Sunday, April 7, saw Fethard Athletic Club head for the hills of Ballingarry where Coolquill AC were the hosts for the 2013 County Junior 3K and Masters 6K road championships. With a crew of twelve, our largest number in our current era to attend an event, hope was high of bringing home the club’s first medals of the season. The Junior Race was first and across the finish line came Jennifer Rice and Steven Tierney bagging double gold for Fethard and a place in the record books as 2013 Junior County Champions.
In the ladies, Aine Doocey had a fantastic race finishing fourth overall and second over-35 to bag a silver medal. In the over-50s Imelda Vaughan, making her debut for the club, had a mighty race-long battle with Noreen Harrington and at the 3k mark there was very little between the two club mates. The closing stages saw Imelda use her local knowledge to put some daylight between the pair and with that take the third place bronze medal with Noreen a close fourth. In the ladies team event at least one of our two teams, the ladies over-45s team of Imelda Vaughan, Noreen Harrington and Biddy O’Dwyer were in the medals, the colour of which is unknown at the time of going to print. The over 35s team of Aine Doocey, Denise O’Brien and Grainne Ryan may also be placed as we await clarity on the results.
In the mens’ race Fintan Rice continued his fine form with another fourth place finish and a very worthy silver medallist in the over-45 section. Edmond Kinane, also making his debut, had a strong race coming home twenty-ninth overall and Fran Tyrrell and Michael ‘Magic’ Ryan combined with Fintan and Edmond to take sixth place in the over-35 team event.
Sunday, April 14, we head to Moyne for the county mens and ladies Novice B Championships and over the coming weeks there are lots of open races hosted by neighbouring clubs that we hope to support, for example the Faugheen 5k, the Annerville 10k, Cahir 4 miler and the Poulmucka 5k and 8k, before turning our attention to the 13th ‘Walls of Fethard’ four-miler and two-mile Fun Run on May 29 at 8pm.
Fethard Athletic Club Training (FACT) continues every Monday and Friday night at 7.15pm meeting at the Ballroom. For information contact Paraic on 087-9229747 or find us on Facebook.