The County Road Relays took place last Sunday in Dundrum. The Men’s race attracted eight teams and provided some great tussles. In the Women’s race the defending Champions Clonmel were easy winners with their team of birthday girl Sarah Whelan, team captain along with Catherine Rice, Elaine O Brien and Cliona Doyle combining well to run the 800m, 1500m, 800m and 3000m course in 23 mins 50 secs.
The Men’s race was a great race and it was great to see Clubs introduce their Juvenile athletes onto their teams as this is one event which combines Juveniles and Senior on a Club team and it is great to see Clubs developing this side of the Sport. None more so than the winners Nenagh Olympic who had two Juvenile athletes, Tom Hennessy (800m) and Seamus Hogan (1500m), both putting in great performances that laid the foundations for this Nenagh Olympic victory, their first in this event. These two athletes were backed up by Shane and Gary Scully who continued the great pace set by Tom and Seamus to come home worthy Champions in 32 mins 50 secs. The defending Champions Dundrum were the early pace setters as both Michael Ryan and John Shanahan gave them an early lead which was defended strongly by both Kevin Moore (3K) and Donal Keane (5k) but had to give way to the Nenagh Olympic effort over the closing stages. The battle for the Bronze medals was between Clonmel and Thurles Crokes with the Thurles Crokes finishing very strongly to win the Bronze medals in 33 mins 50 secs while Clonmel held off the determined challenge by Coolquill to finish 4th in 35 mins 36 secs with Coolquill three seconds adrift. The Bronze winning Thurles Crokes team was Billy Phillips, Declan Doherty, Vincent Molumby and Shane Mullaney. The Clonmel quartet was Brian Looram, Mark Ryan, Niall O Ceallaigh and Eoin McGrath. The Coolquill team comprised of Paul Molloy, Matt Alexander, Andrew Smyth and Ross Alexander.
In the B Section Dundrum are to be congratulated for entering two teams and here the team of Christy Ryan, Michael Browne, Sean McGrath and Martin Keane won in 35 mins 43 secs from the Dundrum squad of Brendan Kinnane, Colm Bradshaw, Michael Coen and Ruaidhri Devitt who combine d very well to finish in 37 mins 19 secs.
The Dundrum athletic Club are to be complimented on once again promoting a great event and the after race tea refreshments.
County Novice Road Championships
All roads lead to Clonmel this Sunday for the County Novice Road Championships where the Women will race over 3K and the Men over 6K with the Women’s race starting at 12 noon. Race headquarters is the Vocational School, the Mall. Eligibility for this event is that athletes must be 19 years and d over on the 31st December in the competition year. All athletes are eligible except previous individual winners of this or any higher Road Championship event. Also the first three Individual medallists at Senior road level are not eligible to compete. Also any athlete from outside the Country of Ireland, who has not competed at senior level in Ireland, for at least one year, is ineligible.
In the team events it is three to score on the Women’s teams while it is four to score on the Men’s teams. Over the year these Championships have been very well supported and on Sunday next there should be two great events. This is one race that it is hard to predict how athletes will perform as for many of them it will be their first competitive outing of the year. In this event last year we had 25 athletes representing seven Clubs and hopefully we will have a similar entry this year.
In the Women’s race the favourite is Dymphna Ryan of Dundrum who was the recent winner of the County Senior Cross Country Championship in Goold’s Cross. Dymphna is running very well at present and will be a warm favourite to win her first County Championship Road title. She will face good competition from her club mates Catherine Ryan and Mary Keane who were 3rd and 4th last year. Other athletes that will come into the reckoning will be Catherine Rice, Elaine O Brien and Rosie Casey of Clonmel as well as Aibhe Carroll, Cheryl Stanley of Templemore. In the team event Dundrum are defending Champions and they are warm favourites to retain their title with Dymphna, Catherine and Mary all running well at present. The Host Club will provide tough competition as well clubs like Templemore, Moyne, Carrick on Suir and Thurles Crokes.
In the Men’s race the warm favourite will be Gary Scully of Nenagh Olympic. Gary ran a very good race over 5k in the County Road relays last Sunday to help Nenagh Olympic to win the title. If Gary wins the race next Sunday he will be following in his brother’s footsteps as Shane won this title last year and that will be a piece of History. Other athletes that will play a prominent role in the race will be Clonmel’s Stephen Hunter and Mark Ryan as well as the Dundrum trio of Donal Keane, Kevin Moore and Michael Ryan along with Ross Alexander of Coolquill and Patrick Roche of Carrick on Suir. In the team event the defending Champions are Dundrum and they will be determined to hold onto their title as they can also call upon Michael Coen and Sean McGrath. Other clubs that will have a say includes Clonmel, Coolquill, Thurles Crokes, Nenagh Olympic, Carrick on Suir, Moyne, Moycarkey Coolcroo and Ballynonty.
Just a reminder the Women’s race gets underway at 12 noon followed by the Men’s race at 12.25am. The race headquarters will be the Vocational School, the Mall. Any queries please contact Niall at 086 1660888.
Open 5k Road Race
Moyne Athletic Club in conjunction with the County Board is holding another Open 5K road race on Sunday 6th March at 12 noon. This is an ideal opportunity for everyone, to come out and participate over a good level course and compete, at their pace. The entry fee is €5 and the more participants that competes the more Prizes to be won.
There will be a Lucky Dip for Prizes based on an Open draw on finishing positions after the race so everyone has a chance of competing.