Venue - Newmarket-On-Fergus, Clare
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More Munster Success!
It was yet another successful day for Nenagh athletes at a Munster Cross Country event where team and individual medals were won. Our boys u11 team won a fantastic club team title and we had four individual medal winners plus several athletes who featured on successful Tipperary teams.
The venue for this event, the Munster Uneven Age Championships, was Newmarket on Fergus and although underfoot conditions were good the course itself proved to be a very tough one, including an incline that was about 800m long - this had to be negotiated several times in the older age races. All things considered our athletes can be proud of their achievements on the day and many of them have now qualified for the All Irelands in Santry on Sunday December the 7th, we congratulate all of them.
First in action was Christine Percy in the girls u9 race over 750m. Christsine finished 49th out of over 80 runners which was a fine run in a race that was fast and furious from start to finish.
Ben Walsh was next up in the boys u9 race where despite being impeded when an athlete fell in front of him, Ben made his way through the field and finished 33rd out of 88 starters. Ben was Tipperary's 5th athlete home and he helped the county to a team bronze.
Our boys u11 team exceeded all expectations by winning the club team title but I suppose we should never have doubted this great bunch of athletes. Over a tough 1500m course, which is the furthest that most of them would have raced, all five lads produced fine performances. Despite being out of age, Tom Walsh had his best cross country run so far by finishing in 14th place and he was followed home by Alex Reynolds (17th) and Cian Hodgins (19th). Both Cian and Alex showed great determination as they made their way through a packed field of 126 athletes. Luke Purcell was our 4th athlete home finishing in a very respectable 36th place thus ensuring gold for the team and Eoin Moloney completed the quintet finishing in 51st place despite suffering a foot injury during the race. Well done lads.
In the boys u13 Ted Collins went into the lead from the start of this 2500m race and looked full of running. Unfortunately he would pay for his early exertions as the field closed in and Ted finished in 15th place which is still a fine performance against a quality group of athletes. In the same race, Josh Egan ran a very well paced race and finished in 28th place. Both lads were part of the Tipperary team that won bronze.
Alannah Deering was another of our athletes to show the determination needed to perform well at cross country when despite suffering from breathing difficulties during the race, she dug deep over the final 1k of this 3500m race to finish 7th and will hopefully have gained confidence from this outing.
Fiona Molloy continues to improve and really impressed with her 11th place finish in the u17 race where she was a year out of age but that didn't faze her as her performance showed.
Richard O Donoghue had his best performance for several years when finishing 9th in the boys u17 race over a gruelling 5000m. Up at the front from the start (thanks Maxwell House), Richie fought hard throughout and when the going got tough he found something over the final 500m to secure his finishing spot. Great to see him back on form.
Ciara Cummins was our final athlete in action when competing in the girls u19 race over 4000m and she put in a very solid performance to finish in 4th place. With the leaders from the start Ciara fought well as the field fragmented and held her position with a strong finishing surge which also helped Tipperary to a team silver.
So, a very satisfying day for all involved and we await the All Irelands with interest!
Nenagh u9 and u11 athletes at the Munster Cross Country in Newmarket on Fergus, Our boys u11 won club team gold, Ben Walsh (u9) Eoin Moloney, Alex Reynolds, Luke Purcell, Cian hodgins and Tom Walsh
Nenagh Olympic athletes Alannah Deering and Fiona Molloy pictured with their coach Sean Finn at the Munster Cross Country Championships in Newmarket on Fergus.