Venue - Powerstown Racecourse Clonmel
Time - 12:00
Uploaded by Garrett Moylan, based on Nenagh Guardian notes by PRO Ray Deering
Once again Nenagh Olympic athletes did very well winning 20 medals in total
16 individual (including four gold)
4 gold team medals.
The course was very demanding especially for the older age groups who had to tackle a long hill several times but most of our team managed it, seemingly at their ease.
It was good to see a few new faces competing for us for the first time and all of them put in an excellent performance. Once again our boys were there in numbers but many of our girls chose not to turn up (for reasons unknown) which was the only disappointment on the day as we could have collected a few more team medals if we had complete teams. There were some very good individual performances, with Alex Reynolds, Darren Dunne and Ciara Cummins all winning a second title in as many weeks and our boys u17 took all three individual medals, also there was a first and second for us in the girls u17 race. Well done to all involved.
We had several girls competing for the club for the first time in this race and in the u11 race and they all did really well. Hannah Grace was first home for the club, finishing in 16th place and she was followed in by Pheobe Sage in 24th and Emma Carolan 53rd.
All of our boys in this race performed brilliantly and have a team gold to show for it. Cian Hodgins had a super race, getting out well at the start, he was was well up throughout and finished strongly for his silver medal. Tom Walsh was next home for us with an excellent run to finish 4th and Jack O Callaghan was equally Impressive when finishing in 9th place. Zac Egan just missed out on an individual medal finishing 11th but brought the team to their gold medal while Filip Mc Intyre also ran a stormer to finish in 14th.
Aoibheann Slattery had a super race when finishing in 5th place over the 1500m course. For a girl so new to competition it was great to see her so well up the field. Ailbhe O Neill also had a great race which saw her finish in 15th place and well done to both girls.
Alex Reynolds once again showed great form as he strode to victory in this race which is a year out of age for him. Alex won the u10 race recently and employing the same tactics he hit the front early and was never headed. Jake Adler had his first race for a long time and showed he hadn't lost any of his form over cross country when finishing in 3rd place after a fine run. Rory Grace was next home for us in 8th place which was another great run. Joseph O Donoghue was just run of of the individual medals when finishing 11th but this placing resulted in team gold for the lads. Also competing in this race we had Tom Mc Cutheon who finished 16th and Jake Murphy in 36th place.
Lucy Mulcahy represented the club on her own here and finished in 14th place.
Ted Collins was our only representative in this race and ran really well to claim a bronze medal out of his age group.
Alannah Deering lost touch early on in this race and was never a danger to the leaders. She will be disappointed with her 3rd place finish.
Ciara Cummins doubled up on titles as she added the u17 gold to the u18 one she won a few weeks ago as she powered to victory here today. Aoife Deering had a much improved outing this time when finishing in 2nd place.
Darren Dunne was in fine form once again and controlled this race throughout to win a fine margin and add to his u18 title from a few weeks ago. Killian Cullagh also ran very well for his 2nd place finish with Niall Mc Intyre behind him in 3rd place. Richard O Donoghue showed a return to form with a fine 5th place finish, while Cormac Dunne finished 7th and it bodes well for the lads in the Munsters in a few weeks.
Tom Hennessy stamped his authority on this race right from the start and was never in danger of losing the lead as he strode to victory with a very comfortable winning margin. Paul White ran a very astute race and came home in 3rd place while Ross O Brien finished in 4th place just outside the medals but ensured that the team collected gold.
Schools Multi-Event Qualifiers:
Well done to Paul White, Liam Finn and Michael Quilligan who have qualified for the Irish Schools Multi-Event Championships which will be held in Athlone on Saturday November 16th. Paul won the senior boys event with Liam in 2nd place, while Michael was 2nd in the Intermediate section. Also on the day, Lauren Moylan finished 4th in the Junior girls section and Aoife Dunne was 4th in the first year section.