Co Athletics: Great wins for Moore and Fitzgibbon in County Senior Cross Country

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Top three in the Tipperary Senior Mens Cross Country in Annacarty l-r Gareth McGlinchey Dundrum 3rd, Kevin Moore Dundrum 1st amd William Maunsell Clonmel 2nd.

Last Sunday we were in the village of Annacarty for the Tipperary County Senior and Junior Cross Country run over the lands of Tom Tuohy by kind permission and organised by the local Dundrum club. With non stop rain the night before turning to sleet and snow from the morning on and with the east wind rising it was not a day for the shrinking violets.

First Senior race off was the women’s over 6k. Dympna Ryan of Dundrum was quickly out in front and set a good pace over the testing course. She was followed by Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes, Kealy Tideswell Clonmel, Angela Fogarty Moyne Jacqueline Hughes Thurles Crokes and her clubmate Carmel Fitzgibbon. Out on the second of the three 2k laps Carmel had worked her way to the front and drove on in the final lap to come home for a magnificent victory. She was followed by Kealey who ran a steady race all the way to be a good second with Angela holding off the early leader Dymphna for the bronze medal With the other two Thurles girls Madeline and Jacqueline 5th and 6th respectively Thurles Crokes won the gold team medals on 12 points Clonmel with their next two athletes Aine Roche 7th and Anne Maire Boland 9th took the silver medals on 18 points. And Moyne with Louise Fogarty 8th and Sarah Healy 13th won the bronze medals on 24points. Thurles Crokes team of Martina Ryan 10th, Louisa Condon 14th and Paula Mills 17th were winners of the B section. A great double for those hardy Crokes girls.

Second senior race of the day was the men and with the east wind rising the ever young Patsy Dorney blew the whistle to set them on their way over 10k.Two of the pre race favourites defending champion William Maunsell Clonmel Kevin Moore Dundrum and always good for a go Shane Mullaney Moycarkey Coolcroo were out in front on the first of five laps. Going out on the second lap Kevin had opened up a 50 metre gap on William with Gareth McGlinchey Dundrum, Denis Shanahan Thurles Crokes, Paddy Cummins Moycarkey Coolcroo and Kieran Lees Mooreabbey Milers all in close contention on the chase. The Brighton based Kevin who also competes with their club Brighton and Hove was full of running and he increased his lead over the remaining laps to come home a very impressive winner for his first County Senior Cross Country title. Kevin has now won all the County titles at senior level available to him on both Cross County and Road not bad for an athlete who competed for 10 years at juvenile level and never won an individual medal of any colour. William battled on and came home a comfortable 2nd to claim the silver medal Gareth who was having the race of his life took 3rd and the bronze medal. Denis, Paddy and Kieran all battled through the testing conditions as did the whole field to come home 4th ,5th and 6th respectively

On the team end of things Dundrum with Dermot Hayes 11th and Donal Keane having a great race a few hundred metres from his parent’s house in 14th position ensured the Moore Perpetual Cup returned to the Amber and Black club after an absence of six years on a score of 29 points. Thurles Crokes with John Fitzgibbon 7th John Treacy 12th and Liam Shanahan 16th took the silver team medals on 39 points. While defending champions Mooreabbey Milers with Barry Hartnett 8th Tom Blackburn 13th and Willie O’Donoghue 17th won the bronze medals on 44 points. The B section was once again dominated by the local club with victory going to the Dundrum trio of Padraig Coen 15th Colm Bradshaw 19th and James Ryan 20th on 54 points while they also took second in this section with Michael J Ryan 22nd Ruaidhri Devitt 25th and John Kelly 26th on 73 points Mooreabbey Milers won the bronze medals with Kevin Lenihan 18th Ger Hanley 27th and Liam O’Donnell 29th on a score of 29 points

The Junior section had the usual small entry but credit to those who togged out with Ciara O’Neill Clonmel leading all the way in the girls race for victory from Eimear Loughman Dundrum in 2nd and Courtney McGuire Clonmel 3rd Clonmel with Elma Casey 4th won the team medals. Two brave boys togged out in the boys race with Ben O’Dwyer Moycarkey Coolcroo 1st and local boy Stephen McDonnell Dundrum 2nd.Well done to all who competed on a day not for the faint hearted.

National Novice Cross Country

The WIT at Carriganore is the venue next Sunday, 17th December, for the National Novice Cross Country Championships. The Men’s race over 6k sees a strong County team travelling and hopes are high of a podium finish with six athletes to score for the team. The team is as follows: Tom Hennessey and Aaron Quigley (Nenagh Olympic), Michael Carey and Jimmy Boland (Clonmel), John Treacy, Denis Shanahan and John Fitzgibbon (Thurles Crokes), William Stephen’s Coolquill, Kevin Moore and Dermot Hayes (Dundrum) and Paddy Cummins and Shane Mullaney (Moycarkey Coolcroo).