Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Tipperary...Results of the 'John Joe Barry' 5 km road race - Fri 1st May 2009

This race took place on a fine evening in South-East Tipperary on Friday, the 1st of May. the following race report was provided by Donal O'Donoughue......

The "John Joe Barry 5k" was held in The Commons, a village in the Slieveardagh area of Co. Tipperary. http://www.ballingarry.net/pages/Area-Map.html
108 runners turned out - 4 more than last year. This was an excellent evening - quite a contrast to the damp conditions experienced at the 'Pfizers 6' in Ringaskiddy in Cork on Wednesday.
Registration and the start line were at the cross roads in the village.
Runners set off downhill, past the Primary School, and the GAA grounds, heading south in the direction of Ballingarry. The road rises and falls in several places, but is reasonably straight ahead. At 2.5km from the start, one loops around a traffic cone, and head back along the same route.This is interesting like the recent Redbarn "Stride by the Tide", where the slower runners get to see the race leaders charge back to the finish. The immediate approach to the U-turn was uphill, and the returning runners were going downhill, and appearing to go very fast indeed. The first two appeared exceptionally fast.
The finish line was at the crossroads. As stated earlier, the start was downhill, so the finish just had to be uphill :-( .........and it looked far steeper on the return journey! The evening was still quite bright as the runners came home.
There was a Traffic Marshall at each of the few road junctions.Whilst the roads may not have been officially closed, it was a quiet setting, at a quiet time of day, with no traffic worries. Each km mark was marked with an orange sign. Basically 1k and 4k, and subsequently 2k and 3k were at the same point.
A classroom was made available in the local Primary School, where Refreshments were provided, thanks to the local community. There were many prize categories, followed by several spot prizes.
The first man home was Sandis Bralitis of West Waterford AC (winner in Butlerstown 10k the previous Friday)The first lady was Siobhain O'Doherty, Borrisokane (winner in the recent "Marine Climb 6", Dungarvan)
Results Summary :-

1 Sandis Bralitis, West Waterford 15.27
2 Shane Mullaney, Thurles Crokes 15.42
3 Rory McDonnell, Dunboyne 15.56
4 Kenny Curran, Ballynonty 16.41
8 Pakie Heffernan, Fethard 17.14 1st O/45
9 Brendan Delaney, Coolquill 17.17 1st O/40
12 Niall O'Ceallaigh, Clonmel 17.42 2nd O/40
13 Joe Gough, West Waterford 17.47 1st O/55
19 Matt Alexander, Coolquill 18.31 2nd O/55
22 Joe Whelan, Clonmel 18.47 2nd O/45
26 John Moore, Dundrum 18.55 1st O/50
35 Liam Marshall, Dundrum 19.42 1st Junior
36 Ned O'Brien, Clonmel 19.44 2nd O/50
62 Michael Dundon, Thurles Crokes 21.34 1st O/60
67 Willie O'Gorman, St Catherines 22.12 2nd O/60
10 Siobhan O'Doherty, Borrisokane 17.22 1st
14 Madeline Dorney, Thurles Crokes 17.52 2nd
21 Angela McCann, Clonmel 18.39 3rd
31 Aine Roche, Clonmel 19.07 4th
39 Diane Behan, West Waterford 19.55 1st O/35
41 Denise Compton, Dundrum 20.00 1st O/40
52 Nora Kennedy, Thurles Crokes 20.49 2nd O/40
66 Brigid Coffey, West Waterford 22.00 2nd O/35
73 Ann Power, Carrick on Suir 22.38 1st O/45
84 Margaret Power, Carrick on Suir 23.16 1st O/50
92 Marion Hughes, Thurles Crokes 24.05 2nd O/50

I ran with a Garmin watch, and I've created a MapMyRun entry. http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/ie/thecommons/623124122790516125
Whilst this race was a long way from home, it was still an excellent event.

This was Race #1 of 4 in the Tipp Challenge taking place in May this year.The next is the Bulmers 10km Road Race, Sun 10th @14:00 in Clonmel. (See link under "Flyers" on right hand side)

Donal O'Donoghue, Little Island, Cork

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