Clonmel Senior Athletic Club Notes 1st October
Suzanne Shine wins Silver and Leads Club team to Silver medals
The County Cross Country season got underway today at the turnpike and it was great to see the Club well represented in both the Women’s 3k and Men’s 6k County Novice Championships. In the Women’s race Suzanne Shine making her debut over Cross Country ran a brilliant race. It took her a while to get use to the terrain but once she did she made great progressed through the race. As the leaders went out on their last lap Suzanne had come right through to be battling for the Silver medal and she moved in the Silver medal position midway through the final lap and kept that pace going to win her first Individual County Cross Country medal with a brilliant performance. Then we had Michelle Doherty also making her debut over Cross Country and she also put in a brilliant performance when finishing 9th. Then we had Ann Marie Boland also running very well and showed that she is on the way back to full fitness when finishing strongly in 15th and along with Suzanne and Michelle they combined to win the Inter Club Silver medals. We also had Marian Flaherty and Nicola Maunsell running well when finishing 16th and 24th respectively, brilliant running all round.
In the Men’s 6k race we also had very good performances. Here Anthony Bowen ran very well when finishing 9th and showed a big improvement on his 21st place in last year’s race. Then we had both Joey Feery and Brian Looram running very well when finishing when finishing 15th and 16th respectively. This was Brian debut run in these Championships and he is sure to improve. Then we had Bohus Jarabek also making his debut in these Championships for the Club and he too ran very well when finishing 31st and this quartet of Anthony, Joey, Brian and Bohus finished 4th Club just edged out of the Bronze medals by 5 points. We also had good performances from Aidan Cremins 39th, James O Brien 40th, Sean O Dea also making his debut in Cross Country when finishing 42nd, Donal Casey 43rd and another debutant over Cross Country was Dan O Keeffe and he too ran well on his debut when finishing 50th.
Great Club performances in the Cork to Cobh 15 mile
The very popular Cork to Cobh 15 mile road race took place in good weather conditions and for many athletes this was their last major race before tackling the Dublin City marathon with close to 800 athletes competing. The Club was well represented with a number of our members competing in this event for the very first time. Eddy O Donoghue was the first of our Club members to cross the finishing line and he ran well when finishing 59th in 101 mins 50 secs. Then we had Corneilius McFadden also running well on his debut in this event when finishing 92nd in 106 mins 23 secs. Then we had Kealey Tideswell also running well when finishing 135th in 111 mins 24 secs. We also had good performances from John Perry who was 174th in 114 mins 56 secs, a big improvement on last year’s run of 116 mins 53 secs, Sheila Perry who ran very well when finishing 2nd woman over 45 in 115 mins 46 secs and also improving greatly on last year’s run of 118 mins 26 secs, John Laste 250th in 119 mins 55 secs, Anthony Power who was 314th in 123 mins 57 secs, Michael Ryan who was 327th in 124 mins 40 secs, a big improvement on last year’s run of 128 mins 34 secs, Caroline O Donoghue 328th in 124 mins 42 secs and she greatly improved on last year’s run of 128 mins 36 secs, Keith Robinson 329th in 124 mins 45 secs and he also improved greatly on last year’s run of 128 mins 44 secs, Grainne O Malley making her debut in this event ran very well when finishing 393rd in 129 mins 54 secs, Lizzie Ryan 474th in 135 mins 50 secs, Mellissa McCarthy was 522nd in 139 mins 48 secs, Deirdre Fahey was 571st in 145 mins 2 secs, Sinead Kennedy, another debutant, was 579th in 145 mins 45 secs, Julie Tideswell also making her debut in this event ran very well when finishing 598th in 147 mins 41 secs and Helen O Ceallaigh 611th in 148 mins 32 secs. The early Saturday Morning runs are proving very beneficial as can be seen from the above mentioned performances, roll on DCM.
Sean Tobin impresses on his seasonal debut
The Cross Country season is getting into full swing in America right now with the first major Open event taking place in Stillwater Oklahoma.
Here Sean Tobin ran a patient race moving up through the field as the race progressed to finish strongly in 3rd place in 24 mins 26 secs over 8K on his first Cross Country race of the season. He led his team to 2nd place in the team competition.
Laura Tobin great performance
St Leo’s College got their Cross Country season underway last week when competing in the Queens University of Charlotte Royals Challenge 5K, Friday evening at McAlpine Creek Park. Here Laura Tobin open her season’s account with a good performance when finishing 16th in 18 mins 20 secs and was the 3rd scorer on the team.
The Evan Hickey Mile Run
This event took place on our Track at the Dr Pat O Callaghan Sports Complex last Friday night where conditions were very good and it was great to see such a response as we had a fantastic turn out at this event and the Club would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make this event such a success. Indeed it was great to see Joe and Honra Hickey taking part as it was many a time that Joe coached our Juveniles, including his son Evan, on the track. This event raised 2300 Euros and we again thank everyone for their generosity for such a worthy cause.
The Club would like to offer our deepest condolences to Sareen Walsh on the recent death of her mother, Kathleen, may she rest in peace.
Clonmel Senior Athletic Club Notes – 15th October
Suzanne Shine wins Bronze medal and leads Club team to Bronze success
The County Intermediate Cross Country Championships took place in Galbally last Sunday where conditions were demanding with heavy underfoot conditions and rain to contend with. Still despite such conditions our 6 athletes performed very well in both races which were a step up in class from the County Novice Cross Country recently. In the Ladies race Suzanne Shine ran a brilliant race, going off with the early pace. Suzanne soon found herself sharing the lead and was actually leading the race at different stages as herself, Maire O Shea of Mooreabbey Milers and the eventual Champion, Jacqueline Hughes went stride for stride for the majority of the race. It was only in the last 200m was the race decided with Jacqueline getting away and Marie edging out Suzanne close to the line for 2nd place. Still Suzanne ran a brilliant race in such company to win the Bronze medal, brilliant performance. This was a brilliant performance by Suzanne and a big improvement on her Bronze medal winning run in the county Novice in only her 2nd ever Cross Country race. Then we had Michelle Doherty also running very well when finishing 8th and she also showed improvement on her recent County Novice performance in such trying conditions. Then we had Ailish Mansfield making her debut for the Club in Cross Country and she too should be delighted with her performance as she ran very well over the closing stages when finishing 12th. These three ladies combined very well to win the Inter Club Silver medals with Ailish winning her first County Cross Country medal for the Club.
In the Men’s race we also had three athletes competing which was a pity as it is four to score on the Men’s team and if we had a 4th athlete competing they would have been in the mix for the Inter Club medals. Still back to the action and here Anthony Bowen ran very well in such company when finishing 12th. Then we had Brian Looram also running well and an improved performance on his recent County Novice run when finishing 16th. Then we had Alan Carter making his Club debut in Cross Country and he too ran very well when finishing 23rd and he is sure to improve as the season progresses.
News from America
Last weekend the Cross Country competition moved to the Pre-National Invitational at Louisville. Sean Tobin ran a great race when finishing 20th in a top class field over the 8k cross country course in a seasonal best of 23 mins 30 secs and helped the Ole Miss to finish 5th in a very competitive event.
Last weekend Laura Tobin represented St Leo at the University of South Florida Invitational Cross Country 5K. Laura ran very well when finishing 69th in 20 mins 32 secs and was 3rd scorer on the team.
Clonmel AC 4k November Road Race Series
This year’s series of races gets underway on Wednesday 1st November at 7pm and continue for the 5 Wednesday nights in November. The first four races of this series are sponsored by O Reilly’s Total Health Pharmacy while the 5th race is our Charity race. More details on the Charity Race later. We are delighted to have this very popular series of 4ks sponsored by O Reilly’s Total Health Pharmacy and are very grateful for such sponsorship. We are also delighted to announce that any athlete that competes three out of the first four races will receive a “Goody Bag”, well worth competing for. The race format each night will be a Lucky Dip Format where preselected finishing places will be randomly selected each night and anyone who finishes in these positions will win a prize. We will also have a special Hamper prize raffled off from all the race numbers handed in at the finish each night, so make sure to hand back you race number to give yourself a chance of winning this wonderful prize.
This series of races caters for all levels of fitness and an ideal opportunity to come along and run the two laps at your own pace, there is a challenge, see can you compete in the November Challenge at your own pace and indeed with your own friends. The Entry Fee each night is 4 Euros and Registrations will take place in the Brothers of Charity carpark, St Patrick’s Road, Silversprings each night from 6.15pm and we are indeed very grateful to the Brothers of Charity for the use of their carpark. We have three rules that have to be strictly adhered to: Rule One – No High Viz, No Run, a bright yellow top is not a High Viz. Rule Two: Obey the stewards at all times, they are there for your safety as well as everyone else and they give of their time voluntarily. Rule Three – No Headphones.
Once again we will be looking for people to help with taking entries and stewarding on each of the five nights, so text Niall at 086 1660888 and let him know what night you can do.
Clonmel AC 4 Mile Road Race
This very popular event takes place on December 26th at 12 noon. This Club event is once again sponsored by MSD and we are very grateful for such sponsorship. This race has grown in stature over the years and is now firmly fixed on everyone calendar over the festive season.
The Club Lotto took place recently in Carey’s Bar Irishtown. The Lucky numbers were 6. 8. 2 and 29. The jackpot wasn’t won, one person had three numbers and won 100 Euros. The new Jackpot stands at 7.500 Euros and the next Draw is on in Moynihan’s on Friday 27th October. Tickets can be purchased from Niamh’s Restaurant, Moynihan’s and Bernie Macs, Old Bridge or at any of the Club’s Training Sessions.
Clonmel Athletic Club Notes – 21st October
News from America
The 2017 Sunshine State Conference Cross Country Championships took place on Saturday 21st October. Laura Tobin ran a great race when finishing 6th in the 6k event in 23 mins 2 secs and was the 3rd scorer on the St Leo’s team that finished 2nd. Their next competition is the NCAA South Region Cross Country Championships on Saturday 4th November.
Clonmel Senior Club Notes – 28th October
Silver for Anthony Bowen and Bronze for Michelle Doherty
Moyglass AC hosted the County Novice B Cross Country Championships today in ideal conditions where conditions were dry, and the course was relatively flat. In the Women’s race Michelle Doherty was our sole representative and she ran a brilliant race. The race started, and Michelle gradually made her way up through the field and joined the leaders just before halfway. Then just before going out on the last lap the pace increased and she was 3rd and she kept the tempo going to win the bronze medal, brilliant running in only her 3rd ever Cross-Country race.
In the Men’s race Anthony Bowen went with the early pace and after the 1st of the 5 laps he was joined at the front by Stephen Flanagan of Moyne and these two athletes were still together at halfway. Going out on the 4tf lap Stephen increased the pace and soon opened a lead on Anthony but Anthony kept the head down and tried to get back to the leader and by so doing he was moving well clear of the chasing pack and he kept it going to win his first individual Cross-Country medal in fine style, after a very good performance. We also had good performances from James O Brien who was 17th and Donie Casey who was 21st and these three athletes combined to finish 5th Club, beaten on countback for 4th place.
Great Club performances at the Dublin City Marathon
The Dublin Marathon weekend started at the EXPO in RDS where numbers were collected, and athletes received their final instructions to make it to the start on time Sunday Morning.
The Dublin City Marathon is one of the biggest days of the running calendar for our members as we always had a very good number of Club members competing, this year our team of 54 athletes were made up of 31 Men and 23 Women. For most of our members it was the culmination of 15 weeks of training with some members having ran a few marathons while for others it was their first attempt over this Classic distance. Some of them found themselves sailing through the training to the start line. Others were relieved to get that far and anxious to get to the finish line. Unfortunately for others they got injured on the journey and no doubt it was hard for them to see all their mates heading off to the DCM. There will be other Marathons, keep the faith.
So, after months of training and fretting the big day loomed! Picking up the race number on Saturday brought on the usual mix of nervousness and excitement! After an early night and much stretching the morning dawns and reality also! No backing out now! Final breakfast and more stretching and down to the start!
The race conditions were ideal, warm and no wind to contend with and the atmosphere was brilliant. The race began. In the report I have included the chip time in brackets.
Nigel O Flaherty ran a brilliant race when finishing163rd in 2 hours 50 mins 12 secs (2:50:09). Nigel went through hallway in 80:49. Then we had Jimmy Boland also running very well when finishing 254thin 2 hours 55 mins 9 secs (2:55:07) and he went through halfway in 82:55. He was followed across the finishing line closely by Joey Feery who also ran very well when finishing 267th in 2 hours 55 mins 41 secs (2:55:36) with Joey reaching halfway in 85:39. Shane Greene also ran a great race when finishing 267th in 2 hours 59 mins 14 secs (2:58:48) and improving on last year’s run of 3:00:44. He reached halfway in 89:56 on his way to a new PB. It is great to see 4 Club members breaking 3 hours for this Classic distance. Then we had Billy Moloney a relative newcomer to this distance run a brilliant race when finishing 738th in 3 hours 7 mins 8 secs (3:06:42) after going through halfway in 91:39 and this was a massive improvement on last year’s run of 3:14:36. Then we had David Ryan also running well when finishing 803rd in 3 hours 8 mins 45 secs (3:08:39) with Conor Fleming also running very well when finishing 1041st in 3:13:33 (3:13:06). We also had very good performances from Eddy O Donoghue who was 1125th in 3:14:51 (3:14:33), Corneilius McFadden 1175th in 3:15:34 (3:14:58), Kealey Tideswell ran very well on her debut when finishing 1490th in 3 :20:10 (3:19:06), Noel Gillman 1580th in 3:21:34 (3:21:05), Alan Carter was also making his debut in this event for the Club and he ran very well when finishing 1678th in 3:22:57 (3:22:18), Siobhan McHugh was 1695th in 3:23:10 (3:22:30), very close to her PB of last year (3:22:07), James Denn 1742nd in 3:23:54 (3:23:26), Niall Brannigan was 2009th in 3:27:07 (3:26:01), Pat O Connor 2116th in 3:28:12 (3:27:35), Donal Ryan 2121st in 3:28:15 (3:27:13), John Laste 2840th in 3:35:09 (3:33:02), John Perry 2994th in 3:36:52 (3:35:31) and a great improvement and PB on last year’s run of 3:38:41, Edel Roche also ran very well when finishing 3086th in 3:37:48 (3:36:31) and also very close to her PB of last year 3:36:08, Rebecca Doocey also ran very well when posting a new PB when finishing 3180th in 3:33:38 (3:37:55) and improving greatly on her 2015 performance of 3:41:28, Sheila Perry ran very well when finishing 3330th in 3:39:38 (3:37:11) to achieve a new PB when improving on last year’s run of 3:40:55, Pat Walsh showed no ill effects from his recent Chicago Marathon when finishing 3931st in 3:44:49 (3:44:32), Vincent McHugh ran a great race on his debut over this distance when finishing 3951st in 3:44:57 (3:43:48), Ciara Gibney was 4426th in 3:48:23 (3:45:12), Sean O Dea was 5593rd in 3:55:51 (3:53:40) also very close to his PB of 3:53:37, Tom Quinn was 3:56:12 (3:55:27), Michael Ryan was 5673rd in 3:59:41 (3:55:43), Cyril Fogarty was 6305th in 3:59:41 (3:57:45), Caroline O Donoghue was 6714th in 4:2:19 (4:1:41), Neil Proven also ran very well on his Club debut in this event when finishing 6927th in 4:4:00 (4:1:53), Grainne O Malley ran a great race when finishing 7450th in 4:8:13 (4:6:45) and a massive improvement on last year’s performance of 4:13:37, Sancha Quigley was another athlete who ran very well on her debut over this Classic distance when finishing 8409th in 4:15:03 (4:14:29), Gregorz Kecik was 8592nd in 4:16:41 (4:15:17), Lizzie Ryan ran the proverbial blinder when finishing like a train to knock 19 mins 26 secs off last year’s run of 4:37:16 when finishing 8750th in 4:17:50 (4:16:20), brilliant performance, Keith Robinson was 8753rd in 4:17:51 (4:17:13), Anthony Power was 8993rd in 4:19:24 (4:16:32), Aine Butler also ran the proverbial blinder when finishing 9173rd in 4:20:47 (4:19:160 and in the process set a new PB of 13 mins 6 secs by improving on last year’s run of 4:33:53, Gloria Boles was another Club member making her debut in this event and she too ran very well when finishing 9678th in 4:24:50 (4:24:38), Sinead Kennedy ran very well when finishing 9751st in 4:25:23 (4:23:42) to dip under last year’s PB of 4:25:30, Deirdre Fahey was 9755th in 4:25:24 (4:23:43) and close to her PB of 4:21:52, Cathy Mansfield was another Club member making her debut over this Classic distance and she too ran very well when finishing 10112th in 4:28:07 (4:27:50), Tom Butler was 10534th in 4:31:37 (4:30:49), Jo Brett was another member making her debut over this Classic distance and she too ran very well when finishing 10837th in 4:34:28 (4:34:23), Mellissa McCarthy was 11047th in 4:36:29 (4:35:00), Helen O Ceallaigh was another member making her debut in this Classic event and she too ran very well when finishing 11582nd in 4:41:48 (4:41:16), Marion O Neill was 11689th in 4:43:10 (4:42:27), Brian Tyrrell showed no ill effects from his recent Berlin Marathon when finishing 11702nd in 4:43:18 (4:41:50), Julie Tideswell was another Club member making her debut over this Classic distance and she too ran very well when finishing 11810th in 4:44:46 (4:43:57), Kenny Brett was 12703rd in 4:54:29 (4:54:19), Jacqui Walsh was 12828th in 4:56:09 (4:55:36), Ian Patterson was 13369th in 5:3:25 (5:1:560 and Paula Greally was another Club member making her debut over this Classic distance for the Club and she too ran very well when finishing 14996th in 5:48:22 (5:46:43).
All our participants had one common praise and that was for the fantastic support and encouragement they got from our band of supporters who were dotted around the course and especially over the final few miles, they really appreciated the” go on, well done, keep it going, you are flying etc”.