The Annerville 10K took place in good dry but blustery conditions last Sunday in Clonmel. There was a hive of activity at the Gaelcholiste Cheitinn, from early on Sunday morning and at around 2 pm there was a great buzz of excitement and great atmosphere as athletes stood in the sunshine waiting for the race to start. Well over 300 athletes went to the line, many of them dressed as Superman’s friends as they raised funds for Cystic Fibrosis, it all added to a great sporting occasion.
Right from the start, Sandis Bralitis of West Waterford, former winner of this race on a number of occasions, set a strong pace with Danny Smith of Ballynonty in close attendance. Sandis Kept the strong pace going as he reached 5k in 15 mins 18 secs and was well clear of the chasing pack. Sandis went on to win a great race in 31 mins 51 secs and so set a course record for this new course, which received great comments from many athletes.
Danny Smith was 2nd in 34 mins 5 secs with John Shanahan of Dundrum 3rd in 35 mins 11 secs. Frank Carroll of East Cork was 4th in 34 mins 18 secs with Kevin Moore of Dundrum 5th in 35 mins 17 secs. 6th man was Michael Ryan (Dundrum) 36 mins 2 secs, 7th Kenny Curran (Ballynonty) 36 mins 11 secs, 8th Sean McCarthy (Clonmel) 36 mins 25 secs, 9th David Waters (Carrick on Suir) 36 mins 27 secs and 10th Eoin McGrath (Clonmel) 36 mins 48 secs.
Niall O’Ceallaigh (Clonmel) won the 0/40 award in 37 mins 30 secs with Conor Fleming (Clonmel) 2nd in 37 mins 54 secs. James Ryan (Dundrum) was 1st 0/45 in 36 mins 35 secs with Brendan Delaney (Roscrea) 2nd in 37 mins 14 secs. Brendan Ahearne (Kilsheelan) won the 0/50 award in 38 min 35 secs with Brendan Cronin (Carrick on Suir 2nd in 39 mins 23 secs. Matt Alexander (Coolquill) won the 0/55 award in 38 mins 46 secs with Joe Grinsell of Clonmel 1st 0/60 in 48 mins 49 secs. T J O’Loughlin (Clonmel) won the 0/65 award in 51 mins 31 secs.
The Ladies race saw Siobhan O’Doherty of Borrisokane returning to competition after her Paris Marathon debut and she ran a great race when finishing 6th overall in 35 mins 52 secs. Angela McCann (Clonmel) was 2nd in 36 mins 59 secs. Mary Sweeny (St Finbarr’s) was 3rd in 40 mins 57 secs with Aine Roche 4th in 41 mins 4 secs. Karen Ryan (Dundrum) was 5th in 45 mins 35 secs.
Regina Byrne of Waterford was 1st 0/35 in 44 mins 47 secs with Audrey Kearney (Clonmel) 2nd in 45 mins 33 secs.
Miriam O’Gorman (Clonmel) won the 0/45 award in 47 mins 53 secs with Kathy Farrell (Kilkenny) 2nd in 49 mins 29 secs.
Maura Lawlor (Waterford) was 1st 0/45 in 47 mins 34 secs with Mary Murphy (St Finbarr’s) 1st 0/50 in 49 mins.
The Club would like to thank Gaelcholiste Cheitinn for the use of their fine facilities, the Gardai for their work in ensuring the safety of everyone throughout, the many stewards, especially our friends from Poulmucka, who did a fantastic job at every junction, the Civil Defence for their helped throughout the race and all who helped at the water stations and the Ladies committee are to be complimented for the brilliant array of post race food that everyone enjoyed after the race. There was a great atmosphere at the finish at the West Gate and many onlookers have pencilled in next year’s race as a definite.