05 Oct 2022

Brilliant performances by County Athletes at Munster Cross Country Championships

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Brilliant performances by County Athletes at Munster Cross Country Championships

L/R: Paul Minogue and Evan Fitzgerald, Clonmel AC, Mossie Bracken, Moycarkey Coolcroo, John Fitzgibbon Thurles Crokes, Kevin Moore, Dundrum, and David Sheahan, Nenagh Olympic

The Munster Junior and Senior Cross-Country Championships took place last Sunday at the Turnpike. Once again, the Moycarkey Coolcroo Club promoted a very successful programme of events for the 3rd week in a row and they are to be complimented on such a well organised set up.

In the Junior women’s race the County was to the fore early on with Niamh Cunneen of Nenagh Olympic and Muireann Duffy of Clonmel leading the County charge. They both put in two very good performances when finishing 3rd and 4th respectively, brilliant.

Then we had Ellen Cunneen of Nenagh Olympic finishing 8th with Kate Ferncombe of Dundrum finishing 13th. These four athletes combined very well when winning the Inter County Silver medals. Other athletes that put in great performances included Orla Ryan of Dundrum 21st, Ellen Bolger of Carrick on Suir 23rd, Ruby Carroll of Clonmel 30th and Celine Durand of Clonmel 32nd.

In the Junior men’s race it was great to see County athletes up front and running so well. None more so than Luke Purcell of Nenagh Olympic who put in a brilliant performance when winning the silver medal. We also had good performances from James Tanner (Nenagh Olympic) 10th, Cian Hodgins (Nenagh Olympic) 12th, Conor Flaherty (Clonmel) 24th, Tom Walshe (Nenagh Olympic) 34th, Peter Tyrell (Carrick on Suir) 40th and William Tyrel (Carrick on Suir) 41st. The combined efforts of Luke, James, Cian, Conor, Tom and Peter combined well to win the Inter County bronze medals while the Nenagh Olympic foursome won the Inter Club bronze medals.

In the Senior Women’s race, County athletes were to the fore early on in the race over 3 laps with Ciara O Neill (Clonmel) and Dymphna Ryan (Dundrum) going with the early pace. Then midway through the race the leading group was down to three with Ciara O Neill of Clonmel mixing it very well with two international athletes Aoife Cooke of Eagle AC and Shona Heaslip of Riocht. Indeed, Ciara ran a fantastic race and was always in contention. Then over the closing stages she found renewed energy and put in a storming finish to win the silver medal and a fantastic reward for her brilliant effort and she announced herself on the Athletic scene, brilliant running.

Then we had Dymphna Ryan also running brilliantly when finishing 4th. Siobhan Doherty (Borrisokane) showed that she has lost none of her talent when producing a brilliant effort when finishing 8th after a lengthy break form the sport for the past 15 months.

Then we had Caroline Goddard of Clonmel also running a brilliant race when finishing 18th with Louise Fogarty of Moyne hot on her heels in 20th place. We also had great running from Suzanne Shine (Clonmel) finishing 22nd, Sharon Cantwell (Moyne) 24th, Carmel Fitzgibbon (Thurles Crokes) 27th, Lisa Quinlan (Moyne) 28th, Sareen Walsh (Clonmel) 29th, Aisling Maher (Moyne) 30th, Jennifer Quinlan (Clonmel) 32nd, Brid Hearne (Clonmel) 34th and Marina Quinlan (Clonmel0 35th. The County team of Ciara, Dymphna, Siobhan and Caroline won the Inter County Silver medals. The Clonmel foursome of Ciara, Caroline, Suzanne and Sareen combined very well to win the Inter Club bronze medals, a first at this level for quite some time.

The final race of the day was the Senior men’s 10k over 5 laps. Here we again had County athletes to the fore early on in the race. Then as the race unfolded, Evan Fitzgerald of Clonmel running a brilliant race came through strongly over the 2nd half of the race to finish a brilliant 5th overall. Then we had Kevin Moore of Dundrum also running very well when finishing 15th.

We also had good performances, in trying conditions as the ground was heavy at this stage after three weeks of races on it, from John Fitzgibbon (Thurles Crokes) 22nd, Paul Minogue (Clonmel) 27th, Mossie Bracken (Moycarkey Coolcroo) 28th and David Sheahan (Nenagh Olympic) 30th. This group combined very well to win the Inter County bronze medals.

Other athletes that ran well included Martin Keane (Dundrum) 35th, Dermot Hayes (Dundrum) 38th, Paddy Cummins (Moycarkey Coolcroo) 39th, Ruaidhri Devitt (Dundrum) 43rd, Paddy Bowden (Moycarkey Coolcroo) 44th, Willie O Donoghue (Mooreabbey Milers) 45th, Eugene O Keeffe (Carrick on Suir) 46th, John Fogarty (Moycarkey Coolcroo) 47th, Rob Hogan (Dundrum) 48th, Bernard Feery (Clonmel) 49th and Jim Halley (Dundrum) 50th. 

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