Carrick road runners limber up for Three Counties Challenge races

Carrick-on-Suir AC’s annual Three Counties Challenge series will expand to five races this year.

Carrick-on-Suir AC’s annual Three Counties Challenge series will expand to five races this year.

The series will now start on Friday, April 26 with the first running of the Faugheen 5km road race, sponsored by Bobby FitzGerald Accountants.

This flat course will be held on the famous Faugheen 50 motor bike circuit in the pretty Tipperary village and is sure to become a runner’s favourite very quickly.

It will be followed by the second new addition in the series, the O’Neill Pharmacy 5-mile road race on Friday, May 8.

This race has been organised by the Portlaw Red Cross for several years with the help of Carrick AC, so it was a natural progression to include this fantastic Co. Waterford course in the series.

The third race in the series will be the popular Carraig Hotel ‘Deadman’s 5’ road race.

This race starts outside the historic Ormond Castle in Carrick-on-Suir and takes in a scenic 5-mile run around the Deadman’s Boreen and finishes on a lovely straight stretch passing the tree-lined Town Park.

The fourth race will be the AutoPower Rathgormack 5 on July 14.

This challenging, undulating course is a popular event in the series, thanks to the beautiful scenery of the Comeragh Mountains and the superb home cooking which can be sampled afterwards in the Hiking Centre.

The series will conclude with the MorrisOil Piltown 10k road race. The race starts in the grounds of Kildalton Horticultural College and winds its way down by the lake and tree-lined avenue before taking in a circuit of the flat roads around Piltown.

The club is delighted to welcome back Outfield Sports, Carrick-on-Suir, as the series sponsor for the seventh year Adidas is also a title sponsor.

The prize fund will be in excess of €10,000 with €200 first prize for all races and prizes in all the usual age categories. There will be a team prize at each race as well as spot prizes down the field. There will also be a souvenir for anyone who runs four of the five races as well as a €25 voucher for Adidas running footwear at Outfield Sports.

Pre-entry can be availed of at http://www.runireland.com/ and up-to-date information will be available on the club website, http://www.carrickroadrunners.ie/ and club Facebook page.

Meanwhile, two Carrick AC runners, Martina O’ Dwyer and Patrick Roche, performed with distinction in the British Masters Indoor Championships in
London.

Patrick finished in an excellent fourth place in the 3,000 metres with a time of 9:46, while Martina won the ladies’ 3,000 metres in a new Irish record time of 10:20. Congratulations to both from all in the Club.

Four Carrick AC runners took part in the recent Deise Dungarvan 10k road race and all enjoyed very good runs.

Patrick Roche came home in fourth place overall in a superb time of 34:47. Andrew Downey smashed the 40-minute barrier , clocking 38:33 while Tom Doherty came home in a time of 41:17.

The Club’s only representative in the ladies’ race, Emer O’Brien, finished in 45:55 and was fourth in the O/40 category.

Tommy Falconer was Carrick AC’s first finisher in the Ballycotton 10 mile race last Sunday and again broke one hour for the classic distance with a time of 59:36.

Michael O’Sullivan had an excellent run also, clocking 63:37. Seamus Ward was very happy with his time of 68:11 and Tom Egan ran a really solid race to finish in 68:44. Melanie Ward was the Club’s only lady runner and finished in 89:22. Well done to all runners.

The Club’s Fit-4-Life programme continues every Tuesday at Kildalton College,Piltown with a 7pm start.

This programme is ideal for runners intending to participate in the Three Counties Challenge series of races.