Carrick Roadrunners‏ Carraig Hotel Deadman’s 5 Mile Race

This year’s Outfield Sports Three-Counties Challenge got underway in great style last Friday when 170 runners lined up outside the historic Ormond Castle in Carrick for the fifth running of the Carraig Hotel Deadman’s 5 mile race.Running conditions were perfect as the athletes headed through the main street and out onto the challenging Deadman’s loop.The men’s race was closely contested but it was Carrick AC’s Brian Murphy who proved strongest with a great winning time of 25:35.Brian had finished second in this race last year before going on to take victory in the overall series.In going one better this year,Brian became the first Carrick runner to win the ‘Deadman’s’ and has laid down a marker for this year’s series.Brian held off a strong challenge from West Waterford’s Ravis Zakis and Philip Harty who took second and third prizes respectively.
There were many other outstanding performances from Carrick’s men – Pat O’ Sullivan was winner in the O/45 category and Brendan Cronin put in a career-best time of 29:48 to take the O/50 prize. Carrick AC’s Michael Murphy, David Waters and Tommy Falconer combined to win the team prize.
The ladies’ race was won in great style by Siobhan O’ Doherty (Borrisokane) in a very fast 28:09.Angela McCann from Clonmel AC was second, just ahead of Waterford AC’s Sylvia Malone. Carrick AC’s ladies were also to the fore with Martina O’ Dwyer winning the O/35 category and Bernie Sexton taking first O/55 prize.
The club would like to thank the Carraig Hotel for their continued sponsorship of this very popular race and also Alan Treacy of Outfield Sports,the overall series sponsor.Thanks also to the residents of the Ash Park area for their co-operation on the night and to Carrick Swan GAA Club for the use of their excellent facilities.Carrick Red Cross and the local Garda Siochana helped ensure that the race was run safely.Our sincerest thanks go to the many volunteers who acted as stewards on the night, among them our friends in Portlaw Red Cross.
The next race in the Three-Counties Challenge will be the Champion Kiely Ballyneale 5k, sponsored by Mr. Binman, on Friday July 1st at 7:30pm.
Deadman’s 5 Winners:
Senior Men  1st Brian Murphy (Carrick AC) 25:35  2nd Ravis Zakis (West Waterford) 25:46  3rd Philip Harty (West Waterford) 26:05
O/40 1st Declan Doherty (Thurles Crokes) 28:24    O/45 1st Pat O’ Sullivan (Carrick AC) 27:40
O/50 1st Brendan Cronin (Carrick AC)  29:48         O/55 1st Joe Gough (West Waterford) 29:31
O/60 1st Joe Grinsell (Clonmel AC)  38:03              Junior: 1st Gary Cantwell (KCK) 28:34
Team 1st Carrick AC : Michael Murphy,David Waters,Tommy Falconer
Senior Ladies  1st Siobhan O’ Doherty (Borrisokane) 28:09  2nd Angela McCann (Clonmel) 29:51  3rd Sylvia Malone (Waterford AC) 29:52
O/35 1st Martina O’ Dwyer (Carrick AC) 30:07          O/40 1st Andrea Gaffney (West Waterford) 34:44
O/45 1st Josie Ui Chuirrin (West Waterford) 35:22     O/50 1st Bernie Prendergast (Wet Waterford)   37:19
O/55 1st Bernie Sexton (Carrick AC)  41:48               O/60  1st Terri Gough (West Waterford)  49:42
Other Carrick AC Finishers:
Patrick Roche 28:12 ; David Foley 30:07 ; Cornelius McFadden 30:27 ; Anthony Grace 31:56 ; Michael O’ Connell 32:03 ;
Keith Barry 32:09 ;  Tom Egan 32:21 ;  Mark Connolly 32:48 ;  Andrew O’ Meara 33:54 ; Andrew Downey 34:02 ;
Barry Torpey 34:17 ; John O’ Meara 35:31 ; Gordon Collins 35:32 ; Nanette O’ Connell 36:01; Ray Nolan 37:30 ;
Paul O’ Donnell 37:47 ; Geraldine Houlihan 38:39 ; Ann Cronin 39:05 ; Tara O’ Donnell 39:48 ; Aisling Skerrit 39:54 ;
Ethan Blackmore 41:58 ; Geraldine Clery 42:57 ; Mark Corcoran 43:26 ;
Prestige Lighting Fit-for-Life
The fit-for-life programme was a great success again this year with many who are new to running joining the meet ‘n train groups each week.A get-together with the Clonmel AC Fit-for-Life team is planned for this Wednesday evening in Ballyneale at 7:00pm in order to sample the course for the upcoming Champion Kiely 5k.All are welcome.
The club would like to thank Michael Conway of Prestige Lighting for generously sponsoring this very important programme and also all those who helped with the organisation each week.
Fixtures
Fri. 17th June : Old Still Bar Clashmore 5, 8pm
Thurs. 23rd June : Dave Fogarty 4-mile road race, Thurles 8pm
Fri. 24th June : Dungarvan Leader Dromana 5 miles, Villierstown, 8pm
Fri. 1st July : The Champion Kiely Ballyneale 5k, 7:30pm

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