Friday, April 25, 2014

Tipperary...Results of the Clonmel 6k road race - Wed 23rd Apr 2014

The was the final race of the Clonmel 6k series and 270 runners took part, a jump of 8% on last years figure of 249 for the last race.

Report from Clonmel AC...... The Morrison BMW Cahir sponsored 6K road race series finished on a high last Wednesday night when 270 athletes competed in the 5th race of the series, the Lucky Dip format. Conditions were ideal with many athletes running PBs for the distance, a great way to end the series. Athletes running faster on the final night is always a sign of progress. In this race athletes were able to wear their watches. Maybe that was the reason for the fast times?

The athletes who won prizes on the night were Nigel O Flaherty, Aine Roche, Barry Horgan, Michael Freaney, Eamon Murphy, Emma Durand, Anna Byrne, Brendan Coffey, Aline Neumerzhitskaya, Yvonne O Connor, Kevin O Meara, Anne Marie Ryan, David O Mahoney, Daniel Costello, Anne Marie O Byrne and Karen Pollard. We would like to thank Lifestyles and Phoenix B for sponsoring some of these prizes.

This year's series was our best ever since we started this series of races back in 1982. The purpose of starting this series is as relevant today as it was back then. That aim was to introduce adults to running. At that time we had a very strong Juvenile element in the club while the Senior side of the Club was struggling for numbers. It's great to see the progress that this series has made over the past few years. In 2009, we had 187 athletes that competed in at least one race of the series while in 2014, we had 417 athletes who competed in at least one race. This showed that there was very little fall off each night. That can be seen in the very high number of teams who got a squad out each night and we had very few incomplete teams out of the 80 teams that competed in the team event.

The breakdown this year of entries was..........266 (practise run), 354 (1st race), 350 (2nd race), 325 (3rd race) and 270 (4th race) for the five events. This year the gender break down was 237 Men and 180 Women (43.2%). In 2009 we had 143 Men and 44 Women (23.5%) competing.

The presentation of prizes took place in the Post House and the club would like to thank Donal Daly and his staff for all their help in making the night a great occasion..for providing the Post Race refreshments and the Live Music. The club chairman, Frank Lynch also thanked our Sponsors, Morrison BMW Cahir for all their support. He also thanked the Gardai and the Civil Defence and the many club stewards that ensured the whole series of races went off smoothly. Gary Morrison of behalf of the Sponsors praised the Club for promoting a very successful series of races and they were delighted to be associated with this event and it was great to see it going from strength to strength.

The next race on the Club's calendar is the RUN4Fun in Cahir on Wednesday 30th April at 7.30pm and this event is also being sponsored by Morrison BMW Cahir for a very worthy cause Make a Wish Foundation. Entries will be taken at the Morrison BMW premises from 6 o clock onwards.

1    Declan Curley    Boston Scientific A    21:02
2    John Fitzgibbon    Fitzgibbons Engineering    21:12
3    Brian Long    Boston Scientific C    21:39
6    Claire Annan    Formula 5    22:04
23    Carmel Fitzgibbon    South Tipperary Physiotherapists    23:19
35    Aine Roche    Clonmel Park Leisure Centre    23:58

The full results can be seen HERE

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