County Athletic Notes
Brian Murphy & Laura Taylor – County Ten Mile Champions

The County 10 Mile Road Championships brought the 2011 County Road Season to an end last Wednesday in Ballynonty with a great race. Brian Murphy of Carrick on Suir, after the initial charge, soon stamped his authority on the event when taking up the pace shortly after the first Mile.

The County 10 Mile Road Championships brought the 2011 County Road Season to an end last Wednesday in Ballynonty with a great race. Brian Murphy of Carrick on Suir, after the initial charge, soon stamped his authority on the event when taking up the pace shortly after the first Mile.

From there on he set a strong pace that had him well clear at 3 miles. Despite facing into a strong breeze over the final 3 miles Brian kept the pace going all the way to the line to win in 53 mins 22 secs. This was a brilliant run by Brian who had over 2 minutes to spare on his pursuers.

The battle for the Silver medal was between the County 10 k Champion, Christopher Bracken of Thurles Crokes and the recent Ballynonty 10 Mile winner, Danny Smith (Ballynonty).

These two athletes were stride for stride for most of the race, then over the closing few miles Danny increased the tempo and move clear of Christopher to win the Silver medal in 56 mins 41 secs with Christopher 3rd in 57 mins 26 secs.

Then we had Ross Alexander who was in 9th place at one stage coming through the field to finish 4th in 57 mins 34 secs, great running.

For the record the top ten were completed by: 5th Shane Mullaney (Thurles Crokes) 57 mins 45 secs, 6th Denis Shanahan (Thurles Crokes) 57 min 54 secs, 7th Mike Yelverton (Newport) 58 mins 50 secs, 8th David Ryan (Clonmel) 59 mins 4 secs, 9th Martin Keane (Dundrum) 59 mins 53 secs and Michael Ryan (Dundrum) 59 mins 58 secs.

In the team event Thurles Crokes who had three athletes (Christopher, Shane and Denis) in the top ten and with Declan Doherty running very well in 11th place in 59 mins 59 secs, they were worthy County Ten Mile Champions.

The Silver and Bronze medals was decided on count back as the two teams both had 49 points.

In this instance Dundrum won the Silver medals as their 4th scorer was ahead of the Carrick on Suir 4th scorer.

The Silver medal winning Dundrum team consisted of Martin Keane, Michael Ryan, and Donal Keane 13th in 61 mins 56 secs and Michael Moore 17th in 63 mins 49 secs.

The Carrick on Suir team that won the Bronze medals consisted of Brian, David Water 12th in 60 mins 3 secs, Tommy Falconer 15th in 63 mins 41 secs and Brendan Cronin 21st in 64 mins 54 secs. Ballynonty were 4th on 62 points, Clonmel 5th on 66 points and Coolquill 7th on 91 points.

We also had a B Section (for teams that had a team in the A Section) in this race and it was great to see so well supported.

Here the winning team was the Thurles Crokes trio of 14th Keith Ryan 62 mins 26 secs, 24th Dave Kenneally 65 mins 44 secs and 37th Austin Ryan 69 mins 49 secs.

The Silver medals were won by the Clonmel team of Nigel O Flaherty 25th in 65 mins 53 secs, Niall O Ceallaigh 26th in 66 mins 9 secs and Franny Lafford 32nd in 69 mins 2 secs.

The Bronze medals were won by the Dundrum team of Benny English 28th in 67 min 3 secs, Ruaidhri Devitt 30th in 68 mins 44 secs and Gerry Ralph 40th in 71 mins 2 secs.

This race also incorporated an Individual Masters Championships and the winners were as follows: 1st 0/35 – Denis Shanahan Thurles Crokes 57 mins 54 secs, 2nd David Ryan Clonmel 59 mins 4 secs, and 3rd Donal Keane Dundrum 61 mins 56 secs.

1st 0/40 Declan Doherty Thurles Crokes 59 mins 59 secs, 2nd Liam Casey Clonmel 65 mins 9 secs, 3rd Dave Kenneally Thurles Crokes 65 min 44 secs.1st 0/45 Michael Moore Dundrum 63 min 49 secs, 2nd Tadgh Vaughan Coolquill 68 mins 41 secs and 3rd Pat Bracken of Thurles Crokes 71 min 11 secs.

1st 0/50 Brendan Cronin Carrick on Suir 64 min 54 secs, 2nd Benny English Dundrum 67 mins 3 secs and 3rd Billy Prout Clonmel 70 mins 9 secs. 1st 0/55 Leslie Smyth Coolquill 68 mins 54 secs, 2nd Gerry Ralph Dundrum 71 mins 2 secs and 3rd Martin Ivors Coolquill 73 min 10 secs.

The Ladies race was also competitive. Here we had Laura Taylor of Clonmel making a very welcome and victorious return to competition when winning the Ladies 10 Mile race in 71 mins 4 secs with Martin Ryan of Thurles Crokes winning the Silver medal in 72 mins 43 secs and the Bronze medal was won by Karen Ryan (Dundrum) in 73 mins 34 secs.

The Ladies over 35 award was won by Nicola Maunsell of Clonmel in 81 mins 8 secs with Teresa Cunningham of Carrick on Suir winning the over 40 title in 73 mins 43 secs.

Helen Linnane of Coolquill won the Ladies over 40 Silver medal in 79 min 11 secs. The Team event was won by the Clonmel trio of Laura, Nicola and Donna who ran 84 mins 1 sec.

The Michael Cahill Cup

This Cup is based on all the County Road Championships held during the season, where every athlete that runs scores points for their Club and so everyone has a part to play in the Club’s success.

This year we had thirteen Clubs competing and in the end after a close battle the winners were Clonmel AC.

All the Clubs are to be complimented in supporting all the races in the County Championships where we had great number of athletes competing in many of the Championships.

National Track and

Field League finals

Good luck to our Tipperary teams who are taking part in the National Track & Field League Final on Saturday 20th August in Tullamore.

Both our teams are in Division 1 with our Men’s team currently lying in 2nd place while our Women’s team are in 4th place.

We wish both teams the very best of luck in their endeavours.

Moycarkey Coolcroo 7K Men

& Ladies and 3K Fit4Life events

This is the 3rd promotion of these two well supported events by the Moycarkey Coolcroo Club.

This year the two events take place on Friday 26th August at 7.30pm. Entries will be taken in the Community Hall Two Mile Borris from 6.30pm onwards and the entry fee is €10.

Enquiries to: Jim Ryan (086) 8281969/Billy Purcell (087) 2467226