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Athletics News - Sunday 26 Oct 2008

Athletes On Irish teams

Four Tinryland athletes were successful in the Veteran trials which were held in conjunction with the Gerry Farnan Cross Country in the Phoenix Park on Sunday. Pat Byrne won the over 35 section and will captain the Irish team. He also finished in the top 15 overall in this event. Tommy Payne won the over 50 section with Eddie Walsh finishing 6th in the over 50 to gain the 6th and final qualifying spot. John Joe Murphy will captain the over 55 team after running another fine race in that section.
The Home Countries International will take place in Swansea, Wales on Sunday November 15th.

Kehoe Wins Novice Title

Mick Kehoe was a fine winner of the Mens Novice event at the Carlow Cross Country Championships in Ballon after a great battle with teammate PJ Byrne. Mick, who teaches in Carlow CBS only took up athletics less than 2 years ago. The recent coaching sessions from uncle Tommy Payne saw him pull away in the last 800 metres to win his first title. Mick has made incredible progress in the past year and looks set to feature prominently on the Tinryland team for the Carlow Senior Cross Country in a few months time. Jeremiah O'Sullivan and JJ Murphy completed the winning Tinryland team in 3rd and 4th positions.

In the Juvenile events, Tadhg Roche was an impressive winner of the Boys Under 9 event while Katie Doyle and Tommy Monahan won bronze medals in the Girls Under 15 and Boys Under 17 events respectively. Tinryland also won silver medals in the Girls Under 11 and Boys and Girls Under 13 team events

Payne Wins Masters Title

A week after his nephew Mick Kehoe took the Carlow Novice Title, Tommy Payne once again proved his class with a comfortable win in the Carlow Masters Cross Country in Tinryland on Sunday last. After a close battle with team mate PJ Byrne during the opening three laps, Payne gradually broke away to win yet another Carlow Masters title. In 3rd position after Byrne was Jeremiah O'Sullivan with Denis Shannon running a good race to finish 4th and complete the winning team. Other locals to finish were Billy Abbey 5th, Ger Kelly 6th and Kevin Cuddy 7th.
Ann Brennan was 4th in the Masters Ladies event which was won by Brid Long of LOT.

In the Juvenile events, there were again some fine performances by Tinryland athletes. Mary Ann O'Sullivan held off her sister Muireann to win the Girls Under 16 event while other medallists were Ellen Atkinson 2nd Girls Under 10 and Donal Curran 3rd Boys Under 16. The Girls Under 10 team and the Girls Under 16 team both won County Gold medals.

In the Ferns 4 mile road race, Tinryland were 2nd team behind host club SBR with Pat Byrne 2nd in 20 mins 20, Dwayne Farrell 4th in 20.37, Tommy Payne 12th and 1st over 50 in 21.12 and Eddie Walsh 18th in 23.18.

Deirdre Doyle also maintained her fine recent form by winning the Junior Ladies section in the Rathfarnham 5km on Sunday.

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