And they’re off… ! With the cross country season now under way, it was a sizable bunch that travelled to Moyne to tackle the Novice A course. The under 18 boy’s had our own duo of Darren Dunne and Killian Cullagh. In the super style we have come to expect from this pair the battle for medals came down to the two with Darren Dunne claiming first and Killian Cullagh in second. Niall Mc Intyre took third to give the 1,2,3 to Nenagh. Well done lads!
In a fine display of ‘how not to do it’ the women’s race was delayed by the (un)fashionably late arrival of Sinnéad Oakes and Majella Moyles (and Eoin Woolley and Eoin Sheehan too but they weren’t actually late for their race). For reasons which need not be explained, it was all Eoin Sheehan’s fault. The ensuing warm up consisted of a sprint from the car to the start line where all the other women were patiently waiting in their skimpy shorts and singlets. With a ‘well don’t rush on our account’ type atmosphere in the air we luckily dodged having to dole out random apologies by an immediate start! The 4km course was lovely to be fair, not 100% flat as promised but almost, two laps of a looped course. Final tally was Sinnead Oakes in 5th, Majella Moyles in 16th, Claire Deering in 17th and Dorothy Cullagh in 33rd, the women’s team placed 5th overall.
In the men’s senior race which was just over 6km there was a super turnout with Keith Maher from Nenagh Olympic taking second overall. Eoin Wooley and Jp O Meara were next home with some really impressive running to come in 23rd and 28th, followed shortly by Eoin Sheehan, 35th, Eddie O Meara 37th Barry Creamer 45th and Ronan Walsh 48th . The men’s team placed 7th overall.
It was really smashing to see so many out representing Nenagh and putting in fine performances as well. As JP so eloquently summed it up when asked if he enjoyed the race, ‘I did like F##k, I’ve never enjoyed cross country’!
A special word of thanks goes to Mary Cullagh who, in the spirit of the club, was seen to fling herself in front of the chomping-at-the-bit, spike wielding, freezing-their-‘lil-tushies off women of Tipperary in order to delay the race start for the tardy ladies. While not quite the King’s horse, it certainly was an honourable strike for Nenagh women kind!