Club athletes were out in force all week long, but special mention goes to one of our youngest members Matthew Esmonde who was representing club and county at his first of many National championships. Matthew travel to Navan on Sunday and competed in the boys U11 race. Matthew had a terrific run to finish inside the top 20 in 19th place. He was unlucky to miss out on a place on the Provincial team who won with the last scorer for Munster finishing in 18th place. Nothing to take away from Matthews amazing effort he raced very smartly and was 2nd scorer for Tipperary on the day who finished 7th in the intercounty division. Congratulations Matthew on a great cross-country season!
Away from the soft under footing, athletes were back on the road and on the boards as cross country is well and truly on the wind down. During the week there was incentive by UL and DCU in Nenagh Olympic with a night of racing taking place between the two powerhouse universities. A group of Moyne Athletes made most of the opportunity to get in good race practice by participating in a pre-programme that was organised. Well done all!
Sticking to track, Ber Spillane travelled to Midlands university in TUS, Athlone on Saturday to compete at the Baseline meet. Ber has been enjoying training and put in solid evenings work and ran two PB’s. She clocked 21.5 in the 150m and shortly after went again in the 300m coming home in 47.27. well done Ber!
Next to the Roads! I’m delighted to report the club has a number of budding milers on the up! Kilkenny City Harriers host the Medieval Mile on Friday night in Baltic conditions! 10 club athletes were in attendance soaking up the atmosphere and learning the art of racing a mile! John Renehan was first back in 5.38, next we had Emma Delaney (6.09), Kate Delaney (6.24), Caoimhe Slevin (7.04), Muireann Casey (7.11), Michael Doyle (7.11), Lily Murphy (7.25), Faye Murphy (8.02), Helen Renehan (8.02) and Triona Murphy (8.10). Well done all!
Early on Saturday morning, Brian Carroll and Patrick Bowe were down in Waterford taking part in the popular Waterford Half Marathon. Fresh from his marathon PB, Brian once again set a personal record of 1.28.02. Congratulations Brian! Mr. super consistent Pakie was just seconds behind Brian in 1.28.11. Brilliant running.
Finally on Sunday morning, Sharon Cantwell was back racing after a period of injury. She travelled to Newmarket, Co. Cork for their annual fast 5k. In a race that attracted nearly 500 athletes, Sharon dusted off the cobwebs and clocked 19.09 to finish 11th female on the day.
County Senior XC takes place on the 17th of December in Cashel and athletes are advised to give their entry to Ber.
Split the bucket was won by Harriet Ely. The prize pot was €146. Thanks to all for their continued support.
Committee meeting will take place on Tuesday 5th of December at 8.30pm. Committee members are asked to attend and if you have an item for the agenda, please advise club secretary Michelle Percy.