Venue - Moyne
Time - 12:00
Opening event of the 2013 cross country season:
The Cross Country season opened on Sunday sixth of October with the Tipperary Even Age Championships which were held in Moyne. The course was very open and therefore exposed to the stiff wind which prevailed, while the underfoot conditions, although dry, were very uneven. Despite this, our athletes performed very well and finished with a total of 15 individual medals, including five gold and five team medals which would have been added to if we had a couple more runners to complete various teams. In two races, the boys u12 and boys u18, we managed to fill all three medal winning places.
Many thanks to all the parents who travelled and cheered on all of our athletes. The story of the day as follows.
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Racing over 800m we had three girls competing here. Emma Mulcahy was first home for us finishing in 10th place and winning a medal, which was a fine run. Next home for us was Hannah Grace in 13th and Pheobe Sage in 15th.
Our boys in this age group excelled and we're blessed to have so many fine runners to call on, with some of them still u9 which bodes well for their later racing.
Alex Reynolds continued his fine form of late, having won his schools race during the week, to power to victory in great style, leading almost from start to finish. Tom McCutheon was next home for us finishing in 4th place, with Oisin Pepper in 5th and Cian Hodgins in 7th after great runs by all three lads which saw them take team gold by a comfortable margin. Our next four lads combined to finish in 6th place in the team standings with Luke Purcell, running his first race for the club, finishing in 11th place, Jack O'Callaghan in 16th, James Sage 26th and Ben Connolly in 33rd. Well done lads.
Our girls team finished 4th here with Lucy Mulcahy in 12th and then we had two debutantes for the club, firstly Aoibheann Slattery finished 16th with Abby Sharkey just behind in 16th and Denise Cullagh was 41st.
Once again the boys shone in this race, picking up all three individual medals as well as team gold and all fully deserved. Ted Collins had a super run over the 2000m course where he was a the front of the race from the start and stretched out the field to come away a very convincing winner as he was at the schools recently. Aaron Morgan also had a super race and added to his recent schools gold medal with a silver here when holding of the fast finishing Josh Egan, who race a very clever race to come through for his bronze. Rory Grace was a superb 9th place and was the 4th member home of the gold medal winning team. Joseph O'Donoghue continues to improve and can be happy with his run which saw him finish 15th, while Anthony Dunne was 22nd and Jake Murphy finished 34th.
Alannah Deering ran a very controlled race when winning gold over a 3000m distance. Sitting in the group from the start, she made her way to the front with 800m to go and strode away to victory. Lauren Moylan deserved huge credit for her run, despite hearing late on that due to several dropouts, there wouldn't be a club team, she showed up and finished in a very credible 7th place for an All Ireland 200m medal winner.
Cormac Dunne had a superb race when finishing 3rd against some very fine athletes. This was just reward for Cormac as he has put in a great effort in training over the last few months and well done to him. Richard O'Donoghue was a little below his usual high standards but a 5th place is nothing to be ashamed of and we have no doubt that he'll be back flying very soon. Oisin Fahy put behind him some nerves due to the fact that this was his first ever competitive race of any kind to finish in 14th place and guide the team to a silver medal.
Ciara Cummins was in commanding form as she took this race by the scruff after 2000m of the 4000m and never relinquished the lead for a fine victory. Aoife Deering was also a little off form when finishing 5th but we hope there's better runs to come from her later on, while Orlagh Deering was competing in her first race for two years and her 9th place finish secured the team gold for the girls.
Nenagh athletes were again the dominant force in this race, claiming all three individual medals and team gold. After 2000m of the 5000m distance, it had become a three horse race with Darren Dunne, Killian Cullagh and Niall Mc'Intyre all vying for victory. Darren and Killian pulled a way from Niall and a great battle ensued before Darren gained the upper hand close to home and secured the win with Killian just behind and Niall in 3rd spot. Well done to all three lads on a superb race.