David Power receiving his prize from Barry Horgan of O'Reilly Total Pharmacy.
Clonmel AC’s pre-Christmas 4k series of races was this year sponsored by O'Reilly Total Health Pharmacy. The four races were an outstanding success with 259 athletes competing in at least one of the races.
“The club are very grateful to Barry Horgan for such generous sponsorship. We are indeed very grateful to the Brothers of Charity for the use of their carpark as race headquarters. We are indebted to the Red Cross for covering the first aid for each of the races. We are also very grateful to all our stewards who ensured that all the races were very well marshalled,” a club spokesperson said.
The first race attracted 137 athletes competing on what was an ideal night for running, mild and still with no wind. The race format was Lucky Dip - this is where finishing positions are selected prior to the race and the athletes who finish in these positions win prizes. The Lucky Cash Prize winners were Tony Scully 19th in 16:40, Annmarie Boland 47th in 18:42, Patrick Hackett 59th in 19:48, Troy Spink 85th in 22:15, Mary Morrison 98th in 24:30, Jackie Hickey 118th in 26:53 and Linda Guthrie 1133rd in 36:19. The hamper prize was won by David Power.
The race was won by Mark Darmody in 14:22, 2nd Nigel O'Flaherty in 14:48 and 3rd Brian Carroll in 15:15. The top three women finishers were Claire O'Brien 8th in 16:08, Suzanne Shine 14th in 16:31 and Denise O'Brien 35th in 18:05.
The second race attracted 157 entries and the race format was once again a Lucky Dip. The winners were Tom Butler 22nd in 16:36, Elaine Horgan 43rd in 17:41, Patrick Hackett 70th in 19:09, Jan O’Dwyer 84th in 21:03, Jo Brett 98th in 22:02, Derek Nolan 124th in 24:54 and Tina Burke 151st in 34:23. There was also a special raffle from all the race numbers handed in at the finishing line and the lucky hamper winner was Michael Doocey. The race was won by Brian Looram in 14:55, Brian Carroll 2nd in 15:06 and 3rd Billy Moloney 15:13. The top three women finishers were Suzanne Shine 24th in 16:39, Michelle Doherty 31st in 17:08 and Ali O Connor 36th in 17:24.
The third Lucky Dip race attracted 140 athletes, with Alan Carter 17th in 16:05, John Griffin 39th in 17: 18, Liam Keane 44th in 17:41, Maurice Boland 69th in 20:36, Catherine Slattery 79th in 21:18, Mary Longworth 100th in 22:56, Laura Duggan 130th in 27:12 and Helen Cahill 140th in 32:26 taking the prizes. The hamper prize winner was John Hynes 7th in 15:27. Gareth McGlinchey won the race in 13:46, followed by Anthony Bowen 2nd in 13:51 and Brian Carroll 3rd in 14: 47. The top three women finishers were Kealey Tideswell 22nd in 16:15, Yvonne O'Connor 29th in 16: 29 and Suzanne Shine 30th in 16:33.
Despite the bad weather conditions, the fourth race attracted a very good entry of 116 athletes. Lucky Dip winners were Keith O'Brien 8th in 16:12, Vincent McHugh 21st in 16:47, David Power 34th in 17:55, Paul Conway 55th in 20: 53, Gillian Whelan 67th in 21: 33, Moira Molloy 82nd in 23:12 and Tess Kiely 103rd in 25:20. The special hamper prize was won by Martina Butler. The race was won by Nigel Flaherty in 15:15, 2nd Eddy O Donoghue in 15:21 and 3rd Ian Purcell in 15:24. The top three women finishers were Clare Annan in 16:31, Michelle Doherty in 17:19 and Elaine Horgan in 17:22.
All 130 athletes and stewards who took part in three out of the four races can collect a special goody bag at O Reilly’s Pharmacy on Gladstone Street, Clonmel.