Athletics News - Sunday 7 Jan 2007
Carlow Senior Cross Country Championships Tinryland 07/01/2007
PAT Byrne won his eight consecutive Carlow Cross Country Title with another dominant display in a wet and windy Tinryland on Sunday last.
Having had a poor previous year by his own standards, Byrne returned to form with an excellent run which included a blistering opening lap of 4 mins 20 seconds.
The former Gowran athlete never looked likely to lose his 300m lead over the chasing group and won in a time of 30 mins 24, over 50 seconds ahead of runner up Kevin Lawlor of St. Laurence O’Tooles with the legendary Tommy Payne taking another medal in 3rd position and in the process continued his remarkable record of not finishing outside the top 3 in over 25 years of competition in this event.
Byrne has now equalled Denis Shannon’s record of 8 consecutive Carlow CC titles won in a succession. The next local athlete home was Dwayne Farrell in 7th position while there was a great battle between Eddie Walsh, JJ Murphy and PJ Byrne throughout with Walsh 9th edging out Murphy 10th with Byrne in 11th.
Other Tinryland athletes to finish the event were Willie Quinlan 13th, John Maye 14th, Joe Doheny 15th, Sean Doyle 16th and Billy Abbey 19th. LO’T regained the team title with a total of 37 pts with Tinryland on 41 pts.
Great credit must go to Deirdre Doyle had an outstanding run to win the Senior Womens 3km in a time of 12 mins 30, having led throughout. This was a great performance by the young athlete who was 5th in this event last year. Doyle led home the Tinryland team of Tina Doyle 6th, Margaret O’Sullivan 7th and Ann Delaney 9th.
The next event on the calendar is the Leinster Cross Country Championships and Juvenile Relays in Tinryland on Sunday January 21.
Senior Men 9.5 km
P Name Club Time
1 Pat Byrne Tinryland 30-24
2 Kevin Lawlor LOT 31-15
3 Tommy Payne Tinryland 31-36
4 Johnny Dowling LOT 32-16
5 Brian Kirwan LOT 32-34
6 Neil O'Rourke LOT 32-38
7 Dwayne Farrell Tinryland 33-19
8 Andrew Murphy LOT 33-46
9 Eddie Walsh Tinryland 35-01
10 JJ Murphy Tinryland 35-02
11 PJ Byrne Tinryland 35-13
12 Colin Payne LOT 35-34
13 Willie Quinlan Tinryland 35-54
14 John Maye Tinryland 36-46
15 Joe Doheny Tinryland 38-15
16 Sean Doyle Tinryland 38-56
17 Patsy Snoddy LOT 40-11
18 Eugene Kirwan LOT 40-37
19 Billy Abbey Tinryland 42-32
1st- LOT (2,4,5,6,8,12) 37 pts
2nd- Tinryland (1,3,7,9,10,11) 41 pts
Senior Women 3 km
P Name Club Time
1 Deirdre Doyle Tinryland 12 31
2 Katie Duggan LOT 13 05
3 Aisling Kinsella LOT 13 11
4 Louise Nolan LOT
5 Niamh Heffernan LOT
6 Tina Doyle Tinryland
7 Margaret O''Sullivan Tinryland
8 Pamela O''Donoghue LOT
9 Ann Delaney Tinryland
1st- LOT (2,3,4,5) 14 pts
2nd- Tinryland (1,6,7,9) 23 pts