THERE was a big turnout for the Offaly Rowing Club time trial on the Grand Canal. A total of four time trial events were held with 20-30 competitors in each.
Apart from the odd rain shower, rowing conditions on the day was perfect with flat calm water. Clubs that travelled for the event included Athlone Rowing Club, Carrick- on-Shannon Rowing Club, Graiguenamanagh Rowing Club, Tree Castles Rowing Club, Queens College Rowing Club, St. Michaels Rowing Club and Waterford Rowing Club. Racing categories where Junior 12, Junior 16 men and women, Junior 18 men and women, senior men and senior women.
The overall fastest rower of the day was David Neale and he was presented with the Tullamore Time Trial millennium cup presented by former County Librarian Ms. Anne Coughlan.
There was success for the Offaly rowers in the time trial. Cathal Phelan, men junior 16, Alison Mooney, women junior 14 & 15, and Cillian Keenan, men junior 12, all won their respective events.
There was a win for Cillian Keenan who was presented with a World Rowing Championship T-shirt which were held in New Zealand in November 2010.
In the womens junior 14 category, Offaly was represented by Áine Murphy, Alison Mooney, Molly McKeagney and Orlaith O Brien. At junior 15 Ellie Mulhall and Alex Vickers rowed for Offaly. Chanelle O Dwyer and Claire Mangan represented the club at Junior 16 with Claire Mangan also competing in the Junior womens event. Senior women competing at the Tullamore time trial included Joanne Moran of Offaly Rowing Club and Sheila Clavin and Eimear Moran former Offaly rowers competing for St. Michael’s, Limerick and Three Castles, Blessington respectively.
A group of new rowers raced at junior 12 level, these were Billy Mulhall, Jason Dwyer, Andrew Walsh, Cillian Keenan, Tadhg Phelan and Dylan Cuskelly. James Fallon took part in his first competition the mens Junior 14 event, while James Peters raced twice at junior 15. In the junior 16 event, Cathal Phelan led in the field and Patrick Walsh put in a good performance. Cathal’s time was good enough for second junior 18 category, with Mantas Pukelis posting the next fastest time. John Neale and Anthony Gannon also raced in this event. Mantas and Anthony also raced in the senior category, as did a number of former members – David Neale, UCD, the overall winner, Ciaran Brady (Carlow) and Rory O’Connor (Queens University).
The fastest man and fastest time overall was Neale of UCD in 8 minutes 37.6 seconds. Fastest woman was Clavin of St. Michaels, Limerick in 9:14.2. Schone of Graiguenamanagh, 8:47.7 won the mens junior 18 section. The fastest junior woman was Ryan of Graiguenamanagh who was entered in the junior 16 section, in 9:59.3. Phelan of Offaly won the mens junior 16 section in 8:49.6, while Egan of Athlone was fastest mens junior 15 in 9:59.9. Junior 14 and 15 womens winner was Mooney of Offaly in 10:50.0. Scott from Carlow won the mens junior 14 in 10:00.8 and Keenan from Offaly the junior 12 in 11:34.3. Tom Kirby from 3 Castles, Blessington was fastest in the Mens Masters event.