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Athletics News - Monday 10 Jan 2011

Byrne and Doyle win Carlow Cross Country Titles

Pat Byrne proved once again he is the man for the big occasion as he
won his record 12th consecutive Carlow Cross Country Title with
another great front running display in Tinryland last week. Having
established a 100m lead by the conclusion of the second circuit, Byrne
never looked in danger for the remainder of the 10km course and was a
convincing winner in a time of 30mins 39, 40 seconds ahead of nearest
challenger, the steadily improving Dwayne Farrell who is showing signs
that he can be a serious contender for this title in the coming years
on the back of a hugely impressive season at provincial level. With
the first two medals effectively decided by the half way point of the
race, the real interest for the spectators on the day was the great
battle for the bronze medal where Tommy Payne overhauled young LOT
athlete James Griffin in the 4th lap and maintained his narrow lead
all the way to finish line to once again finish on the podium, having
last won an individual medal in 2007. This run continued Payne's
incredible record at these championships, having won 13 Gold, 10
Silver and 4 Bronze Medals since first competing in the Carlow CC in
1980. With Eddie O'Neill 5th, Colin Payne 9th and Jerry O'Sullivan in
12th, Tinryland easily won their 28th Carlow Team title and regained
the Odlum Cup having lost out to LOT in Fenagh last year. Other
Tinryland athletes to complete the 10km event were Larry Murphy 14th,
John Smithers 17th, Denis Shannon 18th and Kevin Cuddy 20th.

In the Senior Womens 3km, there was an exciting race for the major
honours in the individual and team competitions with Tinryland
athletes Deirdre Doyle and Mary Ann O'Sullivan to the fore on the day.
Tinryland's DCU Scholarship athlete Doyle was the defending champion
and did not disappoint with another impressive front running display
to retain her title in a time of 11 mins 03 in what was her 4th Senior
Success to date. Another fantastic performance also came from the very
promising O'Sullivan who managed to overhaul former champion Eilish
Connery in the 2nd lap to take the silver medal. O'Toole's won the
team title on 18 pts, just 1 point ahead of Tinryland whose other
scorers were Nicole Hanley 7th and Jenny Doheny 9th.

There was also a number of juvenile races before the senior programme
with the following Tinryland athletes winning their respective events:

Girls Under 10- Robin Purser, Boys Under 10- Aidan Lillis, Girls
Under 12- Rachel Sawyer,Boys Under 12- Mikey Bambrick, Boys Under 14-
John Murphy, Girls Under 16- Ashleigh Farrell.

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