Harty & Fitzgibbon Win Borrisoleigh Mile sponsored by Declan Maher Financial Services

Ger Ryan, Declan Maher (Sponsor) and Liam Harty, winner of the Borrisoleigh Mile

Ger Ryan, Declan Maher (Sponsor) and Liam Harty, winner of the Borrisoleigh Mile

The resurrected Borrisoleigh Mile which was sponsored by Declan Maher Financial Services proved to be a huge success and a fitting tribute to two great stalwarts of the Tipperary Athletics scene. The event was organised in the name of both Ger Ryan and Paddy Dolan who for numerous years gave a tremendous service to the promotion of athletics in the Premier County.
 
The healthy entry of 159 participants were led home by Templemore’s Liam Harty who ducked under the finish gantry in an impressive time of 4:40. Four seconds later he was followed home by his club mate James Maher in while the third podium place was occupied by John Fitzgibbon of Thurles Crokes.
 
Following an outstanding performance from another Crokes athlete, the youthful Fred Crowley broke the tape in 4:45 to claim the Junior Boys grade. Larry Arthur of Derg A/C ruled supreme in the Over 40 grade in a time of 4:47 while local Track-Attacker John Slattery was the popular winner of the Over 50’s grade, stopping the clock at 6:07. In the Over 60’s grade, Martin Carroll of the Ballyskenach Club in Co. Offaly claimed the honours in a time of 7:19.
 
The in-form Thurles Crokes athlete Carmel Fitzgibbon is the first name to be etched on the Paddy Dolan Trophy by claiming the title thanks to a 5:32 winning performance. Second place went to Nenagh’s Ciara Cummins in a time of 5:50 with Laura Ryan claiming third in 5:59.
 
Paddy Dolan presenting Carmel Fitzgibbon with the Paddy Dolan Perpetual Trophy

Paddy Dolan presenting Carmel Fitzgibbon with the Paddy Dolan Perpetual Trophy

The winner of the junior women grade in a hugely impressive time of 5:35 was Nenagh’s Sarah Lane. Track-Attacker Eithne Kennedy scooped the Over 40 grade following a finishing time of 6:16 while the biggest cheer of the night went to Track-Attacker Teresa Murray when she claimed the Over 50’s in a time of 7:20.

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