Munster Juvenile Indoor Championships

The club had 9 athletes competing at the Munster Juvenile Indoor Championships with each athlete giving it their all in what are always such competitive championships. Sean Burke competed at U/17 level finishing 5th in the 60mts hurdles in 12.43, 4th in the High Jump in 1.55 and 8th in the Long Jump in 5.02.  Jack Hickey also competed in the U/17 age group and finished 12th in the 60mts in 7.72 and 6th in the 200mts in 25.00.  Brian O’Callaghan was also in this age group and finished 18th in the 60mts in 8.68 and 16th in the 200mts in 28.82. At U/16 level the cub was represented by Dylan McLoughlin who finished 14th in the 200mts in 27.38, 8th in the 800mts in 2.28.08 and 10th in the Long Jump in 4.41.  Emma Gleeson competed in the U/15 age group finishing 29th in the 60mts in 9.84, 8th in the 800mts in 2.33.24 and 10th in the Long Jump in 3.77.  Four athletes represented the club in the U/14 category.  Aaron McLoughlin finished 13th in the 600mts in 1.55.89.  Helen Cleere finished 19th in the U/13 600mts in 2.01.51, 15th in the 60mts hurdles in 11.97, 9th in the High Jump in 1.25 and 22nd in the Long Jump in 3.59. Louise Hickey finished 30th in the 60mts in 9.53, 12th in the High Jump in 1.20, 21st in the Long Jump in 3.60 and 20th in the Shot in 6.17.  Tara Gleeson finished 38th in the 60mts in 9.99, 25th in the Shot in 4.74, 20th in the Long Jump in 3.62, 41st in the 600mts in 2.17.67 and 19th in the High Jump in 1.10.  With the volume of athletes participating there was the necessity for having heats and our athletes did make an impact in those heats with placings from 1st to 5th but in the overall standings where fastest times prevailed the above were their final standings.  Well done to all of the athletes on their performances.

County Juvenile Indoor Championships

Order of Events U9 to U12 2017                     Order of Events U13 to Junior 2017

This weekend, 4th & 5th March will be a busy one for the club with our juvenile athletes from U/9 to Junior in action in Nenagh at the County Indoor Championships.  The U/13 to Junior Championships take place on Saturday with the U/9 to U/12 Championships on Sunday.  Competition on both days commences at 11.30am.  Everyone should be in Nenagh by 11am on their particular day and should be prepared to stay for the daylong competitions.  Warm clothes are also essential as are food and drink.  There is a large group entered from the club and each athletes is wished the very best of luck.

All Ireland Masters Indoor Championships

Best of luck to Stephen Flanagan who is participating in these championships on Sunday next 5th March.  Stephen will be defending his High Jump title and we all wish him the best of luck.

Monthly Club Meeting

The monthly club meeting will take place this Wednesday night 1st March at 9pm.  All officers and committee members to attend.

Athletic Workshops

The first of a series of juvenile and senior workshops will take place in the Club’s Indoor Facility this Wednesday night with both events starting at 7pm and runing until 9pm.  The juvenile workshop will focus on the Long Jump and High Jump and is open to all athletes from 10-17 years old.  The senior workshop, for anyone 17 or over, is fosused on intermediate to long distance running and will be hosted by former Irish International John Downes.  We would encourage our athletes to participate in these workshops and avail of the expert coaching.  Cost is €5 per athlete payable on the night.  No pre-registration required.

County Novice Ladies Championship


Not since 1995 has the club had a winner at Novice “A” Road level but a new champion was born on Sunday when Lorraine Healy was crowned County Novice Road Champion 2016.  Not alone did Lorraine capture the title but she also ran the fastest novice 3k on record – 11.11.

In one of the biggest ladies novice races seen in quite a number of years with 44 athletes on the start line including an incredible 22 from the club itself, the winner is always hard to predict as so many athletes are in with a chance to claim that Novice title.  Right from the start of the 3k race Lorraine Healy set out her game plan to lead from the front, which is always a hard thing to contemplate as you never know how it will work out until the day, but on Sunday this plan duly delivered as despite the best efforts of the rest of the field, she drew clear to lead from gun to tape and had over 40mts to spare at the finish to be crowned 2016 County Novice Road Champion.  Well done Lorraine on a fantastic victory.  Our next two athletes Louise and Angela Fogarty were in battles of their own.  Louise and Claire Devitt, Dundrum were having a mighty battle for the third spot with first one then the other in that individual medal position but the stronger finish from Louise saw her draw clear at the line to win that coveted bronze medal.  With three to score in the team event Angela’s position at the finish line was going to be so important in the destination of the team title.  And so it proved as she fought it out with Suzanne Shine of Clonmel.  Both athletes pushed themselves to the limit throughout the race, pulling each other along with Suzanne eventually getting the nod on the line for 5th with Angela in that all important position of 6th.  With a great team score of 10pts, it all now came down to how the other clubs scored but with such large numbers in the race it was always going to be hard to keep the total down and thus it proved with the three girls winning the team competition for the second year in a row with nine points to spare.  Well done girls on a terrific performance.

While the above was happening at the head of the field we had Susan Fogarty, Brigid Gleeson, Sarah Healy and Kate Harrison ensuring the other clubs had to push hard for their medals as they finished in 12th, 17th, 18th and 19th respectively.  Also in the mix were Frances Long, Edel Delaney, and Sharon Kiely who crossed the line in 24th, 25th and 26th while Edel Leahy, Sinead Tynan, Caroline Dunne, Bernadette Spillane, Michelle Percy, Deirdre Kearney and Sharon Cantwell all had each other to feed off when finishing 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 34th, 35th, and 36th.  Not be content with that also competing were Breda McNamara, Helena Loughnane, Anita Gleeson, Catherine Dunne and Liz Power who came through to take 38th, 39th, 40th, 42nd and 44th.  Without this truly great back up from all the ladies the team result could have been in doubt but credit to the 19 others for a truly remarkable performance. All of the above combined to 5th, 7th, 8th 10th, 11th and 12th teams in the club competition and again outstanding performances from all involved.  At least four of the above had never competed at this level before or indeed competitively so hats off to them for their support of the club and hopefully this will be the start of great things for them.

The great thing about the Novice is that there is a “B” competition and with the top five individuals ineligible to compete the next day out the club can still call on 20 of the 22 athletes who competed on Sunday and who knows they may match last year’s result.

County Novice Men’s Championship

Never before in the history of the AAI has the club had 12 men in action in the one competition but all that ended on Sunday with a terrific representation in the Novice Men’s competition.  This must surely be one of the most sought after titles on the road and the testament to this was in excess of 90 athletes completed the 6k route.  Such was the competitive nature of the event that a total of 20 teams finished in the team competition and against such exalted company the men’s first team finished a fabulous 7th overall mixing it with the more established clubs.  A fantastic run by Liam Kelly saw him finish in a top ten position claiming that 10th place with a terrific final sprint for the line. Liam was timed at 20.23.  Coming through in another strong run for 15th place was Stephen Flanagan in 20.36 with Jody Sweeney powering home for 38th in 22.04 followed by an equally determined Richard Daly in 40th just 5 secs further back in 22.09.  Brian Carroll came through for 44th in 22.22 while Patrick Bowe crossed the line in 63rd in a time of 23.49.  Paddy Doyle finished 69th in 24.30 followed by Joe Leahy in 78th in 2.06, Kevin Dunne 82nd in 25.25, Brendan Delaney 85th in 25.38, Ray Power 89th in 25.06 and Mark King 94th in 28.51.

As already mentioned the first team of Liam, Stephen, Jody and Brian finished a terrific 7th and when you consider that the club had two athletes home before many of the more fancied clubs there is certainly great positivity for the future.  The second team finished 16th with the third team 20th and that surely shows the powerful standard of the novice.  Again the club had a number of athletes running competitively for the first time and all performed admirably and can look forward to the County “B” with added anticipation.  Well done to all the men on their excellent performances.

Munster Juvenile Indoor Championships

Best of luck to our 10 athletes who are taking part in the U/12-U/19 Munster Indoor Championships in Nenagh on Saturday and Sunday next – Sean Burke, Helen Cleere, Emma Gleeson, Tara Gleeson, Jack Hickey, Louise Hickey, Cathy Hogan, Aaron McLoughlin, Dylan McLoughlin and Brian O’Callaghan.

Munster Schools Cross Country Championships

The Munster Schools Finals were held in Cork last week and a number of club athletes competed well in the various competitions.  Heading to Antrim for the National Finals are Roisin Daly, Presentation Thurles who finished 30th in the Senior Girls event with the school winning the team event and Dylan McLoughlin, CBS Thurles who finished 55th with the CBS team finishing 3rd overall.  Also competing were Gavin Ryan, Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed, Thurles who finished 15th in the Minor Boys event while in the Minor Girls event Emma Gleeson and Cathy Hogan representing the Ursuline, Thurles finished 39th and 42nd respectively.  Well done to all.

Club Lotto

Congratulations to Paddy Maher and Simon Cleary who were our lotto winners this week.  Many thanks to everyone for their continued support.

Moyne AC Lotto

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