Many thanks to everyone who supported the club’s New Year 5k Fun Run/Walk. In ideal weather conditions the runners and walkers provided a great spectacle for the spectators with some terrific performances and fast times. First across the line in a time of 15.14 was William Maunsell, Clonmel who had a minute to spare on second placed Denis Shanahan, Thurles Crokes with John Fitzgibbon, Thurles Crokes holding on for third place in 16.50 from a strong running Roibeard Miller, Ballyfin who was timed at 16.55 while Colm Fitzgerald, Portlaoise kept both athletes on their toes finishing fifth in 17.03. The first local club athlete, Liam Kelly, finished an excellent 6th in 17.30 with Domhnall O’Farrell, Portlaoise hot on his heels in 7th with a time of 17.32. Club athlete Stephen Flanagan finished 8th in 17.41 while Dermot Hayes Dundrum finished 9th in 17.46 and completing the top ten was Joey Feery, Fethard in a time of 17.52.
The fastest of the ladies on the day was Sharon Cleere, Gowran AC with a time of 19.06 with Annmarie Boland, Clonmel in second in 19.47 while her club-mate Kealey Tideswell was only seconds behind in 19.56 for third place. Fourth went to local athlete Angela Fogarty in 20.20 followed by Jean McEvoy, Ballyroan/Abbeyleix fifth with a time of 20.24 while Sandra Fitzpatrick also of Ballyroan/Abbeyleix had a great tussle with local athlete Kate Harrison to take 6th just a second ahead of Kate in 7th having being timed at 20.45 and 20.46 respectively. The Healy sisters, Orla and Lorraine finished together in 8th and 9th with a time of 21.07 while Michelle Maher, Thurles Crokes completed the top ten in a time of 21.57.
Once again our thanks to everyone for their support and special thanks to all those who helped out in any way with the successful running of the event. Everyone’s contribution is valued by the club.