The County Intermediate Ladies 5k and Men’s 8k took place in Powerstown Race course, Clonmel where conditions were ideal for Cross Country running.
The Ladies race saw Carmel Fitzgibbon of Thurles Crokes go off as favourite and after the initial charge which saw three athletes go to the front with Aine Roche of Clonmel, Niamh Hennessy of Templemore and Carmel. Then midway along the top straight Carmel took up the pace and soon moved clear of the chasing pack. She maintained this strong pace to come home a very worthy and convincing Champion and achieve the County Novice and Intermediate double, a feat achieved last year by her sister Maria. Carmel’s winning time was 21 misn 4 secs.
Niamh Hennessy moved into 2nd place on the final lap and she kept that position all the way to the line to win the silver medal in 21 mins 40 secs, adding this medal to the Silver medal she won in the County Novice.
Then we had Aine Roche of Clonmel running well to win the Bronze medal in 22 mins.
4th was Catherine Rice Clonmel 22 mins 20 secs, 5th Sinead Oakes Nenagh Olympic 23 mins 8 secs, 6th Catherine Kelly Dundrum 23 mins 20 secs, 7th Johanna Lacy Clonmel 23 mins 28 secs, 8th Frances Long Moyne 24 mins 10 secs, 9th Lyndsey Dooley Thurles Crokes 24 mins 25 secs and 10th Bridget Gleeson Moyne 24 mins 40 secs.
In the team event Clonmel with their three athletes, Aine, Catherine and Johanna, in the top 7 they were convincing winners on 14 points, the Silver medals were won by the Thurles Crokes team of Carmel, Lyndsey and Sinead O Meara who was 14th in 25:47, with 24 points. The Moyne team of Frances, Bridget and Trish Campion who was 12th in 24:51 won the Bronze medals with 30 points. For the record 4th Moore Abbey Milers 53 points, Moyne B team 53 points and Thurles Crokes B team 54 points.
In the Men’s 8k race 34 athletes faced the starter, Patsy Dorney. Right from the start William Maunsell of Clonmel made his intentions know by going clear within a 100m of the start. This strong pace soon had the field in single file as Danny Smith of Ballynonty and Mike Cunningham of Moore Abbey Milers gave chase.
These three athletes stayed well clear of the chasing pack in that order throughout the rest of the race with William Maunsell making every stride a winning one when coming home a very worthy and convincing Champion in 29 mins 6 secs. Then we had Danny Smith of Ballynonty also running very well to win the Silver medal in 29 mins 47 secs with Mike Cunningham of Moore Abbey Milers making his Cross Country debut for his Club a worthy one when winning the Bronze medal in 30 mins 17 secs.
4th was Patrick Hughes of Thurles Crokes, 5th John Russell of Coolquill, 6th Andrew Smyth of Coolquill, 7th Donal Keane of Dundrum, 8th Tom Blackburn Moore Abbey Milers, 9th Fintan Rice Fethard and 10th James Ryan of Dundrum.
In the team event, the competition was very keen as most Clubs were all waiting for their 4th scorer to finish. In the end Thurles Crokes were crowned Champions with their four scorers, Patrick Hughes, John Fitzgibbon 11th, Liam Shanahan 13th and John Dooley 14th packing well to win the title on 42 points. The Silver medals were won by the Coolquill team of John, Andrew, Ross Alexander 17th and Jack Alexander 22nd on 50 points. The Dundrum team of Donal, James, Martin Keane 12th and Graham Butler 25th won the Bronze medals on 54 points. Clonmel were 4th on 64 points.
The County Chairman, Billy Purcell thanked the Clonmel Club for organising a great event and he thanked Powerstown Racecourse Committee for the use of their fine facilities.
Munster Novice Ladies and Men’s Cross Country – Limerick Racecourse – Sunday 27th October
County Under 23 and Master Cross Country Championships – Thurles Crokes complex – Sunday 3rd November.