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.
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.