Clonmel Senior Notes January 2017

2017 Senior Club News

Clonmel Senior Athletic Club Notes for January 2017

Clonmel Athletic Club Notes – January 3rd

John Laste and Bernard O Neill shine at County Indoors

The first Championships of 2017 took place at the Nenagh indoor complex last Monday with the County Senior and Masters Indoor Championships taking place. John Laste making his debut at these Championships performed very well when winning the over 50 400M Gold medal in 71.91 secs. Then later in the day he ran very well in the over 50 800m when winning the Silver medal in 2 mins 43 secs. Bernard O Neill is no stranger to these Championships and once again he produced three very good performances when winning the Men’s over 65 60m in 9.3 secs, the Long Jump with a jump of 3.52m and the Shot Putt with a throw of 7.37m. Bernard’s next competition is the Munster Master Indoors. Congrats to both John and Bernard in winning the Club’s first Championship medals of 2017.


Clonmel Athletic Club Notes 8th January

Munster Penthatlon title for Orla Winston

The Munster Junior & U/23 Men/Women’s Indoors & Juvenile & Youth Girls/Boys Penthatlon events took place in Nenagh Indoor track on 8th and 9th January.

On Saturday 8th January Orla Winston competed in the Girls U16 Championship event. In the 60m Hurdles she won in a time of 10.09 secs, then she won the High Jump with a clearance of 1.53m. She won the Shot Putt with a throw of 9.16M. In the Long Jump she was 2nd with a jump of 4.48m and in the 800m she was 3rd in a time of 2 mins 48.69 secs. Having won the first three events and placing second in the fourth had built up an unassailable lead over her competitors of over 500 points to ensure that she would take the gold medal and be crowned Munster Champion. We wish Orla the best of luck representing club and province in the upcoming National competition.

Then on Sunday 9th January Killian Whelan competed in a very competitive the Boys U11 Penthatlon Events with sixteen athletes competing and he too put in some great performances like in the 60m he ran 9.74 secs, he ran 31.7 secs for the 200m and in the 600m he ran 2 mins 17.8 secs . In the Shot Putt his best Throw was 5.90M and in the Long Jump he jumped 3.11m. This fine array had in 3rd place heading into the final event, setting three personnel bests along the way couldn’t maintain this standard and finished in a very credible 6th place. This was a fine set of performances for his debut in these Championships for.


Anthony Tobin wins Munster Senior Title

Anthony Tobin started his 2017 campaign with great expectation with his wonderful bronze medal from the National 20km Championships still to the forefront of his mind. Anthony toed the line in Nenagh on Sunday last in the Munster Senior Indoor Championship. Anthony made his intentions known from the off starting at a blistering pace completing the first kilometre in 4 mins 17 secs. Anthony lost very little of this pace throughout the race completing the 5km event in a magical time of 21 mins 45 secs slashing a full minute off his PB, Congrats to Anthony on winning his first Munster Senior title and hoping it will be the first of many gold medals in 2017.



The Club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to Bridget Mullins and her family on the sudden death of her husband Paddy Mullins. Paddy was a great lover of all sports but had a fond spot for athletics and that rubbed off on all his children as they all competed in Athletics with great successes. He was heavily involved in the Club in the early years and held many a training session over in the High School field and coached many Club athletes to achieve great successes at all levels, County Munster and National levels, may he rest in peace.  His son, Vincent is still involved with the Club.


Clonmel Athletic Club Notes 15th January 2017

Bernard O Neill – Triple Munster Champion

The Munster Master indoor Championships took place today in Nenagh where there were a lot of guests competing   as athletes prepare for the All Ireland Championship on 5th March and as such competition was very keen. Bernard O Neill underlined his recent good form when capturing three Gold medals. He got the day off to a flying start when winning the over 65 60m in 9.25 seconds which was a major improvement on his recent County success of 9.30 seconds. He then turned his attention to the 200M and in the final ran a brilliant bend when coming home a clear winner in 31.07 secs. His next event was the Long Jump and here he put in a good array of jumps, his best of 3.66m saw him capture the Gold medal. These were three great performances from Bernard as he now sets his sights on the All Irelands in seven weeks time.


Great night for the Club at the County Awards


The County Awards took place last night in Horse and Jockey and the County Board are to be complimented on organising a great event where athletes were honoured for their achievements in 2016, great to see such talented athletes in the County.

Hazel Galloway had a great year in 2016 and her achievements were duly recognised at last night’s awards. Hazel represented Ireland at the European Indoor Masters Championships in Ancona, Italy in the W60 60m finishing 4th in 9.48 & 5th in the 200m in 32.43. She also competed in the World Track and Field Championships in Perth in October last where she was 7th in the 0/60 100m in 15.48 secs & 6th in the 200m 32.11 secs. At the National Masters Track & Field Championships in Tullamore in August, Hazel won double National titles in the Women’s 0/60 100m & 200m. For her achievements she was voted the best Female athlete of the year as well as getting an award for her International performances as well as recognition for her Munster record performances of 9.83 secs for the 100m over 60 and her 200m record of 15.97 secs for the 200m over 60.

Michael Carey was also presented with his award for his fine performance when winning the Celtic Track and Field Universities Steeplechase.

The Club also won the Best Juvenile Cross Country Club award in 2016 as well as the Best Track and Field Club (Group 2) in 2016. At Senior level the Club had a brilliant season and were presented with Cups for winning the following titles: the Women’s Intermediate Road Club title, the Master Women’s Road Club title, the Senior Women 10 Mile Club title, the Senior Women’s 5k Club title, The Senior Men 10 Mile Club title and the Master Men Cross Country Club title. The Club was also presented with the Michael Cahill Perpetual Cup for the Best Senior Club in the Road Championship series. These Cups and awards were accepted on behalf of the Club by Nicola Maunsell (Club Chairperson), Donna Nagle (Club Secretary), Mary Doyle (Club Competition Secretary) and Albert Doyle (Juvenile Chairman). Looking at these fine achievements in 2016 will hopefully inspire all our athletes to achieve their best in 2017.


Great performances in the Colligan Cup


The Colligan Cup event took place today in Colligan Wood near Dungarvan where the weather was good. This is an event where the Clock count down to zero seconds from 60 minutes and the athlete who crosses the finishing line when the clock hits zero seconds is deemed the winner. The Club had a number of members taking part and this is how they fared out: Maurice Boland was 3 mins 30 secs outside the time, Tony McCarthy was 3 mins 25 secs outside the time, Paula Dwan was 2 mins 15 secs outside the time, Jimmy Boland was 1 mins 53 secs outside the time and Colm Ryan was only 6 seconds off the time, great performances all round.


Eoin McGrath wins 4K


The Club’s New Year’s 4k Road Race Series got off to a cold but dry start tonight with 68 athletes competing. 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 Eoin McGrath in 15 mins 34 secs with Kenny Curran 2nd in 15 mins 42 secs and Bohus Jarabek 3rd in 15 mins 58 secs. The first three women were 1st Mary Duggan in 19 mins 37 secs, 2nd Sarah Twomey in 20 mins 52 secs and 3rd Alison Lonergan in 21 mins 35 secs. The race format was Lucky dip and the lucky winners, based on per selected finishing places were Francis Connolly, Patrick Hackett, Paul Shanahan, Aidan Barry, Tracey Gibson and Tess Kiely. The Club would also like to thank its many stewards who ensured the whole event was well organised.



Newcastle 5k Road Race 22nd January at 12 noon

The first Open Road Race in the County for 2017 takes place in Newcastle on Sunday 18th January at 12 noon. Entries will be taken at the Community Hall in the Village from 10.30am onwards. The Race will start outside the GAA Complex and the race will finish outside the School. All Proceeds goes to Newcastle National School. Last year’s race attracted a brilliant entry of 249 athletes. Danny Smith of Ballynonty AC was the winner in 16 mins 34 secs, 2nd was Jimmy Boland Clonmel AC in 17 mins 5 secs and 3rd was Colm Ryan Touraneena Runners in 17 mins 35 secs. The top three women were 1st Kealey Tideswell Clonmel AC in 19 mins 57 secs, 2nd Anne Marie Boland Clonmel AC in 20 mins 15 secs and 3rd Linda Grogan Dundrum AC in 20 mins 25 secs. This year’s prize list is as follows: 1st 3 Men, 1st 0/40, 0/45, 0/50 and 1st 3 Women, 1st 0/35, 1st 0/40 and 1st 0/45. There will also be a prize for the 1st local Man and Woman. The entry fee is 10 Euros and the event will be time managed by Premier Timing Systems. There will be Teas and Refreshments afterwards in the Community Hall. This event has an Athletics Ireland Race Permit and is promoted by Clonmel Athletic Club. For any further details please contact Nessa at 0877448362 or Niall at 0861660888.


Clonmel Athletic Club Notes 22nd January

Sean Tobin wins Mile event

The American Colleges Indoor Track and Field season is currently in full swing and it is great to report that Sean Tobin is running very well and has opened his 2017 season with another great performance. Last Saturday night University of Kentucky’s Rod McCravy Memorial competition, he ran a great race when winning the mile in 4 mins 1.18 secs, brilliant start to the season.


William Maunsell sets a New Course Record in Newcastle 5K

The Newcastle 5K took place today and for many athletes it was an ideal opportunity for them to get the year off to a good start. Conditions were dry, calm and cool, ideal for running and we saw some great performances. William Maunsell (Clonmel AC) set the early pace along with William Stephens (Coolquill AC) and Garth McGlinchey of Dundrum AC. William Maunsell maintained that strong pace and soon opened a lead on both William and Gareth and he kept that pace going all the way to the line to win very convincingly in 15 mins 22 secs and set a new Course Record, 59 seconds faster than what his brother Kevin set (16:21) in 2015. Then we had William Stephens running this event for the first time also getting inside the old record when finishing 2nd in 16 mins 18 secs, two very good performances. Then we had Gareth McGlinchey (Dundrum AC) 3rd in 16 mins 30 secs, great running. For the record 4th was Ian O Leary (Donore Harriers) in 18 mins 11 secs and he won the over 45 award, 5th was Patrick Cormack (Ballynonty AC) in 18 mins 46 secs and he won the over 40 award and 6th was Brian Looram (Clonmel AC) in 18 mins 59 secs. Cyril Fogarty (Clonmel AC) won the over 50 award in 19 mins 40 secs.

The Women’s race was also competitive with Aine Roche (Clonmel AC) getting the year off to a good start when winning in 19 mins 19 secs with Suzanne Shine (Clonmel AC) 2nd in 20 mins 20 secs and Tracy Culleton (Ballynonty AC) 3rd in 20 mins 23 secs. Siobhan McHugh (Clonmel AC) won the over 45 award when finishing in 21 mins 16 secs while Mary Duggan (Phoenix Gym)won the Women’s over 35 award in 23 mins 38 secs and Mary Pyke (Mooreabbey Milers) won the women’s over 40 award in 24 mins 5 secs.


Great Club performances in the Newcastle 5K

The Newcastle 5K took place in good conditions last Sunday and it was great to see the Club supporting this event. William Maunsell put in a brilliant performance when winning in a new Course record of 15 misn 22 secs, brilliant performance, well inside the old record set by his brother Kevin in 2015 of 16 mins 21 secs. It is great to see William running so well at present. We also had good performances from Brian Looram 6th in 18:59, Pat O Connor 8th in 19:11, James Denn 10th in 19:13, Aine Roche also ran well when winning the Women’s race in 19:19, Alan Carter 12th in 19:30, Mark Corcoran 13th in 19:39, Cyril Fogarty winning the over 50 award in 19:40, Donal Ryan 15th in 19:45, Neil Proven 19th in 20:11, Suzanne Shine was 2nd women in 20:20, Patrick Cleary 26th in 20:52, Kenny Brett 22nd in 20:54, Siobhan McHugh won the women’s over 45 award in 21:16, Emmet Prendergast 35th in 21:30, Sheila Perry 39th in 21:50, Eamon English 40th in 21:52, John Griffin 41st in 21:56, Maurice Boland 50th in 22:42, Ned O Brien 55th in 23:18, Vincent McHugh 56th in 23:19, Kieran Proven 58th in 23:30, Jimmy Lonergan 61st in 23:51, John Perry 78th in 26:07, Aisling Cooney 85th in 26:43, Eoin Morrissey 87th in 26:47, Myles McHugh 91st in 27:07, Lorraine Kennedy 94th in 27:19, Josephine Brett 95th in 27:26, Julie Tideswell 103rd in 28:02, Tracy Gibson 106th in 28:12, Trish Browne 108th in 28:43, Jacqui Walsh 119th in 30:06, Lena Griffin 122nd in 30:17, Helen Gillman 123rd in 30:24, Zoe Tierney 125th in 30:33, Johnny Casey126th in 30:41, Andrea Keenan 137th in 32:48, Majella Quinlivan 156th in 42:51 and the Horgan family in 43:19.


David Ryan wins 4K


The 2nd race of the Club’s New Year 4k series took place in very good weather conditions, very calm conditions, ideal for running and it was great to see 84 athletes taking part and they all finished well. 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 format was Lucky Dip and the winners were: Tyrone Power 10th in 16 mins 36 secs, Andrew Downey 23rd in 18 mins 45 secs, Eamon Barrett 30th in 18 mins 46 secs, Brian Bates 40th in 19 mins 47 secs, Jim O Donnell 60th in 22 mins 30 secs, Cathy Mansfield 70th in 23 mins 53 secs and Dee Kaar 82nd in 25 mins 34 secs. There is a good spread of Cahir athletes among the prizes tonight. Tonight’s race was won by David Ryan in 14 mins 46 secs, 2nd Brian Long in 15 mins 47 secs and 3rd Alan Carter 3rd in 15 mins 52 secs. The top 3 women were Grainne O Callaghan 1st in 16 mins 55 secs, 2nd Fran Mulcahy in 19 mins 36 secs and 3rd Denise Ryan in 20 mins 2 secs. The Club would like to thank our many stewards, especially the new people who have come on board and offered to steward, thus giving some of our more regular stewards a night off, very much appreciated.



South Tipp Physio 500K Team Challenge

This event covering 27 events in 2016 from 4k to 21ks was a brilliant success and great credit must go to all the team captains and their team members for achieving this Challenge spread over 2016. On this Saturday night in Hillview we will have our Achievers Party starting at 8pm with the Presentation of Awards to all our Achievers.


Club membership Fees

These fees are now due for 2017 and we can’t register you until these fees are paid. You can pay online for both Juveniles and Seniors at


Dan O Keeffe and the Art O Neill Ultra Challenge

The Art O Neill 54km Ultra Challenge took place last weekend and Dan O Keeffe undertook this test which had a 1am start in Dublin Castle and then headed into the Wicklow Mountains to Glenmalure.  The route was from Dublin Castle to Glenmalure Valley, a distance of 30km and then a further 23km over all sorts of terrain. Over 200 people headed off from Dublin Castle and Dan kept the pace going to finish 59th in 9 hours 56 mins 29 secs, great achievement.

Clonmel Senior Athletic Club Notes 29th January


Brian Long wins 4k Road Race

The 3rd race of the Clonmel AC 4k road race series took place tonight with athletes competing against gale force winds at times, thus making it a tough event. Still we had a good entry and competition was keen at times. The Club would like to thank the Brothers of Charity for the use of their car park as Race Headquarters and also the Civil Defence for covering First Aid. We would also like to thank our many stewards who ensured the whole event was well organised.

The race format tonight was Lucky Dip and the lucky winners were Paul Shanahan 6th in 16 mins 50 secs, Gino Lonergan 17th in 17 mins 59 secs, Maurice Boland 28th in 19 mins 3 secs, Denise Ryan 41st in 21 mins 16 secs and Paudie Everard 55th in 23 mins 27 secs.

Tonight’s race was won by Brian Long in 15 misn 46 secs, 2nd Ian Purcell 16 mins 10 secs and 3rd Peter Kiely 16 mins 20 secs. The top three women finishers were Caoimhe Bowles 31st in 19 mins 17 secs, Julie Tideswell 35th in 20 mins 10 secs and 3rd Sarah Twomey 20 mins 58 secs.

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.