Clonmel Senior Notes December 2017

2017 Senior Club News

Clonmel Senior Athletic Club Notes 3rd December

Sean Tobin and Kevin Maunsell selected on the Irish team for the European Cross-Country Championships

The Club has enjoyed many special moments in its history since been established in 1971 but hopefully December 10th will also go down in the Club annuals as another historic event as we will have two club members representing Ireland at the European Senior Men’s Cross-Country Championships in Slovakia. We must go back to 1989 when John Fitzgerald represented Ireland at the World Cross-Country Championships and to 2014 when Orlaith Moynihan represented Ireland at the European Junior Cross-Country Championships in Bulgaria as the only other Club members to represent Ireland at a Major Cross-Country Championships.

This is a fantastic honour for both men as it must be the pinnacle of an athlete’s career to represent their Country at a major Championship and both these athletes have come into the Sport from different paths. Both athletes have achieved so much in their careers to date, here is just a sample of their progress to date.

Sean Tobin has enjoyed a very successful athletics career to date. One of my first cuttings of Sean Tobin’s performances was at the County Juvenile Cross Country Championships held in Ballynonty on October 2004. The caption then read “In the Boys Under 11 race Sean Tobin put in a great performance to win Silver with a brilliant effort over the closing stages. Then we had James Murphy also putting in a great effort to finish 4th with Aaron Arrigan following him across the line in 5th place. Then we had Michael Carey also finishing strongly in 6th place and these four athletes combined very well to win Gold in the team award, a brilliant performance. They were ably backed up by some great performances from Conor Arrigan 20th, Evan Lynch 24th and Reece Maher 26th”. It is great to see some of these athletes still enjoying the Sport, 13 years later. Then a week late the action was held in Dunkerrin where in the Boys under 12 race I wrote “The Boys Under 12 race was another competitive race. Here Sean Tobin ran very well to win Bronze. He was closely followed across the line by Evan Hickey in 5th place with Aaron Arrigan finishing 7th. Then we had James Murphy running very well to finish 10th. Edmond Morrissey ran very well to finish 17th with Dean Mulcahy 25th and Jason Mullins 31st. This squad combined very well to win Gold and was duly crowned County Champions. Since then he has won many awards at County, Munster and National level at underage. His progression at Senior level has also been phenomenal. In 2012 he represented Ireland at the European Junior Men Cross Country Championships in Slovenia where he was the 2nd scorer on the Irish team when finishing 46th.

In January 2014 he was awarded a scholarship to Ole Miss and he made an immediate impact in only his 2nd race, by becoming the first College student to break 4 minutes for the mile when running 3 mins 59.91 secs. He also became the 39th and the youngest Irish athlete to achieve this honour. This year in Santry he became the first Club athlete to win a National Track and Field title under Athletics Ireland when he won the Senior 1500m title very impressively in 3 mins 57.18 secs. He then went back to America and on November 18th he ran the race of his life when finishing 12th in the All-American NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Kevin Maunsell came into the sport after enjoying a very good spell at playing local soccer. His father, Kevin who also had a very good athletic career with the Club, always spoke about his two young sons, Kevin and William, running the socks off him any time they went running and we always encouraged him to get them to join the Club. They did, and the first cutting of Kevin’s Club debut was at the County Novice Cross Country Championships at the Turnpike October 2011, when he was part of the Club’s first historic County Novice Club title under Athletic Ireland and the caption read “then we had Kevin Maunsell, putting in the performance of the day. Kevin was making his Championship debut for the Club and what a debut. Kevin started off steady in the chasing pack in 12th place. Then as the race unfolded, Kevin found his rhythm and soon got into his stride as he made great progress with every lap. He ran a brilliant last lap to finish 7th in 21 mins 55 secs”. Kevin along with Stephen Hunter, William Maunsell and Finbarr Horgan created that piece of Club history. From there on Kevin improved as the season progressed and in 2012 he won the County Senior Cross Country Champion in Goold’s Cross and along with Niall McCormack, William Maunsell and Paudie O Keeffe led the Club to our first County Senior Men Inter Club title under Athletics Ireland. The club notes then read “as the race unfolded Kevin Maunsell was running the proverbial blinder as he took up the pace right from the start and set a strong tempo that saw him move well clear of the chasing pack on the first lap. He was now full of running and he maintained this strong pace all the way to the line to be crowned County Senior Cross Country Champion for the very first time in a very convincing fashion in 35:15 and in so doing joins John Fitzgerald and Patrick Guidera as our only County Senior Men Cross Country Champions in the Club’s history.”

In 2013 he was 2nd in the Munster Senior Cross-Country Championships in Limerick Racecourse and then went on to run a brilliant race in the National Intermediate Cross-Country Championships in Derry when winning the Silver medal on his debut in these Championships. Then in November 2014 he competed in the National Senior Cross-Country Championships at Dundalk IT.  The Club notes then read” then with about 800m to go he moved to the front and in a hectic surge for the line he edged out Brendan O Neill of Crusaders to finish a very creditable 4th in what was truly a magnificent performance and a brilliant achievement. This was by far a brilliant performance by Kevin who has shown fantastic progress in the last three years to reach this level. Kevin’s time was 31 mins 3 secs for the 10K race was only 23 seconds off the winner and defending Champion, Paul Pollack, brilliant performance. This performance earned him a place on the Irish team for the European Cross-Country Championships in Bulgaria, but he was unable to go due to injury. This didn’t deter Kevin and once he got over his injury he got back training and was soon putting in some more impressive performances. Earlier this year he ran a fantastic race in the National Senior 10,000m Track final when winning his first National Track and Field medal when capturing the Bronze medal in 29 mins 52.08 secs. He also has the honour of been the first Club athlete to win a National track medal for the Club under Athletics Ireland. Buoyed by this performance he set his sights on the Cross-Country season, winning the Munster Senior Cross-Country title impressively in Galbally in early November and then went on to run a fantastic race when finishing 5th at the National Senior Cross-Country Championships in Abbotstown last Sunday and earning his place on the Irish team for the upcoming European Cross-Country Championships.

Both Sean Tobin and Kevin Maunsell are a credit to their Sport, great ambassadors for Club, County and Country and I know everyone in Athletics wish them the very best on December 10th in Slovakia. Both men epitomising all that is good in our Sport and both men are great supporters of local races.
Great performances at Waterford Half Marathon

Waterford was the venue this weekend for their annual Half marathon which was held in good conditions. Many of the Club’s Dublin City marathon brigade made a welcome return to running at this event and looking at the performances they all seem to have recovered well from the marathon. Jimmy Boland underlined his good form with a brilliant run when finishing 21st in a new PB of 76 min 16 secs and greatly improving on his 2015 performance over this course of 78 mins 53 secs. We also had good performances from Eddy O Donoghue 145th in 88 mins 7 secs who was a Pacer for the event, Suzanne Shine 290th in 93 mins 54 secs, a big improvement on last year’s run of 94 mins 52 secsEmmet Prendergast 330th in 95 mins 7 secs, Cyril Fogarty 336th in 95 mins 12 secs, Rebecca Doocey 356th in 95 mins 54 secs, Alan O Shea 366th in 96 mins 16 secs, Niall Brannigan 374th in 96 mins 27 secs, Michelle Doherty 433rd in 98 mins and greatly improving on last year’s run of 98 mins 43 secs, Billy Prout, great to see Billy back running again after injury and he ran well when finishing 436th in 98 mins 1 sec, Siobhan McHugh 437th in 98 mins 1 sec, John Griffin 586th in 101 mins 9 secs, Keith Robinson 610th in 101 mins 49 secs, Kenny Brett 620th in 101 mins 55 secs, Noel Ryan 632nd in 102 mins 10 secs, Michael Ryan 633rd in 102 mins 10 secs, Alan Carter 657th in 102 mins 47 sec, Sean O Dea 804th in 106 mins 23 secs, Dan O Keeffe 818th in 106 mins 43 secs, Nicola Maunsell 930th in 108 mins 53 secs, Sancha Quigley 972nd in 109 mins 41 secs, Tom Barry 1047th in 111 mins 55 secs, Michael Doocey 1059th in 112 mins 11 secs, Brian Tyrrell 1070th in 112 mins 30 secs, Lillian Duffy 1076th in 112 mins 36 secs, Ned O Brien 1130th in 114 mins 6 secs, Pat Walsh 1179th in 115 mins 10 secs, Lizzie Ryan 1217th in 115 mins 50 secs, Mellissa McCarthy 1279th in 117 mins 12 secs, Deirdre Fahey 1286th in 117 mins 22 secs, Pauline Condon 1337th in 118 mins 29 secs, Tina Crotty 1505th in 122 mins 52 secs, Jo Brett 1669th in 127 mins 57 secs, Aisling Cooney 1757th in 130 mins 40 secs and Jacqui Walsh 1937th in 138 mins 36 secs.

Clonmel Senior Athletic Club Notes 6th December

Club’s Annual General Meeting

On December 6th we held a very successful Annual General Meeting and the following Management Committee was elected for 2018:

Chairman: Conor Fleming

Vice Chairman Juvenile: Frank Lynch

Vice Chairman Senior: Niall O Sullivan

Secretary: Helen Cahill

Juvenile Competition Secretary: Robert Whelan

Treasurer: Paula Dwan

Assistant Treasurer: Shane Greene

Juvenile PRO: Robert Whelan

Senior PRO: Niall O Sullivan

Committee members: Susan Laste, Pat Walsh, Dan O Keeffe, Jimmy Boland, Donal Casey, Tony McCarthy, Neil Proven and Pat O Connor.

The outgoing Chairperson, Nicola Maunsell, thanked all our Coaches, athletes, sponsors and anyone who helped at any of the club events during 2017, it was great to see the Club thriving on all fronts.

The various reports gave a good account of the achievements by Club members during 2017 and the Treasurer, Paula Dwan, gave a very detailed and positive report on the Club’s finances. At our Annual General Meeting the membership fees were fixed for 2018 and they are for Juveniles 15 Euros and for Seniors 30 Euros. There was a healthy discussion on a number of matters that the new Management Committee will follow up on.

The new Chairman, Conor Fleming, thanked all members of the new Management Committee and he looks forward to working with everyone in 2018.

Clonmel Athletic Club Notes – 10th December

Men captured National Bronze Marathon medals

The Club is on a roll now as hot on the heels of having both Sean Tobin and Kevin Maunsell representing Ireland next Sunday in Slovakia at the European Cross-Country Championships came news of our Master Men over 50 fantastic achievement. We have just received confirmation that our team in this year’s National Marathon Championships which was run in association with the Dublin City Marathon are the National Master Men over 50 Inter Club Bronze medal winners, a fantastic achievement as all three athletes were winning their first National Marathon medal. The successful team was Conor Fleming who ran very well when finishing 1041st in 3:13:33 along with Corneilius McFadden 1175th in 3:15:34 and Noel Gillman 1580th in 3:21:34.

 

Clonmel Senior Athletic Club Notes 11th December

Spectacular performances by Sean Tobin and Kevin Maunsell at the European Senior Men’s Cross-Country Championships

Last Sunday in Samorin, Slovakia will go down as the Club’s finest hour as two of our Club members Sean Tobin and Kevin Maunsell ran the proverbial blinders at the European Senior Men’s Cross-Country Championships on their debut in an Irish Senior Singlet. It was a privilege and an honour to witness these two fantastic performances at first hand. These two performances were top class and expertly executed in the cold face of the highest level of competition at European level. To see these two athletes put in such fantastic performances against the elite of European Middle distance running plus a handful of Kenyan and Moroccan athletes was just magnificent.

Conditions were very cold there as it was minus 1 at the start of race and athletes were trying to keep their gear on for as long as possible to withstand the cold.

The race started, and Sean went with the early pace, just to get out into a good position and this he did and was lying 18th and was part of a very large leading group of around 40 athletes with little separating all 40 athletes, at the end of the first small lap. Sean at this stage was well positioned and at the end of the 2nd small lap he was 24th. Then the charge was on with many athletes increasing the pace on the first of the 6 big laps. As the athletes reached the 2.5k mark Sean now part of a large group in 33rd place. On this longer loop there was plenty of room to make progress and Sean soon got into his stride and was full of running as he approached halfway in 22nd place. At this stage Kevin who also started off at a strong pace and was getting into a very good rhythm by the end of the 2nd small loop, made great progress on the bigger loops and by halfway he had moved onto Sean’s group which also included Hugh Armstrong of Ballina AC. These three athletes worked in great harmony with one another and showed brilliant team work as they worked together, none of them slackening off the pace as they made great progress through the field with the three athletes tightly bunched in a group of ten athletes at the bell for the final lap with Kevin 23rd, Sean 24th and Hugh 19th, unbelievable running. The pace didn’t slacken over the final 1300m and each athlete was giving it everything, none more so than our two Club members, Sean and Kevin and to see both powering down the finishing straight in full flight was a privilege in such exalted company and finishing 15th (30 mins 43 secs) and 24th (30 mins 49 secs) respectively and was just sheer brilliance.

Then to know that these two athletes formed two thirds of the Irish team that were only beaten by the might of France by just 2 points, makes it even more memorable and speaks volumes for these two spectacular performances. These two athletes along with Hugh were all making their Irish Senior debut and were the topics of conversation for the rest of the weekend. They have put Clonmel AC on the European map, the last time Ireland achieved such a high finishing position, 5th, was in 2011. Great credit for these two performances must go to their respected Coaches, Anthony Moynihan and James Sullivan, while Sean’s Coach Ryan Vanhoy must also have enjoyed witnessing this fantastic performance by Sean. Sean also used his previous experience of European Championships, to good effect having competed three times in the European Junior Cross-Country event as well as at the European Under 23 Event. For Kevin, this must be the Irish performance of the weekend as he used the same tactics as he did in Abbotstown to great effect, putting in a tremendous performance over the final 5k, at the business end of the race and it showed that he reaped the benefits of his Marathon training. For Sean he was approaching this 10k event from a different angle, an 800m, mile athlete moving up to compete over 6.2 miles at the highest level in only his 3rd 10k event, two spectacular performances from two genuine and dedicated athletes. They both commented on landing at Dublin Airport, when congratulated by John Foley for their spectacular performances, that “this is only the start”.

Thanks to James Veale and David Kenneally for all the photos and to former club member, Martin Drake, for his support.

 

Clonmel Senior Athletic Club Notes 17th December

National Novice Cross Country

Carriganore was the venue last Sunday for the National Novice Cross Country Championships and it was great to see a team competing for the Club in the Men’s 6k race. Competition was very keen, and it was great to see club members running so well at this level of competition. Jimmy Boland ran well when finishing 102nd in 22:39, then we had Anthony Bowen making his debut at this level also running well when finishing 127th in 23:20 with Joey Feery also running well when finishing 142nd in 23:57. Billy Moloney making his debut in Cross Country ran very well when finishing 162nd in 24:28.

MSD 4 Mile Road Race

This year’s entries could include our two star Club members, Sean Tobin and Kevin Maunsell, who put in two fantastic performances for the Irish team at the recent European Senior Men’s Cross-Country Championships

Preparations for this year’s event on St Stephen’s Day are going very well. This Club event is once again sponsored by MSD and we are very grateful for such sponsorship. The race starts at 12 noon and entries will be taken from 10.30am onwards at Colaiste Cheitinn, the Mall. Last year we had over 500 entries and one way to avoid queuing up for your number is to register Online at msd4mileroadrace.itsyourrace.com/register and then just collect your number at race Headquarters on Race Day, couldn’t be easier.

This race over a good course caters for all levels of abilities and all ages.

This year’s Prize list is as follows:

The winner of the race will receive 150 Euros. This year there will be Prizes for the following categories, Men: 1st 5 Men, 1st 2 0/40, 0/45, 0/50, 1st 0/55, 0/60, 0/65, 0/70 and 0/75 plus 1st 2 Junior Men. The list of Prizes for the Ladies is as follows: the 1st 5 Senior Ladies, 1st 2 0/35, 0/40, 0/45, 1st 0/50 0/55 and 0/60 plus 1st 2 Junior Ladies.

There will also be some great Spot Prizes for down the field finishers to be won, so come along and participate in a great Sporting event. This is an ideal event to raise funds for local charities.

There will also be Post Race Refreshments in the Vocational School. This year’s event will be Chip timed by Premier Timing Systems. This event has an Athletics Ireland Race Permit.

The entry Fee is 10 Euros. Enquiries to Niall at 086 1660888.

Clonmel Senior Athletic Club Notes 18th December

Ciara O Neill wins County Junior Women’s title

The County Cross Country season came to an end last Sunday with the hosting by Dundrum AC of the County Junior and Senior Men and Women Cross Country Championships. Conditions were artic with snow, sleet and rain as well as a cutting east wind, made conditions very demanding on all the athletes. In the Junior Women’s race the club had a team competing and it was great to see them all running so well on their debut at this level. Ciara O Neill ran a great race when winning her first County Junior title impressively. Then we had Courtney McGuire also running very well when finishing 3rd and with Elma Casey also running very well in such trying conditions when finishing 4th, these three athletes combined very well to win the Inter Club Gold medals. In the Senior Women’s race the Club was also well represented. Here both Kealey Tideswell and Aine Roche found conditions very demanding as they had just spent the previous week in Lanzarote in glorious sunshine and running well in a few races. Still this didn’t deter them as Kealey ran very well when finishing a very good 2nd and with two very good performances from Aine Roche (7th) and Annmarie Boland (9th), these three athletes won the Inter Club Silver medals. In the Senior Men’s race William Maunsell and Kevin Moore dictated the early pace and they soon drew clear of the rest of the field, then midway through the race Kevin increased the pace and soon opened a lead on William, who was finding the going tough. Still William kept the pace going to win the Silver medal. We also had good performances from Jimmy Boland in 9th place and Brian Looram 23rd. Anthony Bowen making his debut in these Championships lost his spike midway through the race and had to retire, still well done to all our athletes who competed so well in such demanding conditions.

 

Clonmel Senior Athletic Club Notes 26th December

Fantastic performances by Club members in the MSD 4 Mile

The Club promoted a very successful MSD 4 Mile Road Race on St Stephen’s Day with 87 members competing with several them making their debut in this event. Conditions were ideal for good running and it was great to see so many members running so well. Sean Tobin ran a brilliant race when winning the event very convincingly in a new course record of 18 mins 34 secs. This was a fantastic performance by Sean who finished off a very successful year in style in his hometown. Then we had Kevin Maunsell also running a brilliant race when finishing 3rd in 18 mins 54 secs, equalling the old course record and recording a new PB over this course and improving greatly on his 2014 run of 19 mins 4 secs. Then we had William Maunsell also running a fantastic race when finishing 4th in 18 mins 57 secs, also a PB for William over this course and greatly improving on his 19 mins 49 secs set in 2014. David Ryan also ran a brilliant race when finishing 12th and winning the over 40 award in 21 mins 11 secs and greatly improving on his 2014 run of 21:32. Anthony Bowen also ran a brilliant race when finishing 18th in 22 mins 13 secs and a massive improvement on last year’s run of 23:41.

We also had very good performances from athletes like Joey Feery 22nd in 22:51, Colm McCarthy also ran very well when finishing 2nd Junior in 23:08 and greatly improving on last year’s run of 24:11, Nigel O Flaherty was 26th in 23:18, Paudie O Keeffe made a very welcome return to running after a very lengthy lay off when finishing 2nd over 45 in 24:08, Lar Martin was 49th in 24:58, Neil Proven 53rd in 25:11 and greatly improving on last year’s run of 26:13, Laura Tobin 56th in 25:15, Corneilius McFadden 61st in 25:21, Daniel Slattery 62nd in 25:22 and greatly improving on his 2014 run of 28:07, Lorcan O Keeffe 67th in 25:39, Aine Roche 72nd in 25:51, Niall O Ceallaigh 76th in 25:58, Emmet Prendergast 77th in 25:59 and a massive improvement on his 2014 run of 27:02, Eddy O Donoghue 78th in 26:01, Noel Gillman 88th in 26:03, Ailish Mansfield also ran very well when winning the women’s over 35 award in 26:33 on her debut over this course, John Laste 91st in 26:35 and improving well on last year’s run of 26:54, Vincent McHugh 93rd in 26:40 and a new PB by 2 seconds, Suzanne Shine also ran very well when finishing 2nd over 40 in 26:41, Rebecca Doocey also ran very well when finishing 2nd over 35 in 26:55, Tom Bourke 100th in 26:59, Billy Prout 109th in 27:14, Elaine Horgan 111th in 27:16, Michelle Doherty 112th in 27:17 and greatly improving on last year’s run of 27:41, Cyril Fogarty 113th in 27:20, Noel Ryan 114th in 27:23, Annmarie Boland 115th in 27:23, Peter Kiely 116th in 27:24, Kealey Tideswell 117th in 27:25, Siobhain McHugh also ran very well when winning the women’s over 45 award in 27:44, Courtney McGuire also ran very well when winning the Junior Women’s award in 27:44, Kenny Brett 127th in 27:46, Anthony Power 131st in 27:56, Sean O Dea 144th in 28:33, John Griffin 145th in 28:34 and improving greatly on last year’s run of 29:23,  Nicola Maunsell also ran very well when finishing 2nd over 45 in 28:38 and a massive improvement on her 2014 run of 31:26, just shows how much you can improved by being the chairperson of our Club for a year !!!, Eamon English 160th in 29:02, Pat Walsh 177th in 29:32, Michael Doocey 178th in 29:32, Aisling English 180th in 29:36 and greatly improving on last year’s run of 31:50,  Charles Kerins 187th in 29:43, Tom Barry 208th in 30:33, Tom Quinn ran very well when winning the over 65 award in 30:39,  Anthony Landers 214th in 30:40, Ian Patterson 219th in 30:49, Martin Walsh 221st in 30:51 and greatly improving on his 2014 run of 31:23, Gloria Boles also had a brilliant performance when finishing in 31:45 and a massive improvement on last year’s run of 32:39, Evan Lynch race walked the distance in a very good time of 31:05, Brian Tyrrell 251st in 31:59, Eileen Hynes also ran very well when winning the over 55 award in 32:14, Mellissa McCarthy 266th in 32:33, Bernie Hopkins 275th in 33:05 and improving on last year’s run of 33:18, Julie Tideswell 277th in 33:07, Helen O Ceallaigh 283rd in 33:17, Szilvia McGee 286th in 33:35, Sarah Twomey 290th in 33:42 and greatly improving on last year’s run of 34:24, Ned O Brien 292nd in 33:46, Gillian Prendergast 294th in 34:02 and greatly improving on her 2014 run of 35:21, Benny Walsh 295th in 34:02, Noel Howley 299th in 34:08, Eoin Morrissey 302nd in 34:13, Aisling Cooney 310th in 34:29 and a great improvement on last year’s run of 36:14, Nicole O Gorman 322nd in 35 mins, Eamonn Crowley 323rd in 35:05, Jennifer Davey 327th in 35:09 and a massive improvement on last year’s run of 37:45, Myles McHugh also ran very well when winning the over 70 award in 35:19 and still enjoying the Sport, Mary O Gorman 333rd in 35:22, Donna Nagle 339th in 35:39, Anne McGarry 356th in 36:28, Derek Nolan 369th in 36:53, William Lonergan 381st 37:32, Jacqui Walsh 384th in 37:36 and a massive improvement on last year’s run of 40:48, Karen Dunne 392nd in 38:07, Aine Ryan 395th in 38:34, Pat O Connor 408th in 39:41, Catherine Ryan 420th in 41:38, Lena Griffin 424th in 42:37, Niall Brannigan 432nd in 44:49, Breeda Marnane 433rd in 44:59, Majella Quinlivan 438th in 49:35, Pierce Purcell also ran very well when finishing 447th in 57:07 and winning the over 75 award, great to see Pierce still enjoying the Sport, Pierce ran in our first St Stephen’s Day race in 1988 when he ran 28:46. Then we had Michelle Higgins putting in a great performance when finishing in 59:42 and a massive improvement on her last year’s walk of 64 mins 33 secs, Michelle is one of our Fit4Life trainers at our Monday night sessions, brilliant.

I just had a quick look at our first event in 1988 and it is great to see the following athletes still enjoying the Sport and competing in this year’s event, Myles McHugh, Tommy Cahill, Jim Fleming, Eamon Sweeney, Ned O Brien, Eamonn Crowley, John Laste and Pierce Purcell.

Clonmel Athletic Club Notes 31st December

County Titles for Hazel Galloway, Neil Proven and John Laste

The County Senior and Master Indoors Championships for 2018 took place last Sunday in Nenagh and it was great to see an increase in the number of Club members taking part and supporting these Championships. Competition was good, and it was great to see our members competing well. Joey Feery compete in the Senior 800m and ran well when finishing in 2 mins 25.33 secs. Neil Proven had a great Championship, competing in the over 50, Neil showed his versatility by winning the 400m in 65.37 secs and then the 800m in 2 mins 48.6 secs. He then turned his attention to the Field events and here he recorded a treble win in the Long Jump with a jump of 4.07m, in the High Jump with a clearance of 1.35m and in the Shot Putt with a throw of 8.88m, five Gold Championship performances on his debut in these Championships, brilliant all-round performances from one of our Juvenile Coaches. Then we had John Last competing in the men’s over 55 category and he too had a very good Championships. He showed a quick turn of pace when finishing a close 4th in the 60m sprint with 10.4 secs. He followed that up with a Golden performance in the 400m winning in 71.26 secs. Straight away he went in the 800m and here he won the Bronze medal in 2 mins 56.55 secs. Then we had Hazel Galloway competing in the women’s over 60 winning the 60m in 10.28 secs.

Great running in the Mooreabbey Miler’s 1 Mile Dash

The Mooreabbey Miler’s promotion of the one Mile dash took place in wet conditions on the 30th December and it was great to see Club members tackling this Classic distance and running well. Nigel O Flaherty ran very well when finishing 11th in 5 mins 6 secs. Then we had Neil Proven also running very well when finishing 25th in 5 mins 32 secs with Alan Carter 33rd in 5 mins 49 secs.

Togher AC 5k

The very popular Togher AC 5k took place in demanding conditions on the 31st December and Pauline Condon finished the year with a good performance when finishing in 25 mins 26 secs.