Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tipperary...Results of the Clonmel Half-Marathon - Sun 17th Aug 2014

A record 547 runners took part in this years Boston Scientific Clonmel Half-Marathon, up from the 503 of last year.

1 Philip Harty West Waterford AC SM     01:10:14 1st Man
2 Tim O'Donoghue East Cork AC SM     01:11:49 2nd Man
3 David Mansfield Clonmel AC SM     01:12:07 3rd Man
18 Emma Murphy St.Finbarrs AC SF     01:21:27 1st Lady
39 Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes AC SF     01:24:32 2nd Lady
52 Angela McCann Clonmel AC F40     01:26:19 3rd Lady

The full results can be seen HERE

1) Clonmel AC have a number of galleries on their Facebook page...
a) 25 from the start line.
b) 144 from the 6 mile mark
c) 74 from the finish

Race report from Clonmel AC......Boston Scientific Half Marathon race report
Philip Harty wins Boston Scientific Half Marathon convincingly
The 5th running of the Boston Scientific Half marathon took place last Sunday in very good conditions with the race attracting a record of 547 finishers. Right from the start a small group dictated the pace that included Raivis Zakis (West Waterford), the defending winner Colin Merritt (Cork), David Ryan (Clonmel) and the eventual winner Philip Harty (West Waterford). This group were still together at 3 miles and then on the run to the 6 mile mark Philip Harty increased the pace and soon put daylight between himself and the rest of the field with a great display of front running. Philip maintained this pace all the way along the Wood road and all the way down the Bypass he was full of running to come home a very convincing winner in 70 mins 14 secs, a brilliant performance and just two secs off the course record set by David McCarthy in 2012 of 70 mins 12 secs. He becomes the 3rd West Waterford athlete to win this event in the past 5 years. 

In the Master categories the winners were: 1st over 40 Colin Merritt (Cork) in 72:21 with David Ryan (Clonmel) 2nd in 76:43. Ken Devine (St Finbarr’s) was 1st 0/45 in 79:26 with Anthony O Brien (Leamlara) 2nd in 80:36. Bernard Feery (Fethard) was 1st over 50 in 86:37 with Liam Kavanagh (West Waterford) 2nd in 90:51. Tommy Halpin (Ballynonty) was 1st over 55 in 85:15 with Larry Kennedy (Waterford A C) 2nd in 91:16. 

In the Ladies race we also had a very competitive event with Emma Murphy (St Finbarr’s) running very well to win in 81 mins 25 secs when 18th overall. Madeline Loughnane (Thurles Crokes) also ran very well when 2nd woman in 84 mins 29 secs. Then we had our own Angela McCann running another great race when 3rd woman in 86:16. Teresa Aga (St Abban’s) also ran very well when 4th woman in 88:27 with Sally Forrestal 5th woman in 88:34. 

The 1st woman over 35 was Sharon Woods (Mallow) in 93:30 with Suzanne Shine Clonmel 2nd in 96:56.The 1st woman over 40 was Gillian Cotter (Cork) with Siobhain McHugh (Clonmel) 2nd in 91:39. The 1st Woman over 45 was Jacinta Brazil (Waterford A C) in 95:06 with Martina Ryan (Thurles Crokes) 2nd in 96:14.The 1st woman over 50 was Mary Mulcahy (St Finbarr’s) with 2nd in 109:02 with Anne Dwyer (Limerick) 111:52. 

This year’s event proved our most successful venture ever with over 540 athletes participating and it was great to see so many finishing in good spirits and many well able to put in a final surge up the finishing straight. Organising such a massive event entailed a lot of hard work and the Club is indebted to everyone who helped in any way to make this event such a success. We received brilliant assistance from both the Gardai and the Civil Defence who along with our 100 stewards ensured that the whole event was well managed. Thanks to everyone who helped especially all our Ladies who made sure that there was plenty of Post race refreshments for everyone and well down to all our catering Staff who ensured everyone were well catered for. The Club would also like to thank our main sponsors, Boston Scientific for all their help and assistance. Also thanks to our other sponsors like Glanbia, Powerade, River Rock, Stable Diet, Tipperary Spring Water, Barlo Motors and the Borough Council. 

The Club is also indebted to the LIT Campus Clonmel for the use of their fabulous facilities for our Race Headquarters and to Terence Feenan who gave us such great help and assistance. We would also like to thank Clonmel Og for the Toilet and Showers facilities which were very much appreciated by everyone and to Maher Plant Hire for the use of the generator at such short notice. Our sincere thanks to Fran Mulcahy and her colleagues at South Tipperary Physio Clinic they were busy after the race and we thank them for their assistance. The Club is also indebted to Clonmel Waste who gave us tremendous help and assistance in clearing up all the Recycling rubbish after such an event.


Anonymous said...

No club attached to many results even though club details provided. Great race other than that. Will be back. Massive thanks to 2 hour pacers Miriam and Annette - they were brilliant. Great support along route and lovely scenery. A credit to all. From Cork and put up with all the Up Tipp along the way!!

Anonymous said...

Very well organised. The drama of 2010 is well behind them now.It's a tough course especially miles 1-3 and miles 10-11. The downhill miles from 11 to 13.1 really take it out of ones legs. I pre-entered at the 25 quid range so was happy with chip timing spread of food and the t shirt. Goody bags were poor again, why bother? Also some of the stewarding on the roads was non existent.A good race and a good way to get the legs moving for the Autumn.

Anonymous said...

A very good race, well organised, the first 3 miles were a tough start to a half marathon, and the miles coming out of clonmel took my all to get up in a reasonable time, i was looking forward to the so called downhill run to the finish. i still havent found it, was more flat than downhill. was happy with my time, ansd was great getting a carton of milk on the finishing line and a nice goody bag, no medal though..not that it bothered me..did i miss out or was their no medals?.
great race and good vlaue too. Well organised,