlaith Moynihan winning the race in 10 mins 52.12 secs with Laura Tobin 2nd in 11 mins 0.02 secs. Thomas Channon made his debut for the Club in these Championships when running the 200m in 24.79 secs and he is sure to improve as the season progresses. In the Junior Men’s 5000m Michael Carey showed a welcome return to competition with a great performance when winning in 16 mins 14.18 secs. Anthony Tobin also performed very well when winning the 3000m Walk.

Tipp Schoolboys Soccer League

Tipperary Schoolboys Southern and District Soccer League

Results –

Schoolboys

U12B Tipperary Cup Final

Cashel Town 1-2 Moyglass

U12B League

Cashel Town 0-0 Bansha Celtic

U13A League

Moyglass 7-0 Bansha Celtic; Clonmel Town A 3-1 Clerihan; Moyglass 0-8 Clonmel Town A; Cahir Park 5-1 Bansha Celtic; St Michaels 0-2 Cahir Park

U13B Tipperary Cup Final

Vee Rovers 1-0 Clonmel Celtic

U13B League

Clonmel Town B 1-2 Cahir Park B; Cahir Park B 2-7 Vee Rovers; Mullinahone 1-2 Gortnahoe; Clonmel Celtic 4-1 Cashel Town; Cashel Town 1-2 Vee Rovers; Cahir Park B 3-2 Mullinahone

U14A League

St Michaels 2-0 Burncourt Celtic; Clonmel Town A 8-1 Moyglass; Clerihan 0-3 Clonmel Town A; Clonmel Celtic 3-0 Moyglass

U14B Tipperary Cup Final

St Kevins 0-2 Clonmel Town B

U15 Tipperary Cup Final

Clonmel Town A 4-0 St Kevins

U15 League

Peake Villa 1-1 Clonmel Celtic; St Michaels 4-2 Clonmel Celtic; Clonmel Town A 2-3 St Kevins

U15 Plate

Cashel Town 1-3 Cahir Park

U16 League

Bansha Celtic 3-3 Peake Villa

Schoolgirls

U12A League

Clonmel Celtic 5-2 Tipperary Town

U12B League

Clerihan 3-3 Burncourt Celtic; Cashel Town Rebels 2-2 Cahir Park

U14 League

Clonmel Celtic 8-1 Tipperary Town

Congratulations

Congratulations to Vee Rovers who won the U13B Cup Final on Sunday with a 1-0 victory over Clonmel Celtic; to the Clonmel Town U15 team who were successful in winning the U15 Tipperary Cup with a fine 4-0 victory over St Kevins; to the Moyglass team that won the U12B Tipperary cup by beating Cashel Town in a great final; and to the Clonmel Town U14B team that defeated St Kevins in the U14B Tipperary Cup final that was played at the Peake Villa grounds on Sunday.