The blue riband events of the County Road Championship season were decided last Sunday in Two Mile Borris where the County Ladies 5k and Men’s 10K Road Championships took place.
In the ladies race which attracted a record entry of 29 athletes representing five clubs, Angela McCann, Clonmel soon went to the front shortly after the start and along with Martina O’Dwyer, Carrick on Suir kept the strong pace going that soon had the two of them well clear of the chasing pack. Then over the final 800m Angela upped the pace to come home a worthy Champion in 18:22 with Martina two secs adrift. Dympna Ryan, Dundrum emerged from the chasing pack to win the Bronze medal in 18:55. Aine Roche, Clonmel was 4th 20:02, Kate Wall, Clonmel 5th 20:12 and Catherine Rice, Clonmel 6th 20:31. In the team event the Clonmel trio of Angela, Aine and Kate were crowned County Champions while the Clonmel team of Catherine Johanna Lacy 7th 20:34 and Sandra Bowe 9th 21:01 won the Silver medals. The Dundrum team of Dymphna, Claire Devitt 8th 21:00 and Mary Keane 16th 23:10 won the Bronze medals. Moyne were 4th on 44 points with Thurles Crokes 5th on 46 points. In the B Section, the Clonmel team of Donna Nagle who was 13th 21:57, Edwina Murphy 19th 24:18 and Bernie Hopkins 20th 25:07 won the Gold medals. The Moyne team of Sharon Kiely 22nd 26:07, Rosie Cleere 23rd 26:08 and Eileen Ryan 26th 28:51 won the Silver medals. The Moyne team of Mairead O’Dwyer 27th 28:56, Evelyn Cornally 28th 28:58 and Catherine Britton 29th 31:45 won the Bronze medals.
The men’s race attracted a very good entry of 51 athletes. Right from the start a group of three athletes set the pace and they were the eventual Champion, Kevin Moore, Dundrum, Danny Smith, Ballynonty and Shane Mullaney Thurles Crokes with David Ryan, Clonmel in close attention. At the 3K mark the leading trio went through in 9:59 with David 6 seconds adrift. The leaders were still together at 5k in 16:57 then shortly after this the tempo was increased with Kevin and Danny moving clear of Shane. These two athletes were running shoulder to shoulder maintaining a strong pace as they turned off the main road and headed for Two Mile Borris. As they approached the fly over Kevin went for it increasing the pace very strongly and by the top of the incline had edged clear but still had a lot of work to do as Danny tried to keep in touch. As they approached the village Kevin went again and moved clear over the final 300m to win in 33 mins 54 secs, a great victory in what was a very good competitive race. Kevin was 10th in last year’s race and is the current County Intermediate Road Champion, so a nice Double for Kevin this year. Danny Smith ran very well to win the Silver medal in 34:14 with Shane Mullaney, Thurles Crokes winning the Bronze medal in 34:52. David Ryan, Clonmel was 4th in 35:19, 5th James Ryan Dundrum 35:58, 6th Michael Ryan Dundrum 36:14, 7th Kenny Curran, Ballynonty 36:17, 8th Declan Doherty, Thurles Crokes 36:35,David Kenneally, Thurles Crokes 36:38, 9th and Derek Nolan, Clonmel 10th 36:38. With Dundrum and Thurles Crokes having three in the top ten places all eyes was on their 4th scorer. We had to wait for Willie O’Dwyer, Dundrum who was 19th in 37:17 to finish for Dundrum to win the Cup for another year on 31 points with Clonmel edging Thurles Crokes on countback to win the Silver medal. The Clonmel team that won the Silver medal were David, Derek, and Paudie O’Keeffe who was 11th 36:46 and Larry Martin 18th in 37:26. The Thurles Crokes team that won the Bronze medals were Shane, Declan, Dave and Billy Phillips who was 23rd in 38:33. Ballynonty were 4th on 77 points with Coolquill 5th on 81 points and Moyne 6th on 148 points. In the B Section, open to Clubs with more than one team, the Clonmel team of Brian Long 20th 38:20, Conor Fleming 22nd 38:29 and Niall O Ceallaigh 26th 38:46 won the Gold medals. The Silver medals were won by the Clonmel team of Eoin McGrath 27th 39 mins, Ciaran Fahey 29th 39:25 and Billy Prout 35th 41:02. The Bronze medals were won by the Dundrum team of Ruaidhri Devitt 30th 39:51, Michael J Ryan 32nd 40:19 and Michael Coen 36th 41:18.
County Junior and Masters Road Championships
These Championships takes place this Saturday night, April 28 at 7pm in Ballingarry. Please note the new date and new starting time. The Junior 3k Women and Men race will get proceedings underway at 7pm followed immediately by the Master Women and Men’s 6k race.