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Athletics News - Thursday 21 Mar 2013

Payne Stars in European Championships

Congratulations are extended to Tinryland Athlete Tommy Payne on an excellent run in the European Masters Indoor Track Championships in San Sebastian, Spain last week. Running in the M55 3000 Final, Tommy was 6th in the final in a time of 9 mins 33.98 in a race and was only 3 seconds off a bronze medal position in the race which was won by Cesar Perez of Spain in a new Championship Record of 9 mins 24.89. The 13 time Carlow Cross Country Champion has been in fine form of late and has proved his credentials at this level on a National and International stage, having finished 3rd in the UK and Ireland Masters Cross Country in Belfast in November.

Also running well lately has been Pat Byrne who was a fine winner of the LOT Fit for Life 10km, having finished third in the Duncannon 10km both in a time of 32 minutes. Pat was also 4th in the Portlaoise 5km last week in a time of 15 mins 49.

Novice Title for Gahan

Newcomer Francis Gahan of Tinryland was a hugely deserving winner of the Carlow Mens Novice CC Championships which was held in excellent conditions in Tinryland on Sunday last. There was undoubtedly a record turnout for the Mens Novice 5km event with 40 athletes from all clubs in Carlow starting on the line. From the start this proved to be a highly competitive and exciting race with Wicklow native Gahan building up a small lead over James McAssey of LOT after the opening lap and went on to maintain this lead to the finish to record a hugely impressive debut victory ahead of McAssey with the experienced Jerry O'Sullivan taking the bronze medal while JJ Murphy 9th and PJ Blanche 11th completed the winning Tinryland team on 24 pts.

The Junior Mens event was held in conjunction with the Novice 5km event and was notable for the dominant run by the promising Tinryland Club athlete Jamie Wall who showed his potential with an excellent run in a time of 17 mins 17 which was the fastest recorded time of the day in all events.

The final event on the days programme was an open Fit for Life 3km event which proved to be a very enjoyable event on the challenging cross country for the large field of up to 40 runners. The event was won by local Chloe Nolan with Aideen Byrne also running well to place 5th.

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