2014 Christmas Club Hamper Race

The 2014 Christmas Club Hamper Race was held this morning in very mild, dry conditions for the time of year but with a strong wind it contributed to a tough race. There was a great attendance for the race, which was split into two groups with a 6min handicap. The first group went off from the Iron bridge, setting a very steady pace in the windy conditions, followed 6 mins later by the scratch group. Cathal Moynihan set a blistering pace from the gun, which took its toll in the first few kms and split the scratch bunch into two groups. Good teamwork by the last group saw them narrowing the gap coming into Farranfore, however after the turn for the airport, the tailwind saw Moynihan's group pull together and extend their lead back out again. All three groups made short work of the tailwind section, but the home stretch was again a tough windy slog, which the saw Moynihan's group eat into the leaders time gap, catching them with 3 kms to go. It was all together at the top of the hill before the descent to the finish line, and in the final gallop it was Cathal Moynihan who took the win, with Mike Leahy second, and Michael O'Sullivan in third. Afterwards, Prizes were presented back in Manor West Hotel, where riders also enjoyed well appreciated hot refreshments. Micheal O'Callaghan won the raffle for the hamper. Thanks to all who took part and also a special thanks to Martin Lacey, Bernard Keane, Dan Moynihan, Tom Sheehy and Michael O'Callaghan for the excellent marshalling , lead cars, and moto marshall. Big thanks as always to Manor West Hotel, and of course to Whytes Centra of Kenmare & Castleisland who sponsored the beautiful hamper for the raffle.

RESULTS :

  • 1st Cathal Moynihan
  • 2nd Mike Leahy
  • 3rs Michael O'Sullivan
(L-R) 2nd Mike Leahy. 1st Cathal Moynihan. 3rd Michael O'Sullivan

(L-R) 2nd Mike Leahy. 1st Cathal Moynihan. 3rd Michael O'Sullivan

Members Of Tralee Manor West BC, before their 2014 Club Hamper Race. (L-R) Martin Lacey, Jerry McCarthy, Tony Daly, Cathal Moynihan, Seamus Hoare, Barry Murphy, Michael O'Connell, John Stitson, Michael O'Sullivan, Mike Leahy, Mikey Moriarty, Cillian Tierney, Cian Smailes, Oran Pierse, Cormac Daly, Cian Hogan, Matt Lacey, Bernard Keane

Members Of Tralee Manor West BC, before their 2014 Club Hamper Race. (L-R) Martin Lacey, Jerry McCarthy, Tony Daly, Cathal Moynihan, Seamus Hoare, Barry Murphy, Michael O'Connell, John Stitson, Michael O'Sullivan, Mike Leahy, Mikey Moriarty, Cillian Tierney, Cian Smailes, Oran Pierse, Cormac Daly, Cian Hogan, Matt Lacey, Bernard Keane