Limerick athletes run into New Year

Karen Raine

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Limerick athletes run into New Year

Mooreabbey Milers Tom Blackburn, Willie O'Donoghue, Mary Pyke, Marie O'Shea, Damien Holian and Patrick Holian are pictured after completing the Clonmel 4 mile race

The Country Club AC 5 Mile race was the first event of 2019 held on New Year’s Day.

John Kinsella (Bilboa) started the year in the best possible fashion winning this long running event in a time of 27:04. He was followed in 2nd by Thomas Shanahan of Limerick AC in 28:02. Bilboa’s Sean Quirke was 3rd in 28:28.

Anne MacPhail (Dooneen) showed that she is returning to form, romping to victory in the women’s event in 31:59. Yvonne Deegan (Country Club) took 2nd place in 35:03. Tanya Cox (Dooneen) was 3rd in 37:05.

The charity benefiting this year was Autism Ireland and there were 104 finishers. Well done to all involved in a well organised event with great hospitality afterwards.

Mooreabbey Milers Mile Dash - Galbally

The mile is undergoing something of a renaissance and there were many good times posted in the border village of Galbally. Sean Quirke of Bilboa was 8th in 5:07. Dooneens’ Joe O’Brien was 9th in 5:08. Thomas Blackburn was 11th for the hosts in 5:12. Cormac Downes (Dooneen) finished in 5:19. The An Brú duo of Derek Casey and Eoin O’Loughlin posted times of 5:28 and 5:49 respectively.

Susan Murnane (Limerick AC) followed up victory in Caherdavin with another win here, taking the women’s event in 5:30. Katazrzyna Bobka (An Brú) was 5th in 6:29.

Shandrum AC 5K-Newtown Shandrum

Niall Shanahan of A Brú rounded of a superb year with another victory, smashing the course record in a time of 15:21. Dooneen’s Joe O’Brien was 2nd in 17:38.

Parkrun

Results - January 1 - UL : There were 128 finishers as the unseasonably mild weather continued for this additional 9am staging. Male 1st-Conor Dolan (Galway City Harriers) 17:44,2nd Neil O’Connail 19:05,3rd-Thomas McCarthy 19:26 Female 1st-Gillian Sohun 22:00,2nd-Karen Raine (Dooneen) 22:03,3rd-Noelle Ahern 22:17

December 29 - UL

Male 1st-Thomas Grimes (East London Runners) 18:50,2nd-Andrew McMahon 19:45,3rd-Donnacha O’Dalaigh 19:57 Female 1st-Aisling Ahern (An Brú) 24:10,2nd-Gina O’Connor 24:48,3rd-Marie Bradley 24:49

Mungret

Niall Tuohy set a new course record, finishing in 1st in 15:58. Holly Brennan was also the 8th fastest woman in Ireland in last weekend with a time of 19:52. Male 1st-15:58, 2nd-Niall McNamara 17:48,3rd-Niall O’Conail 19:09 Female 1st-Holly Brennan 19:52 (Cilles Athletics Club Bettystown), 2nd-Louise Matthews (Dooneen) 23:22,3rd-Emma O’Shea 24:16

Newcastle west

Male 1st-Jurgen Leo Foley 18:45 2nd-Patrick Hough (York Postal Harriers) 22:04 3rd-Oliver Kirwan 22:39 Female 1st-Edwina Revel 25:10,2nd-Helen O’Sullivan 26:15,3rd-Jacinta Kirwan 26:37

Doon GAA 8K Fun Run

Willie O’Donoghue (Moreabbey Milers) took his first win of the year in 29:39.

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