Thursday, December 31, 2015

Tipperary...Results of the Clonmel 4 mile road race - Sat 26th Dec 2015

Despite the wet weather, an impressive 414 runners turned out for the annual 4 mile road race in Clonmel on St.Stephen's Day.

1    MAHER BRIAN        19:03    KCH    SM
2    MAUNSELL KEVIN        19:04    CLONMEL A C     SM
17    ODOHERTY SIOBHAN        22:14    BORRISOKANE    SW
35    ANNAN CLAIRE        23:31    CLONMEL A C    SW
50    FORRISAL SALLY        24:32    ST JOSEPHS    SW

The full results can be seen HERE

Photos from Paul Condon Photography HERE

Report from Clonmel AC.......
Brian Maher wins Classic MSD Be Well 4 mile race
The MSD Be Well 4 mile Classic took place on St Stephen’s Day in good running conditions, mild, no wind and light rain to keep the body cool throughout the route. The route had to be changed due to a funeral.  There was a fantastic entry of 414 athletes and spectators were treated to some great performances. 

Right from the start a group of three made their intentions known and they were Kevin Maunsell of Clonmel AC, Sergio Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers AC, previous winner of this race in 2009 (19:10) and 2012 (19:17) and the eventual winner Brian Maher of Kilkenny City Harriers AC who also won this race in 2004 (19:31), 2006 (18:54) and 2007 (19:04), a talented group. Kevin set the pace after Silversprings Roundabout with the other two athletes in his slip stream. They stayed this way stride for stride all the way around the route and just after Hotel Minella with approx 400m to go Sergio was leading going into the final bend with the other two athletes in hot pursuit and each athlete giving it everything as they were hopping off the ground. In the final surge for the line Brian edged clear with Kevin 2nd and Sergio 3rd, brilliant performances and a fantastic spectacle to watch especially over the final 200m as they came over the crest of the final hill and brilliant to see three talented athletes giving it everything in the pursuit of victory. For the record Brian Maher won in 19 mins 3 secs with Kevin Maunsell 2nd in 19 mins 4 secs and Sergio Ciobanu 3rd in 19 mins 7 secs, brilliant performances all round. 

Then we had Patrick Lynch (KCK) winning the Junior Men’s race with a brilliant run when 4th overall in 19 mins 52 secs, a talent to keep an eye on. Brian McMahon (Clonliffe Harriers) was 4th Senior man in 20:12 while James Ledingham (West Waterford) was 5th Senior man in 20:19. The Maters Men awards were won by the following athletes:
1st 0/40 Nigel O Flaherty (Clonmel AC) 22:08, 2nd 0/40 Brian Long (Clonmel AC) 22:57, 1st 0/45 William O Dwyer (Dundrum AC) 22:17, 2nd 0/45 Dermot Hayes (Dundrum AC) 23:02, 1st 0/50 Tom Blackburn (Mooreabbey Milers AC) 22:18, 2nd 0/50 Denis Kelleher (Leevale AC) 24:09, Tommy Moloney (Thurles Crokes AC) who won the first running of this event in 1988 in 19 mins 16 secs showed he can still mix it with the best when winning the over 55 award in 25:14, 1st 0/60 Tommy Cahill (Clonmel AC) 26:18, 1st 0/65 Eamonn Crowley (Clonmel AC) 32:33, 1st 0/70 Myles McHugh (Clonmel AC) 34:09 and Zach Anderson (Clonmel) was 2nd Junior in 23:05. 

Competition was also very good in the Women’s race and here we had Siobhan O Doherty (Borrioskane AC) running a brilliant race when winning in 22 mins 14 secs and Siobhan has been a great supporter of this race over the years as she won it on a number of occasions like in 2006 (23 mins), 2008(22:56), 2011 (22:55), 2013 (21:50) and last year in 22 mins 17 secs. Claire Annan (Clonmel AC) was 2nd in 23 mins 31 secs with Sally Forrestal (St Joseph’s) 3rd in 24:32, Aine Roche Clonmel AC) 4th in 25:06 and Anne Marie Boland (Clonmel AC) 5th in 25:54. The various Master Women’s Awards were won by the following athletes:1st 0/35 Dymphna Ryan (Dundrum AC) 27:03, 2nd 0/35 Tracy Culleton (Ballynonty AC) 27:20, 1st 0/40 Siobhan McHugh (Clonmel AC) 27:17, 2nd 0/40 Michelle Doherty (Cahir Meet and Train) 29:30, 1st 0/45 Anna Byrne (Clonmel AC) 27:41, 2nd 0/45 Sheila Perry (Clonmel AC) 28:08,1st 0/50 Julie Tideswell (Clonmel AC) 30:29,1st 0/55 Olive Heffernan (Cahir) 35:47 and 1st 0/60 Hazel Stapleton (Clonmel) 40:34. The Junior Women’s award was won by Lucy O Donnell (Clonmel) in 31:12 with Michelle McMeel (Clonmel Boxing Club) 2nd in 34:14. 

This year’s event was a brilliant success and the Club would like to thank MSD for sponsoring the event, the Gardai and the Civil Defence for all their help and the Vocational School for the use of their fine facilities for our Race Headquarters. The Club would also like to thank our many volunteers who helped with the entries, post race refreshments, marking the course, marshalling the route and the water stations as well as organising the Start and Finish areas and the Spot prizes, your help ensured the success of the event. 

At the Presentation of Prizes the Club honoured 12 athletes who competed in the first promotion of this event in 1988 and who are still enjoying their running and many of them ran the route again this year. The athletes were Tommy Moloney (Thurles Crokes AC), Bernard Feery (Fethard AC), Jim Fleming and John Foley (West Waterford),Liam Fleming, Tom Halley as well as the Clonmel AC members Tommy Cahill, Ned O Brien, Eamonn Crowley, Pierce Purcell, John Laste and Myles McHugh.

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