IT WAS a crisp Sunday morning that greeted the athletes as Dungarvan rolled out the welcome mat for the inaugural Stook 10 mile road race.
While the main event, which was hosted by the local athletic club Gowran AC, was a 10 mile race there was also a 5km family fun run. Athletes competing in both races ran together for the first three miles.
Large numbers of athletes turned up on the day with both elite and participation athletes competing. More than 300 runners started the 10 mile event, undeterred by the physical challenge presented by the course which, although including a two mile run to the finish down Stook Hill - one of the more scenic parts of the county - presented some testing challenges in the middle part of the race.
Despite this challenge the race was won in fine style by virtue of a gun to tape finish by Gary O’Hanlon of Clonliffe Harriers. O’Hanlon crossed the line in an excellent time of 51 minutes and 58 seconds, setting a course record which will take some beating.
Waterford athletes filled the silver and bronze medal positions with Philip Harty (West Waterford) second in 52.32 and Andrew Connick (Ferrybank) third in a time of 54.09. Gowran’s Tommy Evans was first Kilkenny athlete home, finishing fourth with a time of 55.11.
The first woman athlete across the finish line was Angela McCann of Clonmel AC in another excellent time of 63 minutes. Maria Griffin (St Joseph’s AC) was the first Kilkenny female home, finishing third in a time of 66 minutes.
The event also incorporated the county 10 mile road championships for men, a race which was dominated by hosts Gowran. Tommy Evans was the winner with Jimmy Barcoe, having a great run, taking the bronze medal. They were separated by last year’s champion David McPherson (Kilkenny City Harriers - KCH) who ran a gutsy race to take the silver medal and finish in sixth place overall.
Ray Lonergan (KCH) was next home, finishing in 15th place overall. There were good runs also from Colin Tobin and Lyndon Barcoe, who both finished in the top 30 and secured the team gold medals for Gowran. KCH won the silver medals, with St Joseph’s taking bronze.
The results from the county 10 mile championships are (club code: G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s, TT = Thomastown):
Senior Men - 1 Tommy Evans (G) 55.11, 2 David McPherson (KCH) 58.16, 3 Jimmy Barcoe (G) 59.55, 4 Ray Lonergan (KCH) 62.33, 5 Colin Tobin (G) 65.46, 6 Lyndon Barcoe (G) 66.09, 7 Rocky Mernagh (SJ) 66.53, 8 Larry Leacy (SJ) 67.23, 9 David Farrell (G) 67.46, 10 Roger Middleton (G) 67.51, 11 Pat Young (KCH) 67.55, 12 Muiris Bric (G) 68.39, 13 Seamus Murphy (KCH) 69.19, 14 Paul Sheehan (SJ) 69.43, 15 Eoin Molloy 72.17, 16 J.P. Treacy (G) 75.43, 17 Steven Dermody (KCH) 76.14, 18 Marty Kelly (G) 76.18, 19 Mick Walsh (G) 76.46, 20 Colum Sheridan (SS) 77.19, 21 Tom McDonald (SJ) 78.21, 22 Bill Carroll (TT) 80.54, 23 Ciaran Cullen (SJ) 83.41, 24 Gary O Dwyer (KCH) 84.25, 25 Mathew Malone (KCH) 84.47, 26 David Forristal (SS) 86.27, 27 Chris McNamara (SJ), 28 Philip Dreeling (G) 90.42, 29 Declan Murray (G) 98.27.
Clubs: 1 Gowran, 2 KCH, 3 St Joseph’s.
Senior Women - Maria Griffin (SJ) 66.59, Adele Walsh (SS) 71.37, Barbara Rossiter (KCH) 72.27, Caoimhe Foley (KCH) 73.49, Anne O’Gorman (KCH) 80.06, Verena Fenlon (SJ) 80.24, Martina Sheridan (KCH) 80.53, May O’Connor (SJ) 81.23, Anne Marie Kavanagh (KCH) 83.10, Anita Grant (SJ) 83.41, Ann Brett (KCH) 84.10, Leona Connolly (G) 84.23, Kathy Carter (KCH) 84.35, Marcella Dunne (KCH) 84.30, Mary Anne Connolly (KCH) 84.39, Bregeen Murphy (KCH) 84.47, Karen Ryan (KCH) 84.46, Oonagh Hennessy (KCH) 85.12, Catherine Guthrie (KCH) 86.06, Anne Doyle (G) 86.27, Deirdre Phelan (G) 86.48, Valerie Murray (KCH) 86.42, Sheila O’Callaghan (KCH) 87.28, Irene Henebry (KCH) 89.25, Joan Martin (KCH) 91.05, Una Byrne (KCH) 91.33, Rhoda Griffith (G) 92.50, Anita Byrne (KCH) 94.06, Tara Swaby (SS) 94.15, Lorraine Lawlor 95.32, Brid Hennessy (SJ) 97.57, Mary McDonald (SJ) 100.0, Mairead Cummins (KCH) 100.13, Katrina Lowry (KCH) 100.29, Jane Kavanagh (KCH) 100.29, Angela Gordon (G) 100.36, Nicole McKenna (KCH) 100.32, Catriona Condon (KCH) 100.33.
Juvenile athletes will be back in action next weekend at the national cross-country championships, with Tattersalls, Ratoath providing the venue for the even age championships for girls and boys from under-12 to under-18 age groups.
At senior level one of the major cross-country events of the year will be held with the running of the national inter-county cross-country championships. Tommy Evans (Gowran AC) will be hoping to build on his performance from Sunday while Brian Maher (KCH) will also be competing. The start time is set for 12 noon.
The women’s county five mile road championships have been rescheduled. They will now be held in Gowran on Saturday, December 8, with an 11am start.