Athletics News - Wednesday 26 Jan 2005
National Cross Country Set for Tinryland
Tinryland will stage a major sporting event on Sunday next, January 30th when the Irish Masters and Intermediate Cross country championships will be held over the renowned course in the village with over 500 athletes from all over Ireland expected to participate.
The last time this event was staged in Tinryland was in 1996 when former Irish Olympian Gerry Kiernan took the Masters event. This year the Masters event should be a classic with a number of recent Internationals aiming for the title including Paul O’Callaghan (Clonliffe) and former Rockford winners Noel Berkeley (Dundrum) and Gerry Ryan (GCH).
Local athlete Tommy Payne together with JJ and Peter Murphy should all figure prominently in their respective categories in the Masters event.
The Tinryland team of Payne, the Murphy brothers and Jerry O’Sullivan should also be in contention for medals in the team section.
Former Ladies Mini Marathon winner Pauline Curley (Tullamore) will start as favourite in the Ladies Masters event while Colm Burke (St. Abban’s) and Mick Kelly (Gowran) should be in contention for the Intermediate Title along with some top athletes from Dublin such as National Novice CC winner Alan McCormack.
The 4 race programme commences at 1 pm with the Masters Women 4 km followed by the Masters Mens 7 km at 1.20 pm. The Intermediate Womens 4 km race at 1.50 pm will followed at 2.15 pm by the Intermediate Mens 10 km which is the final event of the day.