Thursday, May 1, 2014

Tipperary...Results of the Cahir Run4Fun 4 mile road race - Wed 30th Apr 2014

Another huge turnout for a race in Tipp with over 400 taking part in the Cahir 4 mile Run4Run race.

1    David Ryan    Clonmel A C    Men over 40    20:59
2    Danny Smith    Ballynonty A C    Senior Men    21:16
3    Jimmy Boland    Clonmel A C    Senior Men    21:54
15    Dymphna Ryan    Dundrum A C    Senior Ladies    23:57
21    Carmel Fitzgibbon    Thurles Crokes    Senior Ladies    24:32
28    Angela McCann    Clonmel A C    Ladies over 35    24:53

Race report from Clonmel AC...The Morrison BMW sponsored RUN4FUN took place last night in over cast but dry conditions and this event was promoted by Clonmel Athletic Club. Once again this event had a fantastic entry of 436 athletes while last year's event attracted an entry of 458. With the entry for both events very similar it is interesting to look at the statistics. In last year's race we had 306 Women competing while this year's figure was 264. Last year we had 152 Men competing this year we had 172. This year's event saw a massive growth in the Ladies over 35 going up from 69 last year to 173 this year. In the Master Men we had 59 last year compared to 78 this year.

Also looking at the performances it is great to report that we have major progress. This year we had 105 athletes running faster than 30 minutes compared to 75 last year. This year we had 289 athletes running faster than 40 mins while last year it was 240. This year we had 353 athletes running faster than 50 mins compared to 296 last year while this year we had 384 athletes under 60 minutes compared to 352 athletes last year. We must take into account that it was a lot warmer last year than this year but still to see such a progression.

Back to the event, once again it was brilliantly marshalled throughout the route with the help of the Gardai and the many stewards with the Civil Defence covering the First Aid. Gary Morrison of Morrison BMW thanked everyone who helped in any way to make this event such a success and it was brilliant to raise funds for such a very worthy cause, Make a Wish Foundation.

In the race itself we had David Ryan of Clonmel who was 2nd last year, going one better this year to win in 20 mins 59 secs with Danny Smith (Ballynonty) 2nd in 21 mins 16 secs. The Master Men's awards were won by Declan Curley (Clonmel) 22 mins 18 secs and Derek Nolan (Clonmel) 23 mins 25 secs. In the Ladies race Dymphna Ryan (Dundrum) won a great race in 23 mins 57 secs with Carmel Fitzgibbon (Thurles Crokes) 2nd in 24 mins 32 secs while the Master Ladies awards were won by Angela McCann (Clonmel) 24 mins 53 secs and Catherine Rice (Clonmel) 26 mins 49 secs. 

The Prize winning format in this race also saw a Prize been presented to one in every 12 athletes that past the finishing line right throughout the field. This was decided before the race started where pre determined finishing positions were selected. Here the Lucky winners won prizes ranging from 100 Euros to 30 Euros and this part of the Presentation of the Prizes was a brilliant success as every recipient was cheered to the rafters. The lucky winners were: Niall O Ceallaigh, James Denn, Paul Bowe, Brendan Kinnane, Jareb Lakis, Erno Kis-Kirulg, Yvonne O Conner, Adam O Dwyer, Orla Durand, Melissa Condon, Alan David, Pat Doheny, Greg Kecik, Brian McDonald, Katy O Reilly, Marie O Brien, Sabrina Hickey, Ashling O Hara, Jamie Walsh, Clare Walsh, Lena Griffin, Elaine Egan, Elana Rial, John Murphy, Sandra Upite, Cathy Fitzgerald, Cathy Mansfield, Monica Butler, Bridget Quirke, Cathy Bailey, May Byrne, Ann Burke, Mary McCarthy, Tom Regan and Joanne Nugent.
The Post Race refreshments was well appreciated by everyone and again hats off to the catering team.

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