Ballyneale was the venue last Sunday for the Munster Master Road Championships, these Championships were hosted by the Carrick on Suir Club for the very first time and as usual they had everything in order, including the weather which was summer like. The Munster Chairman, Mossie Wolfe complimented the Club on a great promotion and the after race refreshments were top class.
Back to the action and in the Ladies race Martina O’Dwyer of Carrick on Suir ran a brilliant race when winning the0/35 silver medal very convincingly. Theresa Cunningham of Carrick on Suir ran well when finishing 23rd and with Anne Cronin of Carrick on Suir finishing 26th, the Carrick on Suir Club were 4th 0/35.
In the Men’s race it was brilliant to see the County so well represented with strong teams in both the 0/35 and 0/50 Inter County competitions. Pat O Sullivan of Carrick on Suir made a very welcome return to racing when running a brilliant race to win the 0/45 Silver medal when finishing 3rd overall. Donal Keane of Dundrum announced his arrival in the 0/35 category with a top class performance when running a brilliant race to win the Silver medal when finishing 4th overall. Kenny Curran of Ballynonty also ran very well when finishing 3rd 0/35. Declan Doherty of Thurles Crokes is another athlete who impressed many observers when running a great race to win the 0/40 Bronze medal, his first medal in these Championships. Sean McCarthy of Clonmel was another athlete who made a big impression on his debut run in these Championships when finishing 11th overall and with Mark Ryan of Clonmel, another debutant in these Championships finishing 17th, these six athletes combined very well to win the Inter County title. We also had great performances from Valerin Thzcoin (Clonmel) 16th, Brendan Delaney (Unattached), 19th, Dick O Gorman Clonmel 20th, Michael Moore Dundrum 24th, Billy Phillips Thurles Crokes 28th, Benny English ran a great race when winning the 0/50 Silver medal and Niall O Ceallaigh Clonmel 31st. We then had recent Irish international athlete, Matt Alexander of Coolquill, running very well to win the 0/55 Silver medal, Conor Fleming Clonmel 35th, Liam Casey Clonmel 37th, Corneilius McFadden (race organiser, Carrick on Suir) 38th, John Walsh Clonmel 40th, Brendan Cronin Carrick on Suir 41st, Joe Keaney Coolquill 43rd, Brendan Kinnane Dundrum 44th, Pat Bracken Thurles Crokes 48th, Jim St John (race organiser, Clonmel ) 49th, Austin Ryan Thurles Crokes 55th, Leslie Smyth Coolquill 56th, Christy Ryan Dundrum 57th, Michael Browne Dundrum 58th, John Moore Dundrum 60th, Gerry Ralph Dundrum 64th, Martin Loughnane Roscrea 65th, John Laste Clonmel 66th, Martin Ivors Coolquill 69th, Con Corbett Thurles Crokes 70th, and Myles McHugh of Clonmel who ran well when winning the 0/65 Silver medal.
In the Inter Club competition the Clonmel team of Sean McCarthy, Valerin Thzcoin, Mark Ryan and Dick O Gorman won the Bronze medals. The Dundrum team of Donal Keane, Michael Moore, Brendan Kinnane and Michael Browne were 5th Club. In the 0/55 inter County competition the County team of Benny English, Matt Alexander, Brendan Cronin and Jim St John won the Gold medals. In the 0/50 Inter Club competition the Dundrum team of Benny English, Christy Ryan and John Moore won the Bronze medals. The Coolquill team of Matt Alexander, Leslie Smyth and Martin Ivors were 4th.
County Intermediate Road Championships
Dundrum is the venue next Sunday for the County Intermediate Road Championships, starting with the Ladies 4k at 1 pm and followed by the Men’s 8K race.
Eligibility for these Championships is as follows: Athletes must be 19 years of age in the Competition year. All athletes, except previous Individual winners of this or any higher Championships are eligible. An Intermediate individual who has not won a County Senior Road title can be re graded after five years from the time the athlete last became ineligible for the grade. 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. This rule allows Pre 2006 Intermediate winners to compete again provided they have not won a Senior Road title.
The Ladies race will see Dymphna Ryan of Dundrum going all out to add this title to the Novice road title she won in Clonmel in February. The longer distance shouldn’t prove any problem to Dymphna but she will again face tough competition from Claire Anna of Carrick on Suir who surprised everyone with her brilliant run when winning the Novice Road Silver medal. She will again prove a formidable opponent to Dymphna. Other athletes that will play a prominent part in the race include Catherine Rice of Clonmel, Catherine Kelly of Dundrum and Edel Hickey of Moyne.
In the team event Dundrum will be warm favourites to add this to Novice inter Club title as they can also call upon Leah McCormack and Mary Keane while Clonmel will looking to Mary Molloy, Nicola Maunsell and Rosie Casey. Carrick on Suir should also be a force as they can call upon such athletes as Theresa Cunningham and Marian O Neill.
In the Men’s race we should once again have a very competitive race. For the above rule will see Brian Murphy of Carrick on Suir and Kenny Curran eligible to compete again at this level. Looking at the County Novice results athletes that will have a major say in the destination of the Gold medal will be County Novice Champion Kevin Moore of Dundrum and he will face tough competition over the longer distance of 8k from Donal Keane of Dundrum who ran a superb race in winning the 0/35 Silver medal in the Munster Master last Sunday in Ballyneale. Shane Scull of Nenagh Olympic is another live contender as he ran 55 mins 22 secs for the Mallow 10 miler last Sunday. Then you have athletes like Gary Scully of Nenagh Olympic, Sean McCarthy and Stephen Hunter of Clonmel as well as Ross Alexander of Coolquill and Declan Doherty of Thurles Crokes.
In the team event Clonmel will be defending their title and they can also call upon Mark Ryan, Valerin Thzcoin, Dick O Gorman and Vasiliy Neumerzhitskily, a formidable team. Dundrum will be determined to do the double on Sunday and they can call upon such athletes as Michael Ryan, Sean McGrath and Padraig Coen. Nenagh Olympic will also have a major say in the destination of the Cup as they can call upon Keith Butler, Paul Scully and Andy McLoughlin.