We had a small cohort of young eager athletes who travelled to Riverstick, Co. Cork on Sunday last to compete at the Munster B Championships. We quietly had hopes for this bunch who had been training very well all season and thus were in prime condition to challenge for top marks. Thankfully all went to plan to those who left the line under starters orders with the most impressive runs coming from our young Boys U9 trio of Tom Esmonde, Tom O’ Shea and Luke Kelly.

Tom Esmonde was crowned Munster B champion with an impressive win as he showed his quick turn of foot in the closing stages of the race, likewise his teammate Tom O’ Shea was right there with him and he too ran incredibly well and to his delighted was 2nd across the line. Tom O’ Shea had a horrific time in the Uneven Munster Championships where he fell and was subsequently spiked in the hand! So huge credit is due to Tom who bounced back and being so determined to turn around a bad day at the office to a brilliant day! Luke Kelly was the third boy u9 for the club and he too ran a fantastic race to come home in 25th place. They boys were one short for the club team event but they were rewarded at intercounty where all 3 scored on the Tipp team that finished 2nd overall. Congratulations to the boys.

This result indeed set the tone of day as the good times kept rollin’! Doireann Quinlan (43rd) and Maebh O’ Shea (57th) raced in the girls U11 race and both applied themselves very well in what is always a very difficult course. Doireann was 6th scorer on the Tipperary team that finished 2nd in the intercounty division and thus earning herself a silver Munster medal! Muireann Casey was in the girls U13 race and she too ran very well to finish 49th and also the 6th scorer for Tipperary on the day who finished 3rd! Final athlete on course was the ever-improving Aisling O’ Reilly who was in the girls U15 race. She had a brilliant race, showing her strength and determination throughout on the energy sapping course. Her efforts were rewarded with a 4th place finish overall and being 2nd scorer for the Tipp team she also picked up a team intercounty silver on the day. Fantastic running by all on the day and thanks to all the supporters who travelled to Cork.

Indoor Season

Indoor season is underway and I note there are a couple of athletes taking part in various leagues and meets last week and in the coming weeks. The very best of luck to them and its fantastic to note the interest in indoor competition in the younger age groups, long may it continue and develop. If you are interested in competing at indoor competition please get in touch with your coach ASAP.

Best of luck to a number of athletes who are heading to Navan to the National Un-Even age XC championships this weekend. We have XC debut at National level for Matthew Esmonde who I know is so looking forward to the challenge in the boys U11 race! In age contrast, we have Adam Phelan and Michael O’ Mahoney in the U17 and U19 race all of whom are representing club and County.

The Bucket!

Split the bucket was won this week by Luke Kelly, well done Luke on winning over €100. Please continue to support our weekly draw.

Points of important note!

County Senior XC championships are coming up on the 17th of December to be hosted by Dundrum AC and in Cashel by kind permission of Michael Ryan. Distance is 6k for women and 10k for men and we are urging eligible athletes to compete and form teams. Please let Sharon and Ber know in time.

Of note the Masters XC will take place in the new year on 21st January, this and indoor championships will be held in January so athletes are reminded that membership for 2024 will kick in to play. The membership renewal portal for 2024 is now open for all athletes on Athletics Ireland Website so it’s a good time to renew ahead of the new year so that you don’t miss out on these important races.

Link here: Athletics Ireland Membership