Registration is now officially open to accept participants for the popular Tipperary Ladies Mini Marathon; which will be held on Sunday September 25th, beginning at 11.00am here in Thurles.
This year marks the seventh year of this 10k Ladies Mini Marathon, which has grown from strength to strength since its initial inauguration, first performed here in Thurles in 2010. This year International Athlete and the winner of the 2016 Dublin Mini Marathon, Ms Siobhan O’Doherty, was kind enough to launch this upcoming 2016 event.
Note: The ‘Registration Fee’ required for this event is €15 up to and including August 31st next. Following the August date date a registration fee will cost €20, up to the closing date for entries which remains strictly Monday September 19th 2016, (at close of business, plus online reg. fee).
The Course is A.A.I Certified – Chip Timed – and entrants must be over 18 years of age. All participating entrants will receive a Medallion and a Technical T-Shirt. Spot prizes will also be distributed randomly and a charitable donation of €200 will also go to the largest ‘Charity Fund-Raising Group’ registered to compete at this event.
Thurles 2016 Marathon Route
As already stated, this event will start sharp at 11.00am, following a warm up on the Thurles LIT Campus, with those participating being asked to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of this event.
The official start line will direct participants over the Jimmy Doyle Bridge, to turn right, moving southwards onto the Templemore road. The race route will then lead into Thurles, traversing the town’s Liberty Square unto the Sleive-na-Mon Road; to take the first exit off the roundabout opposite Thurles Shopping Centre. Runners will follow the Clongour Road, passing Thurles Golf Club as far as Turtulla Cross, before then turning left onto the Archerstown Road and again keeping left onto the Mill Road; now moving northwards back to Thurles, before again turning left at the Roundabout on the main Thurles to Dublin road. The route will then follow westward along Kickham Street; taking the first exit left on the Cathedral Street Roundabout, passing Thurles Cathedral, to cross the river Suir on Barry’s Bridge and into Liberty Square. Continuing to stay on the left side, runners will turn right after the pedestrian traffic lights, turning again out of the Square and retracing their steps back along the Templemore road, before turning, once more, left at Cluin Glas and back over the Jimmy Doyle Bridge, to cross the finishing line, safely positioned on the Thurles LIT campus.
Motorists and other road users are asked to take exceptional care on Sunday September 25th, if moving about in the vicinity of this Thurles race route.
Participants must wear, at all times, their official Race Numbers and Chip Timing. These may be collected at the CTI, the Mall on Saturday 24th September 2016 between 10.00am and 2.00pm or on Sunday 25th September 2016 between 8.00am and 9.30am.
- Swapping of race numbers is not permitted.
- Participants must be over 18 years of age.
- No headphones are permitted be worn by participants, for obvious safety reasons.
- Parking will be available on the day in Thurles Crokes AC across the road, west of the Thurles LIT main building.
- Participants are responsible for their own safety and are participating at their own personal risk.
- All participants must obey the rules of the road at all times and be fully aware of other road users, as this event will be run on open roads.
- Participants must obey fully the instructions of the Gardaí, Civil Defence and the event’s Marshalls, at all times.
Note all ‘Postal Registrations’ will be welcomed and should be addressed to:- ‘Tipperary Sports Partnership, Clonmel Office, Ballingarrane House, Ballingarrane, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary’; while those wishing to Register on-line may do so by visiting HERE
If you are a participant we know you will enjoy the day and if you are not participating do come along as a spectator and support this most enjoyable of Thurles events.
Riding his mount MHS Going Global today, Thurles and Ireland’s Greg Broderick has failed to make it through to the third round of the individual show jumping event in Rio.
Greg and his mount were among 65 partnerships that qualified for today’s second round, but alas their eight faults from round one meant they had left not margin for error today.
Regrettably four faults incurred at the water jump and a time fault today, saw horse and rider finish in a tie for 50th place, with only the top 45 permitted to progress to the next round.
Horse Sport Ireland Show Jumping team manager Mr Robert Splaine stated, after today’s event, that no one could be disappointed with the performance of either Greg or his mount, as both had jumped fantastically well in both their rounds on last Sunday and today.
Thurles born Greg Broderick & his mount MHS Going Global.
Tipperary and Ireland’s sole rider Greg Broderick, together with his horse HMS Going Global, sent two poles to the floor, as he began his Olympic first round competition in individual show jumping at Deodora Olympic Park in Rio today.
With temperatures touching 30ºC, the Thurles native and his 10-year-old gelding looked all set for a clear round, but alas the pair knocked the first and second part of a troublesome double hurdle just one fence from home, to finish incurring eight faults.
Brazilian course designer Guilherme Jorge admits to setting a stiff test for today’s Olympic equestrian opener, with the water and final fences both causing horses and riders problems. Twenty four riders did jump clear rounds, while eight riders and their mounts did not finish today’s course.
From a starting field of 75 horse and rider combinations, the pair are now in a tie for 53rd place overall, after today’s first round qualification. Only the top 60 riders were permitted to advance to next Tuesday’s second qualifier and just 45 individuals will be allowed go through to Wednesday’s final qualifier, when the winning top 35 will qualify to go forward to next Friday’s overall final, expected to happen between 6.00pm and 9.30pm (Irish Time).
Broderick will now be aiming for both clear rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday next, thus ensuring a place in the finale.
Meanwhile Kildare woman and Ireland’s Judy Reynolds with her horse Vancouver K; following a terrific display in the Grand Prix Special on Friday, became the first Irish woman ever to reach an Olympic final in Dressage. Mrs Reynolds will be representing Team Ireland in the Freestyle Final on Monday in Rio.
Best of Luck to both Team Ireland riders.
Full-Time in All-Ireland SHC semi-final: Tipperary 2-19 (25pts) – (Galway 2-18 (24pts).
In a titanic clash between Galway and Tipperary today in Dublin’s Croke Park; while in front of some 54,000 spectators, Tipperary won with a 1 point margin, to face Kilkenny once again in September’s All Ireland Hurling final.
In the first minute Joe Canning slotted over the first point for Galway, in an over shoulder movement. Same was quickly answered by points from Tipperary’s Noel McGrath and Michael Breen and in turn answered again by Galway’s Conor Whelan.
Following a super build up from Galway; Conor Cooney then rifled the first goal of the game into the back of the net. However two minutes later Tipp’s Seamus Callanan and Michael Breen had both replied, leaving the scoreboard, after the first 10 minutes, reading Galway 1-02 (5pts) to Tipperary’s 0-04
Points from Galway’s Cooney, Canning, Manion and Tipperary’s Callanan and Noel McGrath, saw the sides equal again by the 23rd minute with Galway 1-06 (9pts) to Tipperary 0-09. Further points from Galway’s David Burke, Joe Cooney, and Canning together with Tipp’s Seamus Callanan see the half-time tally with Tipperary shading the score line with two points in arrears; Galway 1-10 (13pts) – to Tipperary’s 0-11.
Second Half .
Following a hamstring injury, alas ‘Tribesman’ Joe Canning was unable to take part in the second half and by the 40th minute Tipperary’s Callanan and Forde points had cancelled the Premier Counties indebtedness, with Galway 1-11 (14pts) to Tipperary’s 0-14.
Tipperary took the lead briefly following a point from a free by Callanan, however same was short lived with a goal (3 pts) courtesy of Galway’s Joseph Cooney, in the 44th minute; score Galway 2-12 (18 pts) – Tipperary 0-15.
With 23 minutes of ordinary time left to play, Tipperary now introduce John O’Dwyer from the bench, into full forward line.
Points from determined Tipperary’s Callanan, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher and Noel McGrath and an equally determined Galway’s Conor Cooey, Harte, and Smith combine to cancel Tipperary’s efforts and by the 60th minute, Galway remain 2pts ahead; Galway 2-15 (21 pts) to Tipperary’s 0-19.
With this 2 point lead by Galway, Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer rides out all the challenges to rifle home that longed-awaited first goal for the Premier County, which arrived in the 62 minute. Galway replied with a 30 metre free to score another point, but two minutes later, in the 64th minute, yet another goal is added to Tipperary’s tally; Tipperary 2-19 (25 pts) – Galway 2-16 (22 pts).
With Tipperary 3 points in the lead, Galway are not vanquished yet, but with 2 points from Conor Cooney and Shane Maloney and despite 2 minutes of extra time added on, Tipperary held on to their lead, to claim the day.
Tipperary Senior Team: D. Gleeson; C. Barrett; J. Barry; M. Cahill; S. Kennedy; R. Maher; P. Maher; M. Breen; D. McCormack; B. Maher; N. McGrath; J. McGrath; S. Callanan and N. O’Meara.
Subs: J. O’Dwyer for N. O’Meara, J. Forde for N. McGrath, S. Curran for M. Breen and T. Hamill for S. Kennedy.
Tipperary Minor Hurling Team
All in all a bad day for Galway hurlers with Tipperary’s All-Ireland Minors also winning their hurling championship semi-final this afternoon against the ‘Tribesmen’, with a score of Tipperary 7-12 (33 pts) to Galway’s 2-12 (18pts), thus gaining revenge for last year’s final defeat against Galway, as they romped home with a 15-point win to earn themselves a place in the minor final against Limerick on September 4th next.
Tipperary Minor Team: C. Barrett; K O’Dwyer; M. Whelan; G. Dunne; C.Flanagan, B. McGrath; J. Cahill; P. Cadell; G. Browne; R. Doody; J. Morris; C. English; L. Fairbrother; M. Kehoe and C. Darcy.
Subs: D. Walsh for C. English, S. Neville for J. Morris, D. Ryan for G. Dunne, C. Stakelum for L. Fairbrother and J. Kelly for M. Whelan.
Final Score: Tipperary 5-20 (35 Pts) – Waterford 0-13.
Tipperary’s John McGrath and Seamus Callanan were the leading scorers, as the Premier County easily dismantled Waterford’s Déise side, in yesterday afternoon’s Munster SHC final at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Both men generated a collective total of 4-13 (25 pts); with McGrath chalking up 3-02 (11 pts), and Callanan 1-11 (14 pts); both combining their immense hurling talents.
Tipp will now advance to an All-Ireland Semi-Final on August 14th next, leaving a dejected Waterford to face Wexford in the quarter-finals on July 24th.
Today’s meeting of Derek McGrath’s Waterford charges against Michael Ryan’s Tipperary demolition crew, mean that the former have lost their last five Munster final appearances against the latter, since 2009 and most recently just last year.
Perhaps it was the inclement weather conditions prevailing or perhaps it was a disastrous game plan, but overall it was a poor hurling first-half. While Waterford came out of the blocks sharply and reacted very well to Tipp’s first-half nine minute goal; 15 minutes later their game plan had collapsed, never to return.
Despite this, at half time the scoreboard showed Tipperary a mere two points clear; Tipperary 1-07 (10 pts), to Waterford’s 0-08; the points on both sides coming from Tipp’s S. Callanan, J. McGrath’s goal, and Padraic Maher, with the Déise’s contribution arriving via P. Curran, A. Glesson, P. Mahony, and J. Barron.
Just six seconds into the second half and Waterford’s Patrick Curran narrows the Tipp gap to just one point. However from that point onwards Waterford appeared to be reduced to producing a poor quality, almost schoolboy, style of hurling, which would lead to Tipperary unleashing a merciless intensity and to Waterford’s eventual annihilation.
Only 5 further points were to be added to Waterford’s tally over the next 39 minutes; coming courtesy of P. Mahony and P. Curran. Reading the game, Tipp now upped their intensity with scores arriving from S. Kennedy, S. Callinan, N. McGrath, J. McGrath, B. Maher, S. Callanan, and later Sub’s Jason Forde and Aidan McCormack.
Some 74 minutes of overall game time saw the Tipperary score at 5-20 (35 pts) to Waterford’s 0-13, with Tipperary easily taking their 42nd Munster title.
Kilkenny’s successful manager Brian Cody, as always, was lurking in the crowd today, continuing to view Tipperary form. Based on their more recent hurling presentations, he will have learned that perhaps Kilkenny may still have preparations to make, if they are to remain All-Ireland Hurling Title holders.
Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson; C. Barrett; J Barry; M. Cahill; S. Kennedy; R. Maher; P. Maher (0-01); B. Maher; M. Breen (1-01); D. McCormack; Patrick Maher ; N. McGrath (0-01); J. McGrath (3-02); S. Callanan (1-11), and N. O’Meara.
Subs: J. Forde (0-01) for N. O’Meara; S. Curran for D. McCormack; K. Bergin for B. Maher; A. McCormack (0-01) for N. McGrath and D. Maher for R. Maher.
Referee: B. Gavin (Offaly).