Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Notice...Clonmel 4 mile road race - Sun 26th Dec 2014

From the organisers Clonmel AC...
St Stephen’s Day 4 Mile Road Race
Preparations are well advanced for this year’s race which once again takes place on St Stephen’s Day at 12 noon. This race has grown in stature over the years and is now firmly fixed on everyone calendar over the festive season. This race over a good course caters for all levels of abilities and all ages. This year’s event will be chip timed by Premier Timing Systems. As well as the usual list of Prizes there will also be some great Spot Prizes for down the field finishers to be won, so come along and participate in a great Sporting event.

There will also be Post Race Refreshments in the Vocational School.
Entries will be taken at the Vocational School, the Mall from 10 am onwards. We would ask all local participants to come early and enter as we are expecting over 500 to participate in this year’s event. The entry Fee is 10 Euros. 

This year’s race will start close to the Loreto Convent and proceeding down to Sir Thomas’s Bridge via the Coleville road and Kilganey.  At Sir Thomas’s Bridge it will proceed over to Ferryhouse where the athletes will turn left at the Bulmers Roundabout and proceed back to Clonmel to finish close to Barlo Motors on the Davis road. The Club would like to thank the South Tipperary Vocational Committee for the use of their fine facilities at the Mall. There will also be changing facilities available. This is an ideal run to cure the Christmas festivities and all levels of fitness will be catered for, walkers, joggers, fun runners and everyone are welcome to participate. For further enquiries please contact Niall at 086 1660888. 

Last year the Club promoted a very successful 4 mile road race on St Stephen’s day where 412 athletes participated. Even the weather was in our favour as athletes had good dry conditions to compete in. Such conditions led to some very good performances with many achieving a PB over this course, which is now considered one of the best 4 mile courses in the country. The 1st 5 men were: 1st Eoin Everard (Kilkenny City Harriers) 18 mins 59 secs, Sean Tobin (Clonmel) 2nd in 19 mins 3 secs, 3rd Sergiu Ciobanu (Clonliffe Harriers) 19 mins 4 secs, 4th Brian Maher (Kilkenny City Harriers) 19 mins 7 secs with Brian McMahon (Clonliffe Harriers) 5th in 19 mins 41 secs. This race has been promoted by the Club since 1988 when 87 athletes took part. Since then it has grown in stature and in 2008 we change the course to its present route which is basically the old route in reverse and it has received great reviews ever since. Eoin Everard’s brilliant performance of 18 mins 59 secs puts him in 3rd place overall behind Sandis Bralitis (West Waterford) who ran 18 mins 54 secs in 2008 and David McCarthy (West Waterford) who ran 18:58 in 2011.
In the Ladies race the top 5 were: 1st Siobhain O Doherty (Borrisokane) 21 mins 50 secs, great performance and she set a new course record and she is the only woman to get under 22 minutes for this course. 2nd Angela McCann (Clonmel) 23:11 with Dympna Ryan (Dundrum) 3rd in 23:31, Grace McConnell (Ballyroan / Abbeyleix)  4th senior lady in 24:30 with Sandra Bowe (Clonmel) 5th in 24:49.

Maps and directions HERE

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