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Fethard AC create history at Tipperary Novice Cross Country Championships

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Fethard AC had a day to remember at last Sunday’s Tipperary County Novice Cross Country Championships in Galbally.

Hosted by local club Mooreabbey Milers under the shadow of the Galtee Mountains athletes from across the county descended on the village on the first Sunday in October which marks the start of the Cross Country season in counties up and down the length and breadth of the country.

Novice Cross Country races are known for being fiercely competitive with new talent emerging year-on-year. A lot of credit is due to clubs in this regard who constantly try and encourage more of their members to give Cross Country a go.

Conor Flaherty (Clonmel AC) and Louis Rice (Fethard AC) pulled away from the field in the early stages of the Men’s 6000m race, with Flaherty pushing gradually clear after halfway to take victory.

Rice took silver, while Barry Hartnett (Dundrum AC) won bronze.

Fethard A.C. win historic team title

In the team standings history was made as Fethard won their first gold in the event of the Athletics Ireland era with Louise Rice being joined by Emmet McNamara, Fintan Rice and James Maher.

They were presented their winners trophy by clubmate and county chairman Owen Fanning.

Fethard also took silver medals in the women’s team event, with Edel Roche, Paula Hendriksen and Carol Molloy making up the scoring members of the team.

In the race for individual honours, Niamh Cunneen (Nenagh Olympic AC) took gold ahead of fellow medallists Emma Murray (Clonmel AC) and Catherine Fogarty (Dundrum AC).

Clonmel won the team title.

For more details visit Fethard AC and Tipperary Athletics on Facebook.

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