Sunday next sees the 2014 County Tipperary Road Championship season get underway with the staging of the Road relays at a new venue, Clonoulty GAA Complex and these Championship races are been hosted by Dundrum Athletic Club.
This new circuit is 5 miles from Dundrum on the Dundrum Thurles Road with the Ladies race getting underway at the earlier time of 12.30pm and followed immediately by the Men’s race.
The directions to Clonoulty is for people to go right at the junction in Dundrum village and pass through the village of Ballagh and the venue is on the Thurles side of Clonoulty.
Both races have the same distances of 800m, 1500m, 800m and 3000m. Juniors can run the 800m and 1500m legs and there can only be two Juniors on each team. Junior athlete is an athlete who is over 16 and under 20 on the 31st December 2014.
In last year ladies race we had a brilliant entry with 6 teams representing 3 Clubs and the winning team was Clonmel with Thurles Crokes 2nd and Moyne 3rd. We also had a B Section, where the 2nd and 3rd teams of each Club can participate in. Here the winners were Clonmel B with Moyne B winning the Silver and Moyne C winning the Bronze medals.
Hopefully the above mentioned Clubs will once again come out in force and compete while we might also see teams from Dundrum, Carrick on Suir, Moore Abbey Milers, Fethard, Templemore, Nenagh Olympic and new Club Cappawhite. The Road relays are a great way of getting athletes out to compete in a Championship race as everyone is on a team and there can be great camaraderie among the team members.
In the Men’s race hopefully all the above mentioned Clubs plus Coolquill and Ballynonty will make a big effort and get as many teams as possible to compete as this is an ideal opportunity for athletes to fine tune their training for the County Novice Road Championships which takes place in Moyne at 12 noon on Sunday 9th February. In last year’s race we had 9 teams representing 4 Clubs with Clonmel 1st, Dundrum 2nd and Thurles Crokes 3rd.
The Annual General Meeting of the County Board took place in the Moyne Athletic Club Complex with a large attendance from all the clubs represented. Chairman Billy Purcell thanked the Clubs for supporting all our Championships both Juvenile and Senior in record numbers during the year. He also thanked all the Clubs that promoted County Championships during 2013 and the many Land owners for the use of their fine facilities for our Cross Country Championships. He also said that it was great to see a new Club, Cappawhite, getting established in 2014 and he wished them the best of luck and that the County Board would be at their disposal in helping them to establish a Club in Cappawhite.
He also thanked Aisling Hoey for her great service to the County Board as Juvenile PRO and was delighted to see her staying on as I.T. Manager.
All the reports presented at the AGM documented the many achievements by the County athletes during the year. The Treasurer, Mary Costello, gave a very detailed account of the Board’s finances in her first report to the Meeting.