Athletics News - Thursday 12 Jan 2006
Byrne clinches seventh Carlow cross country title
PAT Byrne won his 7th consecutive Carlow Cross Country Title in fine style in Tinryland on Sunday. Byrne, who had only raced for Ireland in the Belfast International Cross Country the day before, proved his class with a fine display of front running over the 9.5 km course. After the first lap, there was a breakaway group consisting of Byrne, 13-time winner Tommy Payne, Dwayne Farrell and Brian Kirwan of LOT.
By the conclusion of the next circuit, Byrne had established his winning lead but an exciting battle was emerging between the other athletes for the remaining medal positions. Byrne, who had competed with distinction for Ireland in the Belfast Cross Country International only the day before, gradually stretched his lead to win in a time of 28 mins 35.
The silver medal was eventually won by Kirwan in 29 mins 28 who just held off the more experienced Payne in the closing stages of the race.
With another individual medal, Payne continued his amazing record of not finishing outside the top 3 since 1980.
In 4th position was Dwayne Farrell who had a slightly disappointing race by his own high standards. Arguably the star performer on the day for Tinryland was 55 year old Irish Masters International JJ Murphy in 5th place who is certainly the oldest man to win a Carlow Senior CC Team Medal. Another Tinryland athlete to run well was former Eire Og and Carlow Football Star Willie Quinlan who had his best performance in these championships to finish 6th.
The winning Tinryland team was completed by Jeremiah O’Sullivan in 7th with the other top 10 places filled by clubmates Eddie Walsh 8th, John Maye 9th and Patrick Mullins 10th.
Deirdre Doyle had a good race to finish 5th in her first Carlow Senior Cross Country Championships. The race was won by Eilish Connery of LOT.
Senior Men 9.5 km
1 Pat Byrne (Tinryland) 28:35
2 Brian Kirwan (LOT) 29:28
3 Tommy Payne (T) 29:40
4 Dwayne Farrell (T) 30:22
5 JJ Murphy (T) 32:12
6 Willie Quinlan (T) 32:33
7 Jeremiah O'Sullivan (T)
8 Eddie Walsh (T)
9 John Maye (T)
10 Patrick Mullins (T)
11 Joe Doheny (T)
12 PJ Doyle (T)
13 Sean Doyle (T)
14 John Stephens (T)
15 Anthony Geoghegan (LOT)
16 Kevin Cuddy (T)
Ladies 3 km
1 Eilish Connery (LOT)
2 Laura Scriven (LOT)
3 Katie Duggan (LOT)
4 Eileen Cantwell (LOT)
5 Deirdre Doyle (Tinryland)
Tinryland were very successful in the juvenile relays and won all of the races on the days programme. The following teams won their races:
Boys Under 12: (Craig Coffey, Shane Hegarty, Tommy Murphy, Adam Murphy)
Boys Under 16: (Peter Morgan, Chris Costello, Paul Costello, Alan Kirwan, Darren Murphy)
Girls Under 12: (Alison Farrell, Nicole Hanley, Dervla Kelly, Jenny Doheny)
Girls Under 14: (Mary Ann O’Sullivan, Ellen Meaney, Jemina Kirwan, Eleanor McDonald, Isabel Hegarty)
Pat Byrne also had a fine outing in the Belfast International Cross Country at Stormont on Saturday. The Army Man was the 24th overall and 5th Irishman home behind Internationals Alistair Cragg, Seamus Power, Joe McAllister and Mark Hanrahan.