Downeys Nissan Laois Novice Road Race Championships 2017

Tom Lupton left it late but stormed to victory in the men's novice road race held in Ballyfin, with 600 meters to go Tom had drifted to third place but his never say die determination led him to victory. Portlaoise men won silver medal team with 1st place for Tom, John Campbell in 5th place, running his first novice road race, followed in 8th place closely by Paul Cuddy and 18th place for Donhnalll O'Farrell completing the team. Other members of the team were Joe Walsh, Alex McDonald and John Broderick. Well done lads.

Gold for Louise and Gold for the Ladies team. We had as many as 15 running in the red & white with 6 of these running their first championship road race. Louise Stack, on her senior debut, also stormed to victory in her first outing in this Novice Championship. She was followed in 3rd place by Joanne Carroll, 4th Maria Cuddy and 5th Anna Duggan, making up the winning team. Also running were Catherine Ryan, Olwyn Larkin, Ailbhe Culleton, Amanda McDonald, Norah McGrath, Lucy Dunne, Sarah Conroy, Tracy Gavin, Margaret Mary Grant, and Suzanne Miley. This was a very fast race and each and every lady worked very hard to hold their positions. Well done girls.

Fionn Marum & Amy Walsh were both in as guests in the novice races. Fionn had a great race coming home in 4th place overall. Amy Walsh also had a great run coming in 18th overall. Well done to both of these junior athletes.

Ballyfin Non Championship Juvenile Event

We had few Juveniles in Ballyfin, Those who were there performed to the very best and each one should be very proud of themselves. U10 girls Emma Jane Cuddy (3rd) U10 boys Fionn Cuddy(1st) and Tom McCauley. U12 Girls Caoimhe Cuddy (2nd) and Aoife Cuddy Boys U12 Oliver Macaulay and Jack Fennell. U14 girls Grace Meade. U18 Girls Kate Walsh (2nd). Well done to you all. your social media marketing partner

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