Carrick Road Runners Athletic Club, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Champion Kiely Ballyneale 5k

The heavy rains cleared in time for last Friday evening's ninth annual Champion Kiely 5k race in Ballyneale which was the first of the four races in the 2012 Outfield Sports Three-Counties Challenge.The race organisers were rewarded for their efforts with a record turnout of 237 runners. The race course is naturally very fast and,with the strong breeze at the runners' backs on the downhill run through the village, many personal best times were recorded. Michael Herlihy (North Cork AC) made his intentions clear from the start of the men's race and quickly built up a lead that was never threatened. Michael's winning time was 15:12. In second place came Carrick AC's Brian Murphy (15:33) who is fast returning to his very best form. Kevin Moore (Dundrum AC) put in a fine performance to take the third prize in 15:36. The men's team prize was won by Clonmel AC. Sylvia Malone (Waterford AC) has been in outstanding form of late and she just got the better of a great tussle with Carrick AC runner, Claire Annan, to take the ladies' event.Sylvia finished in 17:56 with Claire timed at 18:02. Kate Wall (19:26) from Clonmel AC took third prize while the ladies' team prize also went to Clonmel AC. Great credit must go to Cornelius MacFadden and Jim St. John for their great organisation of this event. Carrick AC would also like to thank the many Ballyneale people who help to make this such a wonderful community occasion every year.The club is very grateful to all who assisted with stewarding, car-parking and registration. The post-race refreshments were much appreciated by all and we would like to thank Elaine Walsh and all the local ladies who helped to provide these.Thanks also to Carrick Red Cross and the local Gardai for ensuring the safety of all. It was very fitting that Anthony Kiely,grandson of the great Tom Kiely in whose name the race is run,was present at the prize-giving .Anthony gave a very interesting insight into the life and times of Ireland's first (and perhaps most overlooked) Olympic gold medallist.
The second race in this year's Three-Counties Challenge will be the Carraig Hotel Deadman's 5-mile race in Carrick-on-Suir on Friday, 29th June with a 7:30pm start.Entries are open for this race on and further details will appear in these notes over the coming weeks.
Champion Kiely winners :
Men :  1. Michael Herlihy (North Cork) 15:12     2. Brian Murphy (Carrick AC) 15:33     3. Kevin Moore (Dundrum AC) 15:36      Over 40: David Kenneally (Thurles Crokes) 17:05   Over 45 : Derek Nolan 17:01    Over 50 : Tommy Payne (Tinryland) 16:20    Over 50 :  Matt Alexander (Coolquill)  18:31    Over 60 :  Con Kelleher (Waterford AC) 20:30   Junior:Damien Murphy (West Waterford) 17:37   Team: Clonmel AC
Ladies:  1. Sylvia Malone ( Waterford AC) 17:56   2. Claire Annan (Carrick AC) 18:02   3. Kate Wall (Clonmel AC) 19:26  Over 35: Catherine Rice (Clonmel AC) 19:49   Over 40: Emer O' Brien (Carrick AC) 22:01    Over 45: Ann Dunford (West Waterford) 21:07   Over 50: Ann Power 21:48    Over 55: Hazel Galloway (Clonmel AC) 23:56     Junior : Alina Neumerzhitskiy 26:14   Team: Clonmel AC
Carrick AC finishers
Brian Murphy 15:33 ;  Patrick Roche 16:57 ;  Tommy Falconer 17:19 ;  Daragh Byrne 17:40 ;  Claire Annan 18:02 ;  Brendan Cronin 18:07 ;  David Waters 18:23 ;  Andrew Downey 18:52 ;  Michael O' Connell 19:00 ;  Paddy Kerwick 19:14 ;  Seamus Ward 19:25 ;  Tom Doherty 19:42 ;  Andrew O' Meara 20:27 ;  Raymond Burke 20:37 ;  Robert Glascott 20:48 ;  John O' Meara 21:05 ;  Gordon Collins 21:24 ;  Sean O' Donovan 21:42 ;  Emer O' Brien 22:01 ;  Patrick Harte 23:38 ;  Ann Cronin 24:00 ;  Brian Nugent 24:03 ;  Bernie Sexton 24:04 ;  Claire Howlin 24:59 ;  Melanie Ward 25:14 ;  Jim O' Meara 25:36 ;  Lisa Bartley 25:44 ;  Valerie Doyle 26:03 ;  Sinead Blackmore 29:38 ;  Susan Collins 30:01   
Little South Run
The annual Little South Run which is organised by St. Senan's AC in Kilmacow once again attracted a large field of runners on Sunday last. The men's event was won by Edmond O' Neill (Tinryland) in a time of 20:10.Carrick AC's Brian Murphy again ran a fantastic race to claim second in 20:38.The ladies' race was won by Jackie Carthy (Kilmore AC) in 23:30. Carrick AC's second finisher was Patrick Roche (22:36) with Brendan Cronin winning the O/50 first prize in 24:28.James Fox (24:58), Tom Doherty (27:02) and Ann Cronin (31:46) all enjoyed very good runs too. Well done to all our runners.
Michael Cahill 5k
The sixteenth annual Michael Cahill 5k road race will be held in Ballingarry on this Friday, June 15th at 8pm. The race start is at the Presentation School and entry costs €10 with prizes in all the usual categories.