Thurles Croke A.C.

On Thursday last Feb 17th the Munster Schools cross country took place from C.I.T. in Cork. Nicola Loughnane was our first athlete to participate and she ran very well to come 8th overall in the Minor Girls she lead her school of Presentation Thurles home with the team in 5th place.

On Thursday last Feb 17th the Munster Schools cross country took place from C.I.T. in Cork. Nicola Loughnane was our first athlete to participate and she ran very well to come 8th overall in the Minor Girls she lead her school of Presentation Thurles home with the team in 5th place.

In the Junior Girls her sister Laura also had a good run in 11th and also lead her team home this time winning the bronze medals. In the Senior girls two of our athletes won gold medals as part of the Presentation Thurles team and they were Emer Kennedy who had a strong run leading the team home in 5th and Claire Lawless who ran well in 18th.

In the Minor Boys Rory Purcell Thurles CBS had a great run to finish 2nd with a hair’s breath between him and 1st. Cathal Moloney also on the same team ran well with both athletes on the same team that won the gold medals. In the Junior Boys Conor Stakelum had a fine run in 53rd.

In the Intermediate Boys Jack Corbett ran good race to finish 11th as did Dylan Grant in 32nd. Well done to Nicola, Laura, Emer, Claire, Rory, Cathal and Jack who all qualified for the All Ireland Secondary Schools Cross Country which will take place on Sat March the 12th from ALSAA, In the

Munster Intervarsity X country Shane Mullaney was 8th.

Pat Bracken was our reporter last weekend in Nenagh where Thurles Crokes had six boys competing in the Munster indoor championships on Sunday.

Five of the boys took part in the 600m events. These were run on fastest times as there were no finals. Fred Crowley ran a great race in the second heat, 600m boys U-12, winning it very comfortably against strong opposition, and he was very unlucky not to feature in the medals in the final round up. Kieran Moloney and Kevin Bracken ran in the last heat U-12 600m and Kieran ran a brilliant heat coming 3rd, with Kevin running strongly thoughout, especially over the last lap to come 4th in this heat. This was the fastest heat, and Kieran narrowly missed out on a medal, with the top two in this heat coming 1st and 2nd overall. Michael Purcell ran a great race in his heat of the boys U-13 600m, while he did terrific in the U-13 long jump, coming 5th overall, in what was a very large field of entries.

Aaron Fogarty and Eoin Purcell ran their respective heats in the boys U-11 600m in great style and were unlucky not to feature in the final positions. Both of them led the field at various parts of their respective heats. Eoin also ran the U-11 60m, qualifying for the semi-final in a strong field. Sean Butler ran the U-12 60m, running a great heat, and being narrowly pipped for a final position having run a great semi-final. Overall the boys flew the flag proudly in a day of strong competition. On Sunday 20th of Feb in the Plymouth Hoe 10 mile road race Dennis Shanahan ran well in 63 mins 19 secs he was 28th from a field of 581 runners.

On Sunday last the first county road competition of 2011 the County Road Relays got underway from Dundrum village. Here the team of Billy Phillips who ran 800m, Declan Doherty who ran 1500m, Vincent Molumby 3k and Shane Mullaney 5k, ran their best on the day to finish in 3rd place. Also running well on our second team were Austin Ryan, Dave Kennealy and Keith Ryan. Next Sunday 27th of Feb in Clonmel is the county novice road race which is 6k for the men and 3k for the women. Please contact team captains Declan Doherty and Marian Hughes if you’re interested in running. It’s 4 to score for the mens team and 3 to score for the womens team.