Henness And Murnane Crowned Borris Mile Champions

Quantity and quality was the name of the game at the second annual Borrisoleigh Mile which was sponsored by Declan Maher Financial Services as close on 600 participants streamed over the finish line in the village square.

Right from the start, a fantastic battle up front developed between Nenagh’s Tom Hennessy and MSB’s John Coghlan with the Tipp man taking the initiative straight away. After battling against a head wind, both athletes geared up for blistering final 200 metres and in the end it was the talented Hennessy that kicked for home in impressive fashion to win in 4 minutes and 28 seconds, 4 seconds ahead of the Dublin man. Nenagh A/C completed an impressive night when Aaron Quigley secured the final podium place.

Henness And Murnane Crowned Borris Mile Champions

Men’s winner with Gerard Ryan

Tom Hennessy followed in Liam Harty’s footsteps to get his name etched on the Gerard Ryan Perpetual Cup. The Paddy Dolan Cup heads to the banks of the Shannon for the next 12 months thanks to the efforts of Limerick AC athlete Susan Murnane who cut 5 seconds off the previous course record to record an impressive victory in a time of 5:27.

Reigning champion Carmel Fitzgibbon of Thurles Crokes secured second place with a time of 6:05 while third place went to Dundrum’s Laura McCarthy Armstrong in 6:12.

Henness And Murnane Crowned Borris Mile Champions

L-R Gerard Ryan, Paddy Dolan presenting cup to Susan Murnane

The night was a fantastic advertisement for the sport of running at grassroots level. Athletes as young as 5 to some of the country’s finest competed in a brilliant sporting atmosphere. The success of the event can be attributed to a large number of people working together as a team. Track-Attack’s partnership with St. Joseph’s College and the Parents Association worked a treat and their organising of the catering in particular was of the highest standard possible.

A huge thanks to Sergeant Colm O’Brien and his team for their work on the night to ensure the safety of all participants. They were helped by Tom Mason and his team of stewards who again deserve great credit for their efforts and continued support for Track-Attack events. Thanks to our registration team who had a very busy night catering for the large numbers but did so in their usual professional fashion. Thanks to Christina O’Dwyer who was our First-Aid officer on the night and thanks to each member of the Track-Attack committee who worked tirelessly to ensure the smooth running of the event in recent weeks and everyone who contributed in any way.

The full race can be viewed on our Facebook page at Borrisoleigh Track Attack. We thank every one of the participants who supported our event and we hope to see you all on Tuesday 26th of June when we host the 5th annual Borrisoleigh 5km.

Finally Thanks to Declan Maher for his continued support for Track-Attack and our events. He has been our main sponsor for all our main events over the past two years for which we are extremely grateful.

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