On a great day of athletics, our four club athletes, gave it their all at the National Uneven Age Juvenile and Novice Cross Country Championships held in Dunboyne, Co. Meath. First away on the day was Alana Spillane, representing the province of Munster in the Girls U/13 event. She was very much one of the younger competitors in this race but that did not deter her when finishing 107th. In the Boys equivalent Adam Spillane toed the line for Tipperary and despite being on his sick bed for the past week ran his heart out to finish 120th and the final scorer on the Tipperary team that finished a very creditable 6th in the Inter-County competition. Our final juvenile was Aaron Moore who competed in the Boys U/15 event for both Munster and Tipperary and again, having overcome illness, left nothing on the field to finish 44th. This place proved vital as it contributed to Tipperary finishing third in the Inter-County competition, only losing out to Dublin on count-back as both Counties finished level on points. Well done Aaron on your coveted All Ireland medal and to both Alana and Adam on your performances.
With over 180 athletes entered in the Ladies Novice, the race was always going to be tough and the pace fast but great credit is due to Angela Fogarty who put everything into her performance. On a course that provided a mixture of soft and muddy underfoot conditions she battled hard and maintained her speed throughout to finish in the top half of the field while also showed true grit at the finish holding off some serious challenges to her position. Well done Angela.
Sincere thanks to the Spillane, Phelan, Moore and Fogarty clans for their support on Sunday and indeed throughout the cross-country season.
The next meeting of the club officers and committee takes place this Wednesday night at 8.45pm. All members are asked to attend.
Christmas Morning Mile
Our annual Christmas morning mile will once again take place on December 25. This year all proceeds from the event will be donated to Mo Chara Animal Rescue who are doing tremendous work from their kennels in Cooleeney. Everyone is invited to Walk, Jog or Run four laps of the track on the day, anytime between 10.30am and 12.30am. What better way to start the day? All donations gratefully accepted.
County Senior and Masters’ Indoor Track & Field Championships
The indoor track and field season commences on Sunday 29th December with the staging of the County Senior & Masters Championships in the Nenagh Olympic Indoor Arena commencing at 10.30am. With the Christmas period in between it is important that all athletes who are interested in competing would give their name and events to Geraldine as soon as possible. Also, all athletes who are competing must be registered for 2020 so please ensure you have given your form and fee to Sharon Cantwell by the end of this week.
Annual Club Presentation Night
The club will host its annual presentation night on Friday, January 2 at 8pm. All medals won during the recent cross-country season by our juvenile athletes will be presented on the night. Also being presented are awards for “Athlete of the Year”, “Most Improved Athlete of the Year”, and Track & Field and Cross-Country Athletes of the Year in Juvenile and Senior categories. We hope that all members will support this event.
Registration for 2020
Registration forms for 2020 are now available in the club house. All members, juvenile and senior, need to re-register for the new year. Completed forms and the appropriate monies should be given to club registrar, Sharon Cantwell, as soon as possible. Please remember that all those attending training must be registered.
Congratulations to this week’s winners Eileen Coppinger and Pat Blake who were winners of €20 in the lucky dip. Our thanks to everyone for their continued support.
29th December – County Senior & Masters Indoor T & F Championships, Nenagh
5th January – Munster U/11-U/16 Combined Events and Junior & U/23 T &F, Nenagh
10th January – AGM Tipperary Athletics Board, Thurles
12th January – County Senior Cross-Country Championships, Galbally
17th January – AGM Moyne AC
18th January – Irish Life Health Indoor Combined Events (All Ages), Athlone
19th January – Munster Juvenile Inter-Club Relays, Pole Vault, U/17-19 Field Events, Nenagh
25th January – Irish Life Health National Junior & U/23 Indoor Championships, Athlone
26th January – County Novice Road Championships, Moyne
2nd February – County Road Relays, Clonoulty
7th February – County Tipperary Star Awards, Horse & Jockey