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2012 CLUB HILL CLIMB CHAMPION IS TOMMY HANRAHAN

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Early on Sunday morning when we headed for Moynan’s shop for the pre-race meeting, the weather was so bad we didn’t really expect to find anyone but amazingly there was enough brave and hardy souls to run a race. By the time the race started, the rain had actually stopped but it was still windy. The route was from Castlelough car park to Portroe School – a distance of just 2.2 miles but tough! Tommy Hanrahan continued his run of great racing and took not only the fastest time but the Championship too while Pat Bergin took second in both categories, unable to overtake his colleague! In the race, Peter Moynan rode a great time to claim third place while Liam Callaghan had taken third in the flat race. In spite of the poor weather, five riders improved their times from last year – Pat, Liam and Duncan while Aidan and Tommy improved by a minute plus. Well done to all who turned out and rode so well!

That was the last race of the season and the club’s end of season get together wil be on Friday 19th October in Una Powell’s, Summerhill.

Tommy Hanrahan on his way to the Club Hill Climb Champioship
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2012 CLUB TIME TRIAL CHAMPION IS JOHN FOOTE

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Weatherwise, it was fingers crossed this morning but fortunately the rain stayed away and although it was breezy, conditions weren’t bad. Again, being near the end of the season, the sign-on wasn’t huge but it was a great race and some brilliant times were registered. The route was from Birdhill to the first Nenagh roundabout and return – a distance of 18.5 miles. In flat time, Tommy Hanrahan took his third win in a row with 44.03 while John Foote powered in at 45.36 and Pat Bergin was third with 46.26. When time adjustments were made Aidan Killeen, riding well within his time bonus took third place while Tommy Hanrahan claimed second and the 2012 Club Time Trial Champion is John Foote.

John Foote winning the Club Championship TT
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THE FLYING MILE

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The Flying Mile was held on Thursday evening (6th Sept) on a measured mile in the N52 bypass in glorious sunshine! And we added a 5th man to the total who have achieved under 2 mins and that was the very-in-form Tommy Hanrahan. He clocked in at 1.59 and very well done to him. He won the 3rd group while Brian O’Neill took group two and Aidan Killeen outpaced Duncan Hodgins for group 1. A good evenings sprinting and well done to all who took part.

Tommy Hanrahan - delighted with his time.
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2012 CLUB ROAD RACE CHAMPION IS TOMMY HANRAHAN

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The weather wasn’t good early, people were still on holiday and lads were away racing but we still had a reasonable sign-on. To add to our woes, we had to change the course at the last minute as resurfacing had taken place. In stead of the Ballinderry route, we used plan B, rugby club to Ballinamona into Toomevara and finish at Lisboney – still a course of 12 miles. There was a bunch sprint finish which meant we got the time adjustments right! Duncan Hodgins just pipped Peter Moynan to third place while Pat Bergin, last years winner slugged it out with Tommy Hanrahan for the win and and it was Tommy who reigned supreme to become 2012 Club Road Race Champion.

Tommy Hanrahan powering his way to the win.
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RESULT OF TT6 AND OVERALL RESULT OF TT SERIES

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It’s amazing the effect the weather has on club races. If it’s too wet, cold or windy only a few hardy souls turn up and if it’s too warm, sunny and dry, people have other things to do! So as last Thursday was a beautiful warm, sunny dry evening, the sign-on was low for TT6, the last in the series. The route was a 15 ml one from Rosemount, Carrigatoher to Birdhill and return. Of those who started out, two did not complete the course. Eoin Woolley punctured while Shane Scully had an disagreement with a difficult driver which sadly knocked him out of contention for an overall placing. ┬áTommy Hanrahan posted the fastest time of the night – an excellent 37.02 while John O’Carroll was second and Brian O’Neill third. Tommy also took third place in the race result with Aidan Killeen taking a fine second place while the winner of TT6 ( making it three wins out of six!) was John O’Carroll.
In the overall result of the flat race, Pat Bergin took the win over Tommy Harahan in second and Liam Callaghan in third. The third place in the J.Moynan TT Series went to Liam Callaghan, with Tommy Hanrahan in second while the winner was John O’Carroll. Very well done to all who took part over the six races – we had 28 in all – and very well done to the winners of the “race of truth”.

Tommy Hanrahan and John O'Carroll - fastest and stage winner.