Clonmel Senior Notes March 2017

Clonmel Senior Athletic Club Notes March 2017

Clonmel Athletic Club Notes 5th March

Michael Carey helps DCU win Gold

Irish Universities Men 8K Cross-Country Championships took place today in Abbotstown in what were demanding conditions. Michael Carey representing DCU ran a brilliant race when finishing 8th in 23 mins 6 secs and was the 3rd scorer on the DCU team that won the Gold medals. This was a brilliant performance by Michael who recently won his first County Senior title when winning the Novice 6k in Moyne. We also had good performances from Anthony Bowen representing UL was 77th and Aidan Cremins representing CIT was 92nd.

Hazel Galloway – Double All Ireland Champion

The AIT, Athlone was the venue this weekend for the National Masters Indoor Championships. Hazel Galloway was in flying form. She started the day off very well when winning the women’s over 60 60m Gold medal in a brilliant time of 9.93 secs. Then later in the day she turned her attention to the 1 lap indoor event, the 200m, and again she ran a brilliant race when coasting to a brilliant Gold medal performance of 34.53 secs.

County Novice B road Championships

Galbally is the venue for these Championships next Sunday starting at 12 noon for the Women’s 3K and followed immediately by the Men’s 6k. We had a very good representation at the County Novice in Moyne in February and hopefully all those athletes that qualified for the Novice B will compete, if so the Club has a very good chance of winning medals in both the Women’s and Men’s races.

County Intermediate Road Championships

On Sunday, 19th March the County Intermediate will take place in Faugheen starting at 12 noon with the Women’s 4k and followed immediately by the Men’s 8K. We got a fantastic response from Club members for the County Novice and hopefully we will get an even bigger response for the Intermediate races.

Morrison Mini 6k Road Race Series

This year’s 6k series is once again sponsored by Morrison Mini, Cahir and the Club is very grateful for such sponsorship. This series has been promoted by the Club since 1982 and it has grown in stature over that period of time and has indeed been the start of many an athletic and running career. The current format lends itself to competing at your own pace with the help of others. You, the athlete sets your own target finishing time and then you must run the 6k as close as possible to your predicted time and the best three times on the night, the closest to the predicted times, will score for your team, regardless of where you finish in the 300 plus entry. March 22nd sees this year’s Morrison Mini 6k road race series get underway with the Practise run over the Lidl to Loreto circuit getting underway at 6.15pm sharp. For this race all participants MUST wear a high viz as the clocks will not have gone back. This year we are expecting close to 400 athletes to compete each night and so each race will be chip timed. The entry fee for the 5 races is 20 Euros per athlete. The rest of the races in the series are on Wednesday nights 29th March, April 5th, 12th and 19th and they will start at 7pm sharp. The race headquarters will be at the Colaiste Cheitinn, the Mall where numbers can be collected each night from 5.30pm onwards. Team Captains must submit their teams by Friday 24th March to Niall at [email protected].


Clonmel Senior Athletic Club Notes 11th March

Sean Tobin’s brilliant performance – All American Colleges gold medallist


Ole Miss DMR team lived up to their pre-race favorite status in the men’s Distance Medley Relay as Robert Domanic had the fastest 1600 anchor leg at 3:57.81 to give the Rebels the win in 9:31.32. Sean Tobin handed off to Domanic just behind Indiana after the 800m leg to put Domanic in position for the win, and the junior dashed away from quick-closing Virginia Tech and Georgetown, who had a blanket finish with Oregon for the next three places. This was a brilliant performance by Sean who ran the 800m and in the process took the team from 5th to 2nd place on the final handover.

Michelle Doherty wins County Bronze medal

Galbally was the venue last Sunday for the County Novice B road Championships which were held in ideal conditions. In the Women’s 3k race our team of Michelle Doherty, Sheila Perry and Orla Durand performed very well in what was a very competitive race. The race started and soon both Michelle and Sheila were close to the leaders with Orla well positioned as the athletes faced the tough incline. Then as the race entered its final stages Michelle moved clear of the chasing pack and she was soon closing the gap on the leading duo of Moyne athletes as the athletes came back into the village. Michelle dug deep and while she withheld a strong challenge she was also closing on the Silver medallist all the way to the line to win the Bronze medal, her first Individual medal and a brilliant performance in 11 mins 14 secs. This was a brilliant performance by Michelle who bypassed the Ballycotton 10 Miler to run in this Championship and was duly rewarded for her great performance. Then we had Sheila Perry also running very well and she made great progress over the final stages to finish 6th in 11 mins 56 secs and with Orla Durand also running brilliantly over the closing stages when finishing fast in 15th place in 12 mins 40secs. These three athletes combined very well to win the Inter Club Bronze medals and for all three athletes it was their first County medal, congrats and great to see the training paying dividends.

The Men’s 6k road race also took place and again it was brilliant to see so many Club members competing. It was a very competitive race. Keith O Brien ran very well when finishing 8th in 21 mins 23 secs. Then we had Conor Fleming also running very well when finishing 10th in 21 mins 31 secs. Brian Carroll also ran well when finishing strongly over the closing stages in 14th place in 21 mins 51 secs and this trio combined very well when finishing 4th Club, 8 points away from the Bronze medals. We also had good performances from Alan Carter 19th in 22:10, Billy Moloney 21st in 22:24, Bohus Jarabek 25th in 23:02, Donal Casey 28th in 23:57, John Laste 30th in 24:06, Vincent McHugh 31st in 24:09, James O Brien 32nd in 24:10 and John Perry 36th in 24:51.

Kevin Maunsell finishes 3rd in Ballycotton 10 Mile

The Ballycotton 10 Mile road race took place today in glorious sunshine and ideal for running. Kevin Maunsell who is running very well at present, warmed up for this event by running the Enniscorthy 10k in 30 mins 36 secs last month. He ran a brilliant race on his debut in this Classic event. He went with the early pace and soon he was part of a three man breakaway group along with Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrocks and Sergiu Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers. At four Miles Clohisey went clear with Kevin battling with Sergiu for 2nd place and they went through halfway in 25 mins 6 secs. Kevin kept that strong pace going all the way to finish 3rd in a brilliant time of 49 mins 54 secs. He becomes the first Clonmel AC athlete to break 50 minutes for this course, a fantastic achievement. This was also the highest position ever by a club athlete in this Classic event, brilliant. We also had very good performances from David Ryan 165th in 62:30, Joey Feery 181st 63:02, Jimmy Boland 183rd 63:03, James Denn 303rd in 66:16, a big improvement on last year’s run of 68 mins 58 secs, Pat O Connor 334th in 67:19, Siobhan McHugh 452nd in 70:03, Cyril Fogarty 551st in 71:51, Pat Coffey 652nd in 73:45, Anthony Power 756th in 75:26, Kenny Brett 799th in 75:57, Ned O Brien 1340th in 84:25, Lorraine Kennedy 2018nd in 95:09, Josephine Brett 2019th in 95:09 and Tim Quigley 2607th in 106:38.

Barcelona Marathon

This event took place in warm conditions. Here the Club colours were carried by Pat and Jacqui Walsh. In such demanding conditions Pat ran very well when finishing in 4 hours 6 mins 8 secs with Jacqui finishing in 5 hours  39 mins 20 secs, brilliant running.


County Intermediate

Faugheen is the venue next Sunday for the County Intermediate Women’s 4k and Men’s 8K road Championships at 12 noon and hopefully we will see as many of our club members taking part like what we had in the two Championship races to date.


Clonmel Athletic Club Senior Notes 19th March


Kealey Tideswell and Michael Carey – County Intermediate Champions


The County Intermediate Road Championships took place in Faugheen today and it was great to see the Club colours so prominent in both the women’s 4k and the Men’s 8k races, for many of them it was their first time running this Championship event and it is great to report that they all acquitted themselves very well in such demanding conditions where athletes had to face a very strong headwind as well as warm conditions. In the women’s race a group of athletes set the early pace that included Kealey Tideswell and Suzanne Shine. Then just before halfway Kealey went to the front and opened up a lead on the chasing pack that included Suzanne. Kealey kept that pace going all the way to come home a worthy Champion in 15 mins 40secs and a just reward for the determination to comeback after so many setbacks due to injuries. Then we had Suzanne Shine also running very well when finishing a close 5th in 15 misn 57 secs, some six seconds off the Bronze medal and a good improvement on her County Novice performance in Moyne in February. Then we had Siobhan McHugh also putting in a great performance when finishing 7th in 16 mins 14 secs and these three athletes combined very well to win the Gold medals and help to retain the Women’s County Intermediate Club title for another twelve months. We also saw some great performances from Michelle Doherty 10th in 16:45, Angela Wash 13th in 17:02, Sheila Perry 17th in 17:22, Orla Durand 22nd in 18:18, Grainne O Malley 23rd in 18:23, Nicola Maunsell 26th in 18:35, Aisling English 27th in 18:56, Lizzie Ryan 28th in 18:56, Mellissa McCarthy 30th in 19:11, Martina Crotty 36th in 19:33, Julie Tideswell 37th in 19:46, Lorraine Kennedy 39th in 20:13 and Josephine Brett 41st in 21:32. Our team of Michelle, Angela Walsh and Sheila Perry finished 5th in the team event, only 11 points off bronze medals.

In the Men’s race Michael Carey was determined to add this title to the County Novice title he won so impressively in Moyne in February and become only the 2nd Club man to win both title in the same year, the other athlete was Pat o Sullivan who won the 2004 County Novice in Ballynonty and the County Intermediate that year in Clonmel. The Race started and he went with the early pace and the leading group were still together as they went out on their last lap and then midway through this lap Michael went to the front and picked up the pace and soon opened a lead which he held all the way to the line to come home a very worthy and convincing Champion in 27 mins 25 secs, brilliant performance. Then we had Jimmy Boland also running very well when finishing 8th in 29:16 and he was closely followed across the finishing line by Nigel O Flaherty in 9th place in 29:22, Joey Feery also ran very well when finishing 11th in 29:31 and this quartet combined very well to win the inter Club Silver medals after being edged out by a strong Thurles Crokes team for the Gold medals. We also had some great performances from Anthony Bowen 17th in 30:13, Brian Carroll 18th 30:16, Billy Moloney 23rd in 30:59, James Denn 35th in 31:10, Brian Looram 27th 31:35, Mark Corcoran 28th 31:44,33rd James O Brien 33:22, 34th john Laste 33:32, Vincent McHugh 37th in 34:10, Donie Casey 40th in 34:22, Kenny Brett 42nd in 34:47, John Perry 43rd in 34:54, Niall O Ceallaigh 44th in 35:50, Dan O Keeffe 45th in 36:31 and Eddie Prendergast 46th in 38:39. This was a great day for the Club and great to see so many fine performances in both races, augurs well for the future.


Sean Tobin great performance


On St Patrick’s Day in the AIT Indoor complex in Athlone Sean Tobin was part of an Irish team aiming to break the world record for the 4 by 1 mile record. The team consisted of John Travers, Eoin Everard, Paul Robinson and Sean Tobin. Sean was on the final leg and he ran very well when finishing in approx 4 mins 5.07 secs while the team finished outside the world record time of 16 mins 12.81 secs.


Laura Tobin great performance in America


Last weekend Laura Tobin competed in the 5000m for St Leos at the University of South Florida Bulls Invitational, Friday evening at the USF Track & Field Stadium. She ran very well when finishing 6th in 18 mins 22.99 secs, great start to her season.


Clonmel AC Notes – 26th March


Great performances in the Mallow 10 Mile Road Race

The Mallow 10 Mile road race took place today in glorious sunshine and it was great to see the Club colours prominent. At times conditions were very warm and very little breeze and as such conditions were demanding, still we saw some great performances. David Ryan fresh from winning the Ardfinnan GAA 10k road race on St Patrick‘s Day ran well when finishing 17th in 60 mins 5 secs. We also had good performances from Billy Moloney who was 70th in 66 mins 27 secs, Oliver Lynch 77th in 67 mins 24 secs, John Laste 183rd in 74 mins 11 secs, Dan O Keeffe 208th in 74 mins 47secs, Sean O Dea 218th in 75 mins 42 secs, Cyril Fogarty 219th in 75 mins 42 secs, Brian Tyrell 351st in 81 mins 43 secs, Claire Tierney 518th in 89 mins 8 secs, Ian Patterson 582nd in 91 mins 20 secs and Cathy Mansfield 760th in 102 mins 14 secs.


Great start to the Morrison Mini 6k Road Race Series
The Morrison Mini 6k practise run took place tonight where conditions were cold but dry. It was brilliant to see an entry of 163 athletes competing tonight. Looking down through the results tonight there are many athletes who are not on teams, if they want to go on a team they can contact Niall at [email protected] and we will put them on teams for the 6k series. The closing date for teams and individuals has been extended to Sunday 26th March. Just send in the name of the team and the names of the team members and payment can be made on race night. The Race Headquarters for the 6K series is Colaiste Cheitinn, the Mall. Teams can collect their numbers here when they come to register their predicted time for the distance each night.
Tonight’s race was won by Jimmy Boland in 21 mins 17 secs, 2nd was Joey Feery in 22 mins 56 secs, 3rd was Keith O Brien in 22 mins 57 secs, 4th was Michael O Sullivan in 22 mins 58 secs, 5th was Brian Looram in 23 mins 8 secs and 6th was Billy Moloney in 23 mins 13 secs. The top 6 women were Claire Annan in 23 mins 43 secs, 2nd Aine Roche in 24 mins 11 secs, 3rd Linda Grogan 24 mins 21 secs, 4th Lorraine O Callaghan in 24 mins 37 secs and 6th Kealey Tideswell in 24 mins 50 secs. The Club would like to thank both Colaiste Cheitinn and the Loreto Convent for the use of their facilities, the Club would also like to thank the many stewards who helped to ensure that the whole event was a great success.
Next week the race will start at 7pm from Lidl and proceed to the Loreto Convent and all athletes can collect their numbers and pins from the Race Headquarters at Colaiste Cheitinn from 5.30pm onwards.