All Ireland “B” Cross Country Championships

The Irish Life Health Juvenile B and  XC Relays, Intermediate and Masters Cross Country Championships were held in Clarinbridge, Co. Galway on Sunday last, February 11th.  Despite the snowy and almost freezing conditions 22 Moyne athletes competed.

First off were the Under 11 Girls where there was a field of 103 athletes competing. First home for Moyne AC and the Tipperary team was Saoirse Doran who placed a wonderful 14th position despite sticky and mucky underfoot conditions. Next followed Alana Spillane, Dearbhla Gleeson and Blathnaid Lloyd who ran strongly to finish 67th, 73rd and 82nd respectively. All four athletes helped place the Tipperary A team in 5th position and the club 9th. Next it was the Under 11 Boys who toed the start line. They had the same distance as their Under 11 Girl counterparts of 1,000m.  Adam Phelan ran a terrific race and finished 37th, followed by Denis Brolan 51st. Hot on the heels of Adam Spillane Leane was Frank Doyle, where they finished 70th and 72nd respectively with Fred Power 105th. The boys placed the Tipperary team 7th overall and the club 11th.

The Under 13 Girls race saw Helen Cleere finish strongly in 25th, followed by Mary Cussen who finished a respectable 43rd, followed by Louise Hickey 57th. Unfortunately, Tara Gleeson was unable to finish the race due to injury. There were five athletes competing for the club in the Under 13 category. Aaron Moore ran very convincingly to finish 20th. Not far behind him were Conor Gleeson 32nd,  David Doyle 47th, Bill Brolan 61st and Cormac Burke 69th. The boys helped the Tipperary team to 5th overall with the club placing 6th. Emma Gleeson was our sole representative in the Under 15 Girls race. Despite the mucky and soft conditions she finished strongly in 23rd position. In the Under 15 boys category our only competitor was Tomas Cussen who finished in 40th.

In the Masters competition, Ray Power ran a tough 7 km race to finish 30th in his category. Well done to all athletes who competed as they represented the club and Tipperary magnificently despite very difficult conditions.

Munster U9-U12 Indoor Championships

The Munster Indoor U9-U12 Championships were held last Saturday and Sunday. We had a super performance from Sarah McGinley who was 3rd in the U11 shot throwing 4.59 cms. This throw was only 2cms from silver. Aaron McLoughlin had a great performance to place 3rd in the U/12 walk. Also taking part were Jack Guilfoyle, Reiltin Morrissey, Alana Spillane and Saoirse Doran who ran very well in their respective heats. Well done everyone.

Munster U13-U19 Indoor Championships

The Munster U13-U19 Indoor Championships will take place on the 23rd and 24th of February. The entries for this event close on Friday so please ensure all entries are with Geraldine by Wednesday night.

County Novice Road Championships

The club are hosting the County Novice Road Championships on Sunday with a 12 noon start.  The ladies will race over 3k with the men running 6k. There is a slight change to the course with the finish of the race on the newly developed track.

The club are hopeful of having a strong contingent of ladies and men in action and all local support for them would be very much appreciated.  The ladies will be hoping to retain the County title from last year and our men are looking for a strong performance after their impressive County Road Relay performance. The Novice races are very competitive and best of luck to all athletes involved.  Entry closes on Thursday night so all athletes please ensure that you have given your name to Geraldine by Wednesday evening at the latest.  All athletes are also reminded that they must have their 2018 registration paid to Sharon be eligible to compete.  

Munster Schools Cross Country Championships

The Munster Schools Cross Country takes place on the 23rd of February on the WIT Sports Campus, Carriganore, Waterford. This is the next day out for those who participated in the East Munster Cross Country last week in the same venue. Best of luck to our club representatives and their respective school teams.

Club Lotto

There were no winners of the club lotto this week, but many thanks to everyone for their continued support.  


All those attending training, irrespective of whether they are competing in competitions or not, must be registered for insurance purposes.  Everyone from 6 years of age and older should return all outstanding 2018 registration forms and fee to Sharon Cantwell within the next two weeks.

Upcoming County Road Fixtures

18th February – County Novice Road Championships – Moyne

18th March – County Intermediate Road Championships – Faugheen

25th March – County Novice “B” Road Championships – Ballingarry

02nd April – Munster 4 Mile Road Championships – Kerry

22rd April – County Masters Road Championships– Clonmel

22rd July – County Senior Road Championships – Dundrum

Track & Field Fixtures

24th/25th February – Munster U/13-U/19 Indoor Championships – Nenagh

03th March – County U/13-Junior Indoor Championships – Nenagh

04th March – County U/9-U/12 Indoor Championships – Nenagh

County Road Relays

Clonoulty was the venue on Sunday for the County Road Relays and with the club entering one men’s and two ladies teams we travelled very much in anticipation of a close contest in both events.  This was the way it turned out following great performances from all the teams that participated – 7 ladies teams and 12 Men’s teams.

Louise Fogarty and Brigid Gleeson were our starting 800mts legs for the ladies and what a performance from both athletes as Louise powered ahead from the start to hand over to Lorraine Healy in the lead for her 1,500mts leg while Brigid left many younger competitors in her wake to hand over to Liz Power for the next leg.  Lorraine held her lead despite the best efforts of Jacqueline Hughes of Thurles Crokes and handed over to her sister Sara who continued to lead the chasing pack throughout her 800mts leg and again another great effort saw her hand over to Angela Fogarty with a lead of approx. 40mts.  Angela had 3,000mts to cover and she did so with a great gutsy display putting everything into that final leg and it took a huge effort from master athlete Madeline Loughnane to overhaul Angela and keep ahead throughout those final four laps.  Angela never faltered and crossed the line in second place just 20 seconds behind with a combined time of 23.21 from the four athletes securing the silver team medals.  While all this was going on Liz had done her very best to keep our second team in contention and she passed to Ber Spillane who set out on her 800mts with determination, closing the gap on her nearest rivals to hand over to Sharon Kiely who started her 3,000mts leg much in the same fashion as Ber to overtake her Dundrum compatriot and move the team into sixth place. Sharon crossed the line in a combined time of 27.34 to earn third place in the “B” section and collect the bronze medals for their huge efforts.  Congratulations and well done to all eight athletes on their tremendous performances.

It was now down to our men’s team and again another exceptional performance from the quartet saw them win the “B” section but not before they had given the more fancied clubs and teams a “run” for their money.  Nathan Bowe showed his class over 800mts with an exceptional display.  Lying in third place coming into the field from the road he summoned every ounce of strength he had to power through the final couple of hundred metres to hand over the lead to Stephen Flanagan.  Stephen, with just a couple of weeks solid training behind him following injury, kept the more fancied 1,500mts runners in his wake with a powerful display to keep the club in the lead. Handing over to Brian Carroll for the 800mts leg, the club still held a slender lead. This was quickly swallowed up by the much younger athletes in the event but huge credit to Brian he did not let them get away from him and it was still all to play for as he handed over to Liam Kelly for the final 3,000mts.  Again Liam pushed hard to bridge the gap and with five athletes vying for the top spot it made for a tremendous final leg, with nothing given.  Liam continued to maintain his strong run and though adrift at one stage he made up the ground again to bring the team up to fourth spot.  On the final lap he again closed the distance between himself and those in front to be just five seconds from third place.  By finishing fourth the four men were winners of the “B” section with a combined time of 19.15 some 28 seconds clear of the team in second place. Huge congratulations to them on their gold medal winning performance.

The next outing for our men and ladies is the County Novice Road Championships on home ground on 18th February where we hope to field teams in both events.

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