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Athletics News - Monday 12 Sep 2005

Tinryland Win Bronze Medals at National Half Marathon

The Tinryland Senior Mens team of Pat Byrne, Dwayne Farrell and debutant Paul Doyle produced exceptional performances to win bronze medals in the National Half Marathon Championships in Tinryland on Sunday last. The event was the biggest of its kind ever to be staged in Carlow as over 300 athletes from all corners of Ireland lined up for 13-mile race. Last years Rockford Race winner Gerry Ryan of Galway City Harriers signalled his intentions from the start and opened up a 50m lead by the 2 mile mark. Despite the efforts of the chasing pack which included local athletes Pat Byrne, Borris native Mick Kelly and Colm Burke, the Loughrea man continued to build on his advantage and went on to win the race in an exceptional time of 64 mins 05 seconds. This was one of the most impressive displays by an athlete at these championships and is made even more remarkable by the fact that Ryan will turn 42 at the end of the year. In 2nd position in a time of 65 mins 52 was Irish Marathon International Garry Crossan of Letterkenny with Michael O’Connor of Galway City Harriers 3rd in 66 mins 18. In 4th place was Pauric McKinney of Letterkenny in 66 mins 24 with Irish International Paul McNamara of Athenry, who had a disappointing race on the day 5th, some 13 seconds further back. Latvian International Sandis Bralitis, who now resides in Tipperary was 6th with local favourite Pat Byrne 7th in a time of 67 mins 34. Mick Kelly of Gowran continued his fine recent form with an 8th place finish ahead of Colm Burke of St. Abban’s in 9th. There were also fine performances by Tinryland athletes Dwayne Farrell 11th and Castledermot native Paul Doyle in 14th.
The womens race was won in convincing fashion by long time leader Orla O’Mahoney of UCD in a time of 75 mins 43 with Lucy Darcy of Sportsworld 2nd and Jackie Carthy of Kilmore taking the bronze medal. In 4th was Anne Curley of Donore with Helena Crossan of Letterkenny finishing in 5th position.
The Senior Mens team event was won by Galway City Harriers with Letterkenny 2nd while Tinryland just held off Rathfarnham to clinch the bronze medals with some 20 teams completing the event.
The Masters team section was won by Sligo ahead of Tullamore and North East Runners. The womens event was won by Civil Service ahead of Sportsworld and West Waterford with Rathfarnham taking the masters team section.
After the race the prizegiving took place in the Tinryland GAA Centre, Rathcrogue which was also the race headquarters.
Great credit must go to all who helped to make the championships a huge success including Tinryland GFC, all the local volunteers and members of An Garda Siochana and the Civil Defence who ensured that the race ran smoothly throughout.
Tinryland has now staged National Championships at every level on both road and cross-country.

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