Event Date - Sun 03/11//13
Venue - Thurles Crokes Complex
Time - 12:00
Nenagh Athletes do RELAY well!!!
Cross Country Relays:
Thurles Crokes Complex was the venue for the Tipperary Cross Country Relays and Masters Championships, with Nenagh athletes performing excellently in both events. Our juvenile relay teams were superb, collecting 3 golds, 2 silvers and a bronze from 6 races, including 1st and 2nd in the boys u10 race, while Pat grace and Mark Gleeson both won their age categories in the masters race.
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It was great to see so many of our own athletes in action and also great to see the large turnout from other clubs which lead to a competitive and fun event enjoyed by athletes and spectators alike. The weather conditions were very favourable and the venue was in great shape as usual. The story of our day is as follows.
Emma Mulcahy, Ellen O Shaughnessy, Hannah Grace and Pheobe Sage set the tone for the day as they battled through a field of 10 other teams to claim the bronze medal and all four girls can be really proud of their runs as ye were brilliant.
We have a great luxury with this group, as no matter how we picked two teams from the eight lads we knew they would produce the goods and so it proved once again as they came home first and second against some very strong teams. Jack O Callaghan, Oisin Pepper, Luke Purcell and James Sage narrowly pipped the team of Cian Hodgins, Tom Walsh, Zac Egan and Alex Reynolds and what a sight it was to see both teams battle for gold a long way ahead of their opposition. Well done lads.
Unfortunately the girls weren't amongst the medals on this occasion but they can't be faulted for their efforts. For several of them this was their first outing at such an event and they will have benefited from the experience. Abbey Sharkey, Aoibheann Slattery, Lucy Mulcahy and Ailbhe O'Neill, gave their all against some very good teams and a 5th place finish was a good result.
Once Josh Egan opened up a lead on the first leg, the result of this race was never in doubt, barring a tragedy, which thankfully didn't happen. Josh handed over to Ted Collins who extended the lead, as did Rory Grace on the third leg and it was left to Aaron Morgan to bring the baton home which he duly did for a very convincing win for the lads.
Like the boys previously, this race was won nearly from the start, as Lauren Moylan, who survived a scare at the first bend, then stormed into a lead that the team wouldn't relinquish. Alannah Deering ran a fine second leg and handed over to Sadbh O'Mahoney who kept the advantage after a very good run and Olivia Moylan powered home to complete a fine win.
As ever the mixed race provided excitement and entertainment and this happened right from the start as Ciardha Maher unfortunately lost her footing as the whistle went but she recovered well and handed the baton to Richard O'Donoghue who made up ground before handing over to Amy White who ran a stormer and left Cormac Dunne in a medal position on the last leg. Cormac had a fine run and brought the team home to a well deserved silver medal.
Thanks to all of our athletes who competed and to our supporters who cheer on all of our teams.
EVENT DATE - Sun 10/11//13
Venue - Castlelyons Co. Cork
Time - 11:30
Uploaded by Garrett Moylan, based on Nenagh Guardian notes by PRO Ray Deering
Munster Cross Country:
The Munster Uneven Age Cross Country Championships were held in Castlelyons Co Cork last Sunday and many Nenagh Olympic athletes did exceptionally well in their races.
With a total of 26 medals in their pockets on the way home between individual, club and county, you could say it was a great day for the club and it was but it could have been so much better but for some below par runs from a few of our athletes. The course was very testing for athletes and spectators alike. It wasn't helped by the rain that started to fall as soon as we arrived and continued all day, getting heavier all the time. Well done to all who braved the elements and this is how the day went.
What a great bunch of lads we have in this age group, they show no fear when they go out to race and so it was here again, as all five powered their way around the course to win the club team title which is a great achievement and not an easy thing to do. Our first athlete home was Cian Hodgins who finished in 6th place after a great effort which saw him come through the field late on with a powerful run to claim his individual medal. Just behind Cian was Tom Walsh in 7th who also had a storming finish and he continues to improve with each run. Cian and Tom also won bronze medals with the Tipperary team. Zac Egan put in a huge effort early in the race and unfortunately it took its toll near the finish, but he can be proud of his 25th place which helped the team to gold as did Filip Mc Intyre's run which saw him finish 27th with Jack O Callaghan just behind in 28th. Well done once again to all five lads.
Aoibheann Slattery finished 67th in a huge field of athletes over the 1500m distance and in doing so was the 5th Tipperary athlete home thus helping the team to a county bronze. This is Aoibheann's first Munster medal and well done to her.
We had three athletes representing us here and each of them had a fine races considering they were all a year out of age. Rory Grace was first home for us finishing in 28th place with Alex Reynolds in 37th and both lads were part of a Tipperary team that claimed bronze medals. Joseph O Donoghue was 57th, showing great determination throughout he should take heart from the facy that he had well over half the field behind him when he finished.
Alannah Deering had a disappointing race finishing in 23rd place over the 3500m distance and we await the time when she will put two good races back to back but hopefully it's coming.
Ciara Cummins had another solid run when finishing 6th in this race over 4000m. Ciara was to the fore throughout fading slightly as the pace increased over the testing ground but she held on to claim an individual medal. Aoife Deering was never in the race right from the start which was disappointing as her form had been good recently, she finished 16th.
A club team silver was a just return for the efforts of all of our five lads in this 5000m race. Killian Cullagh had his best performance of the Cross Country season so far finishing 4th in a high quality race. Making light of the underfoot conditions , Killian was in a group that was battling for second place as the leader was well gone but he stuck to his task and was rewarded with a fine finishing place from a confident run. Darren Dunne was next home for us in 10th spot, a good run considering his warm-up was a half mile run from the car-park down the main street of the village before arriving at the course and this was all done in his spikes, good man Darren!! Niall Mc Intyre had a much better race than of late, showing more drive in his running when finishing 15th. Richard O Donoghue moved up in age and put ''distractions'' out of his mind to produce a fine run for his 29th place finish thus cementing the club team silver for his teammates. Cormac Dunne who was suffering with sore skins throughout the race deserves great credit for finishing and in doing so ensured that Tipperary had six counting athletes andd they claimed the bronze medal. All five lads were part of the Tipp team and added to the club and individual medals this was a great haul for the lads.
Tom Hennessy produced our performance of the day when finishing 2nd in this race over 6000 grueling metres. Considering Tom is more noted for his 400 and 800m running and a fine high jumper, it just goes to show that athletes shouldn't be bracketed as one thing or another. If you put in the training and enjoy what your doing as well as fully committing yourself to a race, then you can achieve a great result like this. It was a pleasure to witness Tom's determination and never say die attitude as he fought all the way to the line in what was a super race. Well done Tom.
Event Date - Sun 27/10//13
Venue - Limerick Racecourse
Time - 11.30
Munster Cross Country Success for Nenagh Athletes!
The Munster Even Age Cross Country Championships were held at Limerick Racecourse last Sunday and a fine test of running it proved to be. A testing course was made even more difficult by a howling wind and some very heavy showers but Nenagh athletes, as they have in the past, made light of the conditions and secured a fine total of 17 medals, 6 individual and 10 medals won with Tipperary teams. Well done to all who competed for the club today, it was not easy, and no one said it would be easy, but ye all did very well.
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Emma Mulcahy ran a fine race once again and finished in 54th place in a field of 109 runners.
Confusion reigned at the start of this race with many of the athletes unable to hear the starter due to the wind and several were left when the gun went off including some of our own. Despite this there were some fine runs from the lads. Alex Reynolds was our first athlete home, when finishing strongly for 19th place with Tom McCutheon not far behind in 23rd, having made up a huge amount of ground on the field. Cian Hodgins, despite being a year out of age ran a super race to finish in 31st place and was the 6th Tipperary athlete home thus securing a team bronze along with Alex and Tom. Oisin Pepper was next home for us in 64th, with Tom Walsh (who fell in the race) recovering to finish in 67th and Luke Purcell, who was competing in his first Munsters in a very credible 70th place out of 110 runners.
Like her sister Emma, Lucy Mulcahy gave her all in this race and finished in 65th place. Both girls deserve great credit for running in these events, which they do with a great attitude and more often than not they do so without any team mates to fall back on, so well done girls and keep it up.
What a sight it was to see a Nenagh singlet out in front in a boys u12 race and the singlet belonged to Ted Collins, who made his intentions clear from the start as he took the race to his competitors. It was a brave effort and we commend his courage. Ted finished in 6th place which was a great result against a very good field of athletes and well done to him. Aaron Morgan, who would quickly confirm that he isn't a fan of cross country, ran a fine race for a 28th place finish and along with Ted was on the Tipperary team that won bronze medals. Josh Egan had another fine run in an event that's new to him and can be proud of his 39th place finish while Rory Grace in 66th and Joseph O'Donoghue 115th will know that they will have more to offer in their own age group in a few weeks time.
Alannah Deering ran a superb race to finish in 6th place and now we hope will build on this confidence wise. Alannah was with the lead group throughout the race and at one stage was leading the race herself, then the pace upped even further and a fall near the finish saw her finish in 6th place but a fine run none the less.
A poor start from both of our runners in this race left them too much to do against a field of very good athletes. Richard O'Donoghue (29th) and Cormac Dunne (34th) unfortunately never got into the business end of this race which was a pity as both lads had been running very well of late but we know they will have better outings soon.
Ciara Cummins once again showed what a fine runner she is when finishing in 5th place in this high quality field. Despite being a year out of age, Ciara was up at the front from the start and ran strongly throughout for her finishing place. Aoife Deering, also out of age had another fine run when finishing 9th. Aoife showed great determination by picking off athletes one at a time throughout the race and with Ciara, helped Tipperary to team gold.
All three of our finishers in this race are u17 so it was a great to see them so well up at the end of the race and helping Tipperary to team bronze. Darren Dunne was in great form once again as he cruised across the sticky ground to claim the silver medal with his 2nd place finish. This was a fast race from the start and it never relented, but Darren was equal to the task and can be very proud of his run, as we are. Killian Cullagh was up with the early pace but despite losing touch midway through the race he fought hard and finished in an excellent 8th place, while Niall McIntyre ran a very solid race for his 23rd place finish.
Well done to all of our athletes and a special thanks to those who came to support them on such a miserable day.
Event Date - Sat 16/11/13
Venue - Athlone
Michael Quilligan and Paul White had great performances. Paul won bronze in the Senior section, performing well in all of his events. Unfortunately the Senior athletes don't travel to the Internationals but good stuff Paul.
Michael will once again don the Irish singlet having finished 4th in the Intermediate section and although slightly disappointed about not getting amongst the medals, he can be very proud of his achievement as are we.
Michael will now represent Ireland at the Schools Internationals in Glasgow on December 14th and we wish him well.
Lauren Moylan finished well inside the top 10 of the Junior girls section. The highlight of her day was a super run of 2.23 mins/secs in the 800m and Lauren will only get stronger in Multi Events as she fine tunes each event.
Event Date - 20/10/13
Venue - Powerstown Racecourse Clonmel
Time - 12:00
Uploaded by Garrett Moylan, based on Nenagh Guardian notes by PRO Ray Deering
Tipperary Cross Country:
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.
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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.
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