Clonmel Senior Notes February 2017

2017 Senior Club News

Clonmel Senior Athletic Club Notes February 2017

Clonmel Athletic Club Notes 5th February

Men win County Silver relay medals

The County Road relays took place today in Clonoulty where conditions were dry and sunny. In the Men’s event Donie Casey got the team off to a great start moving into 3rd place over the 800m leg and held on to that position before handing over to Billy Moloney for the 1500m leg and he closed the gap on the Dundrum athlete before handing over to Brian Looram who also put in a great effort over 800m when moving into 2nd place before handing over to Nigel O Flaherty for the 3000m run. Nigel moved well clear of the Dundrum athlete and ran very well when finishing 2nd in a combined team time of 19 mins 57 secs and won the first County Championship medals of 2017 when winning the Silver medals, great team effort all round.

County Novice Road Championships

These Championships, 3K for Women and 6K for Men will take place on Sunday 19th February in Moyne with the Women’s race star tin at 12 noon followed immediately by the Men’s event.

Great Performances at the John Treacy 10 Mile

The John Treacy 10 Mile road race took place today in dry but cold conditions and it was brilliant to see so many Club members taking part in this Classic event. Jimmy Boland led the way when running very well to finish 41st in 58 mins 49 secs. We also had very good performances from Joey Feery 64th in 60:15, Sean McCarthy 79th in 61:25, Conor Fleming 122nd in 63:36, Eddy O Donoghue 133rd in 63:59, Keith O Brien 139th in 64:10, Claire Annan 194th in 65:23, James Denn 234th in 66:42, Cyril Fogarty 254th in 67:04, Brendan Walshe 276th in 67:39, Neil Proven 279th in 67:44, Tom Bourke 331th in 69:00, Niall O Ceallaigh 337th in 69:04, Suzanne Shine, ran very well when winning the 2nd woman over 35 award when finishing 344th in 69:10, Peter Kiely 354th in 69:21, Noel Ryan 365th in 69:33, John Laste 393th in 70:18, Tom Butler 417th in 71:02, Siobhan McHugh 422nd in 71:10, Martin Walsh 433rd in 71:25, Ciaran Fahey 450th in 71:38, William Prout 458th in 71:49, Cormac Healy 482nd in 72:26, Vincent McHugh 486th in 72:31, Anthony Power 492nd in 72:40, Daniel Kennedy 512nd in 73:04, John Perry 518th in 73:12, Sheila Perry 528th in 73:24, Kenny Brett 531st in 73:30, Pat Coffey 539th in 73:42, Sean O Dea 561st in 74:00, Michelle Doherty 567th in 74:05, Jane Hewitt 603rd in 74:39, Emmet Prendergast 617th in 75:01, Dan O Keeffe 670th in 75:58, Niall McCarthy 718th in 77:08, Orla Fleming 784th in 78:23, Edel Roche 801st in 78:40, Noel O Neill 809th in 78:48,Brian Tyrell 900th in 80:15, Caroline O Donoghue 928th in 80:57, Keith Robinson 929th in 80:58, Niall Brannigan 934th in 81:08, Pat Walsh 938th in 81:14, Eamonn English 1023rd in 83:22, Adrian Lonergan 1113rd in 85:03, Julie Tideswell 1139th in 85:28, Nicola Maunsell 1157th in 85:49, Rebecca Doocey 1235th in 87:21, Ned O Brien 1240th in 87:27, Deirdre Fahey 1282nd in 88:15, Helen Gillman 1328th in 89:21, Bernie Hopkins 1345th in 89:33, Martina Crotty 1348th in 89:35, Denise Donnelly 1376th in 90:00, Sandra Laycock 1380th in 90:11, Sarah Toomey 1383rd in 90:13, Mellissa McCarthy 1386th in 90:17, Ian Patterson 1415th in 91:12, Ciara Meehan 1426th in 91:43, Helen O Ceallaigh 1443rd in 92:14, Aine Butler 1465th in 92:53, Marion O Neill 1466th in 92:54, Josephine Brett 1567th in 96:26, Breeda Marnane 1671st in 98:57, Anthony Landers 1686th in 99:17, Roberta Ryan 1693rd in 99:23, Anne McGarry 1698th in 99:34, Cathy Mansfield 1699th in 9938, Michelle Hannafin 1748th in 102:08 and Jacqui Walsh 1816th in 106:41.

 

Claire Annan wins 4k Road Race

The 4th race of the Club’s New Year 4k Road Race Series took place tonight in good running conditions. The Club would like to thank the Bothers of Charity for the use of their car park and the Civil Defence for First Aid. The race was won by Claire Annan in 15 mins 30 secs with Alan Carter 2nd in 15 mins 55 secs and Ian Purcell 3rd in 16 mins 6 secs with Liam Morrissey 4th in 16 mins 12 secs. Alison Lonergan was 2nd woman in 20 mins 30 secs with Denise Ryan 3rd in 20 mins 49 secs.

The race format was Lucky dip and the lucky winners based on pre selected finishing places were Alex Muhlwald 7th in 17 mins 2 secs, Justin Walsh 18th in 18 mins 33 secs, Aidan Barry 27th in 20 mins 30 secs and Willie Delahunty 47th in 24 mins 2 secs. The Club would also like to thank its many stewards who ensured that the whole event was well organised.

Charity Race in aid of the Brothers of Charity

The 6th race of this series is our Charity event and that takes place on Wednesday 15th February and this year the worthy cause is the Brothers of Charity Silversprings Clonmel. So all monies collected at that race on Wednesday 15th February will go to the Brothers of Charity unit at Dun Aoibhinn Activities Centre, Silversprings, Clonmel, a very worthy cause.

 

Annerville 10K

This summer classic will take place on Sunday 7th May

Clonmel Senior Athletic Club Notes 12th February

William Maunsell wins Men’s 3000m in AAI Indoor Games

William Maunsell of Clonmel A.C. wins the men’s 3000m race in 8:16.65 during the Irish Life Health AAI Indoor Games at Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown, Dublin on Sunday 5th February 2017. To put this super victory in perspective Bantry’s Darragh McElhinney who finished second in the men’s 3,000m earned himself an Irish Youth record of 8:18.88. This time erased John Treacy’s outdoor youth record!

Great performances in Fermoy 5K

The Fermoy 5k Road Race took place last Sunday in cold but dry conditions and it was great to see some good performances from club members as they open their account for 2017. Bohus Jarabek ran very well when finishing 18th in 19 mins 43 secs on his debut for the Club. Then we had Alan Carter also running very well when finishing 21st in 19 mins 57secs. Keeley Tideswell also ran well on her first outing after a lengthy lay off due to injury when finishing 48th in 21 mins 35 secs. We also had good performances from Ned O Brien 82nd in 23 mins 41 secs, Julie Tideswell 116th in 25 mins 58 secs and Myles McHugh 145th in 27 mins 26 secs.

Dune Half Marathon

The Newry to Dundalk Cross Border half Marathon took place last Sunday and Jacqui Walsh ran very well when finishing 721st in 2 hours 26 mins 3 secs.

Hazel wins Munster Award

The Clonmel Park Hotel was the venue last Saturday night for the Munster Athletic Sports Star Awards. The Club would like to thank the County Board for organising a very successful event, great credit to them. Hazel Galloway was honoured for her many achievements during 2016 which included Munster Indoor Champion over 55 at 60m (9.83 Secs) and over 60 200m (35.19 Secs), Munster Outdoor Champion over 60 in both the 100m (15.97 secs) and 200m (34.55 secs).

Adrian Curley wins 4k

The 5th race of the Club’s New Year’s 4k Road Race Series took place tonight in ideal running conditions. The Club would like to thank the Bothers of Charity for the use of their car park and the Civil Defence for First Aid.

The race was won by Adrian Curley in 14 mins 46 secs with TJ Quigley 2nd in 14 mins 58 secs and Ian Purcell 3rd in 15 misn 54 secs. Adrian ran this race as part of his 32 races, one in each county and we are delighted that he chose our race as his Tipperary event in his Challenge and we wish him the very best in his endeavours. The top three women in tonight’s race were: Grainne O Callaghan 11th in 17 mins 1 sec, Alison Lonergan 27th in 19 mins 46 secs and 3rd Eileen Hynes 29th in 20 mins 21 secs.

The race format was Lucky dip and the lucky winners, based on pre selected finishing places were Ian Purcell 3rd in 15 mind 54 secs, Maurice Boland 23rd in 19 mins 23 secs, Sarah Nugent 34th in 22 mins 6 secs and Willie Delahunty 42nd in 23 mins 9 secs. The Club would also like to thank its many stewards who ensured that the whole event was well organised.

Charity race in aid of the Brothers of Charity Dun Aoibhinn, Silversprings

On next Wednesday night our 4k Charity race is in aid of the Brothers of Charity Unit at Dun Aoibhinn. Indeed we are very grateful to the Brothers of Charity for the use of their car park as our race Headquarters and we are delighted to have an opportunity to show our appreciation for their help over the years. There is no entry fee, just donations and all donations received next Wednesday night will go to their worthy cause. So we encourage as many members as possible to come along and support this worthy cause. Registration will start from 6.30 onwards

 

County Novice Road Championships

These Championships takes place this Sunday 19th February at 12 noon in Moyne, Hopefully the club will be well represented in both the Women’s 3K and Men’s 6k races as the majority of our members are eligible.

Clonmel Athletic Club Notes 19th February

Super Silver for William Maunsell at National Indoors

Last weekend saw Irelands finest converge on the amazing New Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown for the Irish Life Senior Indoor Championship for 2017. The amazing indoor arena impressed all entering for the first time providing a glimpse of the future of Irish athletics.

On Saturday it was the turn of the Race walkers from Clonmel to take to the track in the 5km Men’s Race walk with two Olympians in the field. The race took off at a blistering pace with the eventual winner Alex Wright setting off at record pace a pace he would hold to the line to set the first new Irish record at the arena. Evan Lynch and Anthony Tobin were working hard down the field in a battle of their own exchanging places as they went through the race. Anthony eventually piped Evan on the line to come home in 23.15 in 5th place with Evan finishing a step behind in 6th. It was great to see two of our finest stepping up onto the big stage enjoying the wonderful opportunity to race with a world class athlete like Alex.

Pride of place has to go to William Maunsell who participated in the 3000 meter event on Sunday. This hotly contested race suited William fresh from his brilliant performance at the AAI games the week previous. William was not put off by the huge field and stuck to his task from the gun. William ran consistently throughout finishing in 8.22.46 a mere 3 seconds off the winner and international athlete Eoin Everard from Kilkenny to take the silver medal.  This was a brilliant performance by a dedicated athlete with great hopes for 2017.

Michael Carey is County Novice Champion and he leads the Club to County Champions

The County Novice Road championships took place today in Moyne and it was great to see the club very well represented in both races. Indeed it was great to see all our debutants perform so well in both races, augurs well for the future. In the 3k race Suzanne Shine went off with the early pace and soon found herself in the chasing pack of 5 after 1km with the eventual winner, Lorraine Healy of Moyne and the eventual Silver medallist Jacqueline Hughes of Thurles Crokes well clear. Suzanne got stuck in and with 400m to go was still in a tight battle and kept the pace going to finish a very creditable 5th in 11 mins 37 secs, brilliant running in such a very competitive race. We then had Michelle Doherty also running very well when finishing very strongly in 10th place in 12 mins 16 secs. Sheila Perry making her debut in this event put in a great performance when finishing 16th in 12 mins 31 secs. Orla Durand, another debutant, also ran very well especially over the final 800m when finishing strongly in 23rd place in 13 mins 14 secs. Then we had Nicola Maunsell also putting in a great performances as she withstood some late challenges over the final stretch to finish 27th in 13 mins 27 secs. Mari Murphy Condon was another athlete making her debut in these Championships and she ran well when finishing in 18 mins 24 secs. The team of Suzanne, Michelle and Sheila just finished outside the medals in a very competitive team event when finishing 4th on 32 points while the team of Orla, Nicola and Mari were 9th on 94 points.

In the Men’s race, Michael Carey was trying to achieve the County Novice double as he won the County Novice Cross Country last October and was eager to add this County Road title to his achievements. The race attracted a very competitive entry and that was seen once the race started as a large group of athletes went with the early pace and they were still together as they left the village, it was around halfway that the leading group began to break up as the pace increased. Michael was still going very well, watching every move and then as they approached the 4k he went into the lead and upped the tempo and soon opened a lead which he increased all the way to the line to come home a very worthy Champion in 19 mins 8 secs. This was a very good performance by Michael and great to see him running so well. Then we had Nigel O Flaherty also running very well when fending off some late challengers to finish 7th in 20 mins 19 secs. Mark Darmody also put in a brilliant performance when coming through over the closing stages to finish 12th in 20 mins 28 secs. Then we had Jimmy Boland also running very well when finishing 14th in 20 mins 35 secs and these four athletes combined very well to win the Danny Butler Cup as County Novice Men Road Champions for 2017. The last time we won this Cup was also in Moyne in 2014 and our winning team that day was David Mansfield, Jimmy Boland, Mark Darmody and Declan Curley.

Back to the race and we also had quite a number of debutants in this race as well as it was great to see them all running well. We had good performances from Joey Feery 19th in 21:02, Keith O Brien 31st in 21:57, Billy Moloney 32nd in 21:58, Conor Fleming 37th in 22:03, Brian Carroll 45th in 22:22, Bohus Jarabek 48th in 22:49, Alan Carter 50th in 22:53, James Denn 51st in 23 mins, Neil Proven 53rd in 23:12, Niall O Ceallaigh (birthday boy) 54th in 23:22, Cyril Fogarty 60th in 23:41, Tom Butler 64th in 24 mins, Donal Ryan 65th in 24:02, Tom Bourke 66th in 24:08, James O Brien 68th in 24:27, Vincent McHugh 72nd in 24:49, Donal Casey 73rd in 24:53, John Perry 74th in 24:59, Kenny Brett 75th in 25:04, Dan O Keeffe 91st in 27:09 and John Laste 92nd in 27:13. Once again well done to all our athletes and our next County event is the Women’s 4K and Men’s 8K in Faugheen on Sunday 19th March at 12 noon. All these races are a great way to build up for our own Classic event on Sunday 7th May with the Annerville 10K.

 

Brian Carroll wins 4K

The final race of the Club’s 4K road race series took place tonight in ideal conditions for running no breeze and mild weather. Tonight’s race was our Charity event and the nominated Charity was the Brothers of Charity, Dun Aoibhinn and it was brilliant to see such a great entry with 91 athletes competing. The race raised 600 Euros for this worthy cause and the Club would like to thank everyone who contributed brilliant response. The Club would like to thank the Civil Defence for doing the First Aid and to our many stewards who ensured that the whole event was well organised.

The race was won by Brian Carroll in 15 mins 7 secs with Billy Moloney 2nd in 15 mins 9 secs and Ian Purcell was 3rd in 15 mins 36 secs. The top three women were Grainne O Callaghan 7th in 16 mins 22 secs, Linda Murphy 14th in 17 mins 26 secs and 3rd Anna Byrne 20th in 17 mins 59 secs.

The Race format was Lucky Dip, based on finishing positions preselected before race start and the lucky winners were: Daniel Kennedy 13th in 17 mins 6 secs, Justin Walsh 21st in 18 mins 14 secs, Eileen Hynes 36th in 20 mins 14 secs, Aisling Cooney 44th in 21 mins 41 secs, Mary Walsh 57th in 24 mins, Sareen Walsh 68th in 25 mins 30 secs , Richard Skehan 79th in 36 mins 47 secs, Nuala Ahearne 82nd in 42 mins 19 secs and Maria Barry 83rd in 42 mins 19 secs.

The focus now turns to our upcoming Morrison Mini 6k Road races starting on March 22nd, for 5 Wednesday nights followed by the RUN4FUN in Cahir on Wednesday 26th April. More details to follow

 

Clonmel Senior Athletic Club Notes 26th February

Sean Tobin SEC Mile Champion

At the SEC Indoor Championships in Nashville, Tennessee Sean Tobin won his first Regional Conference Championship medal when winning the Mile event in 4 mins 0.18 secs from his two College mates Trevor Gilley 4 mins 0.47 secs  and Robert Domanic 4mins 3.21 secs. Sean ran a brilliant race when leading from the start and brought the field through 1Km in 2 mins 30.19 secs. Then with about 300m to go he was passed by Trevor but Sean had other ideas as he powered home on the final lap to win a brilliant Championship race. Sean qualified for the final when finishing 4th in his heat in 4 mins 10.05 secs. He was going into the final as favourite and he wore that label without any fuss as he had the fastest time this year in the region of 4 mins 0.09 secs.

 

Anthony Tobin Wins Isle of Mann 10K Walk

Last weekend we had Anthony Tobin competing at the Manx Harriers Open 10K competition. This is a competition that Anthony is familiar with as he competed here last year when finishing 2nd in 48 mins 45 sec. This year he once again set the pace and came home a very worthy winner when crossing the line in 47 mins 5 seconds. This was a brilliant performance and a great start to the year.

 

All Ireland Presentations

Last Friday night we held our Annual All Ireland Presentation Awards in Moynihans. It was a night to celebrate with our stars, Juvenile and Seniors alike. Club Chairperson Nicola Maunsell welcomed everyone to the Awards and said it was great to celebrate such great achievements across a wide array of events and age groups. Each athlete’s achievements were mentioned and they were all presented with their award by Club Chairperson, Nicola Maunsell.

 

Morrison BMW 6k Series

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. The Club is delighted that Morrison Mini Cahir is once again sponsoring this very popular race series. The format is still the same, five athletes on each team and the best three times, closest to the predicted times, will count for each team on each night. This year we are expecting over 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 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 Thursday 24th March to Niall at niallfosullivan1@eircom.net.