The County Intermediate Road Championship was held on Sunday the 8th of April in Faugheen after previously been cancelled due to snow. Conditions were better but still wet. Hosted by Carrick On Suir AC we had 15 athletes compete. The Ladies raced over 4k and had 5 compete. First home for the club was 11th Claire Devitt 16:44, next was 13th Laura McCarthy Armstrong 17:03, 15th Mairead Julian 17:41, 16th Rebecca Lenehan 18:11 who made her debut in this Championship and 19th Ausra Mackeviciute 19:26, Ausra had been leading the club home until she ran into some difficulty after 3k. The Ladies placed 4th Club. In the Men’s race the distance was 8k and we had 10 compete. Gareth McGlinchey went out with the leading group and closed in on them in the latter half of the race finishing strong and came home winning Bronze in 26:41. Dermot Hayes was in the chasing pack and made up serious ground in the latter half of the race to catch some in the leading pack and came in right behind Gareth in 4th in 27:18. Next we had 14th Eamonn Morrissey 29:49, 18th Ruaidhri Devitt 30:36, 19th Stephen Ryan 30:56, 21st John Kelly 31:32, 22nd Paudie Coen 31:46, 28th Donal Keane 32:48 with 29th Jim Halley literally on his heels in the same time of 32:48, and 35th PJ Holmes 37:58. The Men’s team done really well to win Silver in the team event with Gareth, Dermot, Eamonn and Ruaidhri on the team.
SOUTH TIPPERARY AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP 5K
The South Tipperary Autism Support Group 5k was held in Cashel on Sunday the 8th of April. Here we had 10 athletes compete in wet conditions. First home for the club in 2nd was Teresa O’Connor 22:11 and was 1st Lady, next we had 5th Christina Fryday 24:02 and was 2nd Lady, 7th Elaine Murphy 25:20 and was 3rd Lady, 8th Tracie O’Dwyer 25:41, 16th Colette Alley 28:19, 18th Claire Ryan 29:19, 34th Alana Fryday 33:32, 35th Kathleen O’Brien 33:58, 37th Orela Blake 35:10, 42nd Patricia Moloney 35:33. Well done to all and club member Naoimh Dooley who helped organise the race in aid of such a great cause.
MUNSTER NOVICE, SENIOR AND MASTERS ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP
The Munster Novice, Senior and Masters Road Championship was held on Easter Monday the 2nd of April in Castlelyons, Co Cork in what were wet conditions. The Ladies’s and Men’s races were ran separately, with both races over 4 Miles. The Novice, Senior and Masters were ran together respectively in both races. In the Ladies’s race we had 4 competing. Dymphna Ryan really proved that she is back on top form. Her fantastic performance awarded her Silver in the Novice, 4th in the Senior and Silver in the Masters O35 and she was the first Tipperary Lady to cross the line. She also lead home the County Teams that won Silver in the Novice, Bronze in the Senior and Silver in the Masters O35. Also in the race was Ausra Mackeviciute who was 27th Novice and 24th Senior, Laura McCarthy Armstrong 32nd Novice and 26th Senior and Rebecca Lenehan 34th Novice, 27th Senior and 15th Master O40. The Ladies combined to be 5th Club Team in the Novice and 4th Club Team in the Senior. It was also Ausra and Rebecca’s debut in these Championships. In the Men’s race we had 11 compete. First home for the Club and County and 6th in the Senior race was Kevin Moore. This was a great run for Kevin who had an injury just recently. Next we had Dermot Hayes showing his continuous great form. He was 7th Novice, 13th Senior and claimed yet another Gold in the Masters O50. Gareth McGlinchey was 9th Novice, 16th Senior and won Bronze in the Masters O35. Eamonn Morrissey making his debut in this Championship was 32nd Novice and 31st Senior. Stephen Ryan was 39th Novice, 35th Senior and 13th O40. John Kelly was 40th Novice, 36th Senior and 14th O40. Ruaidhri Devitt was 44th Novice, 39th Senior and 12th O35. Jim Halley was 48th Novice, 40th Senior and 7th O50. Michael Moore was 49th Novice, 41st Senior and won Bronze in the Masters O55. Noel Casey was 57th Novice, 44th Senior and 19th O40. PJ Holmes was 4th O60. In the team events the club Novice Team finished 4th. Dermot and Gareth were on the County Novice team that won Gold. In the Senior race the club won Bronze team, with Kevin, Dermot, Gareth and Eamonn on the team. Kevin, Dermot and Gareth were also on the County Senior team that won Silver. In the O35 the club won Silver team with Gareth, Stephen, John and Ruaidhri on the team. All 4 were also on the County O35 team that won Silver. In the O50 the club also won Silver with the team of Dermot, Jim and Michael. Dermot also lead home the County O50 team that won Gold. Fantastic performance from all with 5 individual medals, 11 club team medals and 13 County team medals.
Our 3rd annual BK5K will be held on Wednesday the 2nd of May in Dundrum village in memory of Brendan Kinane. It is the perfect 5k for everyone. Walk, jog or run, young and old, fast and slow. Whatever way you like to run it, it is a nice flat 5k. It is chip timed and €10 entry or €20 for and family with one number. Proceeds this year will go towards track development for the club. With significant increase in club numbers with juveniles and Fit4Life the track is perfect for training especially in the dark winter months.