County Tipperary Athletics

Tipp Novice Cross Country titles for Sarah Fitzpatrick and Denis Shanahan

County Intermediates titles up for grabs in Moyglass on Sunday next

Tipp Novice Cross Country titles for Sarah Fitzpatrick and Denis Shanahan

Dundrum AC Men at the County Novice Cross Country Championships.

The County Cross Country season got underway last Sunday at the Turnpike when the County Novice titles were decided. Both races, Women’s 4k and Men’s 6k, attracted both quality and quantity and it was great to see so many clubs represented. 

In the women’s race Lorraine Healy of Moyne was determined to nail this title as she was third for the last two years. As such she set a strong pace that soon saw her draw clear of the chasing pack to come home a very worthy Champion.

Then we had the Mooreabbey Milers duo of Sarah Fitzpatrick and Aoife Courtney running two very good races. Sarah who surprised a lot of people with her fine performance in the County ten mile recently underlined that form when running very well to take the Silver medal with her club mate, Aoife capturing the  Bronze medal.

With three to score on the team, Mooreabbey Milers were emphatic winners of the title and thus regaining the title they last won in Moyglass in 2015. The defending Champions Moyne put up a great defence and won the Silver medals with Lorraine, Louise and newcomer, Edel Delaney who was 14th. The Bronze medals were won by the Clonmel trio of Michelle Doherty 7th, Mercedes Martinez 11th and Anne Marie Boland 12th. 

The men’s race was also very competitive. Here the early pace was set by Paul Minogue of Clonmel with a large chasing pack in close attention. Paul on his debut run in Cross Country, found the underfoot tough and on the second lap was joined by the chasing pack that now had dwindled down. At this stage Denis Shanahan of Thurles Crokes began to show prominently and he soon moved clear and kept the tempo going to win convincingly.

Paddy Cummins of the host Club also running very well, Paddy was third  last year and he was determined to do better this year and so he did, when emerging out of the chasing pack on the third lap to go clear to win the Silver medal with Dermot Hayes of Dundrum winning the bronze medal. 

With four to score in the team event, Thurles Crokes were convincing winners as along with Denis and William they also had very good performances from John Russell 8th and Liam Shanahan 9th. Like the Moyne women’s team, the Thurles Crokes Men’s team were regaining this title last won in Moyglass in 2015. Here again the defending champions, Dundrum put up a great tussle and were rewarded with winning the Silver medals with tier team of Dermot, Colm, Eamonn Morrissey 11th and Paudie Coen 18th. The Clonmel quartet of Paul, Joey Feery 7th, Conor Ryan 10th and Dermot Logue 15th won the Inter Club Bronze medals.  

Dundrum AC Ladies at the County Novice Cross Country Championships. Left to right: Mary Keane, Laura McCarthy Armstrong, Mairead Julian, Catherine Fogarty and Rebecca Lenehan.

County Intermediate Titles down for decision

A short turn around for athletes as this coming Sunday see the action move to Moyglass for the County Intermediate Women’s and Men’s Cross-Country Championships. Here Lorraine Healy of Moyne will be going all out to add this title to the County Novice won so convincingly last Sunday. She again can expect good opposition from the Mooreabbey Milers duo of Sarah Fitzpatrick and Aoife Courtney and don’t dismiss Maire O’Shea also of Mooreabbey Milers who was 3rd in this event last year. Other athletes that could have a say in the destination of the title include Laura Burke of Coolquill, Louise Fogarty of Moyne and Michelle Doherty of Clonmel. In the team event Mooreabbey Milers look strong to add this Club title to the County Novice won last Sunday as they can also add the experienced Mary Louise Ryan to their squad along with the above-mentioned athletes. Indeed, if Mooreabbey Milers do win the title next Sunday, they will create a bit of club history as they have never won this title to date. 

Like the Women’s race the Men’s race over 8K will also be very competitive. The longer distance should be no problem to Denis Shanahan as he tries to achieve the double and add this title to the County Novice won last Sunday. He will be going all out to try and achieve the feat achieved by his club mate last year, John Treacy who won both the Novice and Intermediate titles. He again can expect good competition from Gareth McGlinchey, and Dermot Hayes of Dundrum, Kieran lees, and Tom Blackburn of Mooreabbey Milers as well as Paddy Cummins of Moycarkey Coolcroo and Paul Minogue of Clonmel. In the team event the defending Champions are Dundrum  and  they will be going for four in a row, a feat they achieved in 2005 to 2008 and the winners in 2009 were Thurles !