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26 Jun 2022

Ryan and Fitzgerald best for Tipperary at national novices cross country

Ryan and Fitzgerald best for Tipperary at national novices cross country

Back: - Kealey Tideswell , Suzanne Shine , Sharon Cantwell, Marina Quinlan, Jennifer Quinlan, Sareen Walsh and Evelyn Maher. Front row: - Dymphna Ryan, Aisling Maher, Lisa Quinlan and Louise Fogarty.

Gowran Racecourse in county Kilkenny was the venue last Sunday for the National Novice Cross Country Championships, which were held in ideal conditions with firm footing the order of the day.
Tipperary was well represented in the women’s race while in the men’s race, we hadn’t a team, which is a great pity as the majority of the County athletes are eligible for this event which was very well supported and large entries were the order of the day.

WOMEN’S RACE
In the women’s race we had a brilliant performance by Dymphna Ryan of Dundrum. Dymphna used all her experience and went out strong as the pace at the front was very fast from the start. Then as the race unfolded, Dymphna began to make great progress and going out on the final lap she was improving. She put in a great effort over the final km and kept that strong effort going on the downhill stretch to finish a very creditable 6th, fantastic performance.
Then we had Louise Fogarty of Moyne also running a well-judged race when finishing strongly in 27th place.
The next county athlete to come into view was Kealey Tideswell of Clonmel and she too should be very pleased with her performance when finishing 31st.
Evelyn Maher of Templemore was our next County athlete, and she too ran very well when finishing 55th.
These four athletes combined very well when finishing fifth county team.
Other athletes who ran well included Suzanne Shine (Clonmel) 89th, Sharon Cantwell (Moyne) 96th, Lisa Quinlan (Moyne) 99th, Aisling Maher (Moyne) 117th, Sareen Walsh (Clonmel) 126th, Jennifer Quinlan (Clonmel) 136th and Marine Quinlan (Clonmel) 140th.
In the Inter Club competition Moyne were 10th while Clonmel were 13th which is great result for both clubs as there were 51 clubs in total competing in this event.


MEN’S RACE
The last race of the day was the Novice men 6k.
Here we saw a brilliant performance from Evan Fitzgerald (Clonmel) who worked his way through the field to finish like a train in 6th place. We also saw good performances from Patrick Roche (Carrick on Suir) 118th and Michael McNamara (Clonmel) 205th.

County U23 and Masters O35 Cross Country
The Thurles Croke complex is the venue on December 19th for the County Under 23 and Masters over 25 Cross Country Championships. These Championships will being the curtain down on what has been a very successful Cross Country season at County level.
The women’s under 23, Master women over 35 and upwards along with the men over 65 4k race will get proceedings underway at 11am. Then immediately after that race the Under 23 and Master men over 35 and upwards will compete over 7k.
More details next week.

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