Clonmel Juvenile Athletic Club Notes for September 2017
Clonmel Juvenile Athletic Club Notes 25th September
Great performances at Kilmacow Cross Country
The sun shone on a glorious cross country course at St. Senans Open Sports on Sunday the 24th September and those Clonmel athletes that decided to run will surely reap the rewards of having a race under their belts when the County Cross Country Championships takes place next week in Two Mile Borris. Clubs from Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford and Tipperary attended this prestigious opener to the Cross Country season.
In the U8, U9 and U10 categories the first 10 across the line received medals and in the U12, U14, U16 and U18 it was the first 3 individuals and first 3 teams. The event got underway with the girls U8 and our first medal of the day after a great race went to Sarah Whelan. Similarly in the boys U8 we had a great performance from Conor Logue who in his first race also picked up a medal.
In the boys U9 race over 500m we again had medal winning performances from Liam Proven and James Logue. In the U10 girls we had Erin O’ Keeffe who ran a brilliant race and lead for most of it to be finally caught on the run in, to finish in 5th. It was almost an identical race run by Daniel Charles in the boys U10 which he again lead but was caught on the home straight to finish 5th. In the girls U12 we had 3 competitors Eimear Heafy, Rachel Logue on her maiden run and Jamie Whelan who all put in fantastic performances, a pity the club was one athlete short to make a team which would have surely medalled.
One of the standout performances of the day came in the boys U12 in which Clonmel had a team. Cian Flaherty put in the race of his life when he was unlucky not to take Gold when finishing 2nd in a high calibre field of 57 athletes, he was closely followed home by Conor O Gorman who finished just outside the medals in 4th, Cathal O’ Gorman in 12th, Killian Whelan in 15th and Louise Carroll in 20th. These lads combined to take the Silver team prize only 7 points behind St Senans.
In the girls u14 race we again only had 3 competitors all doing the club proud with Ruby Carroll leading them home and two great runs from Laura Cooney and Erin McMahon both girls competing in their first cross country race. In the boys U14 race Clonmel was represented by Conor O’ Flaherty and he performed very well to finish just outside the medal placings.
The other standout performance of the day for Clonmel athletes was in the girls U16 and here Siobhan Whelan ran a fantastic tactical race to clinch the bronze medal in the closing stages. Her team mate Molloy Keane also put in a great performance. The final event for Clonmel juveniles was the girls U18 and although the course was beginning to get soft under foot from the days races both Caoimhe Maunsell and Elma Casey put in strong performances and did the club proud.
Clonmel AC would like to thank the coaches and parents who travelled to Kilmacow, your continued support is invaluable to the Club.
County Cross Country Championships
The County Cross Country Season gets underway next Sunday, 1st October at Two Mile Borris with the County Even Age Groups Cross Country Championships taking place, starting at 12 noon and we are looking forward to some great performances.