The All Ireland Inter Counties Cross Country Championships took place last Sunday in Ratoath in trying conditions. The Club had three athletes competing on the County Senior teams. In the Senior Ladies race over 8k, Angela McCann ran a brilliant race when finishing 40th and played a major role in helping the County Senior Ladies team win an historic All Ireland Division One Bronze medal along with her team mates Siobhan O’ Doherty 12th, Dympna Ryan 24th, Martina O’Dwyer 41st, Clare Annan 49th and Maria Fitzgibbon 58th. This was the County highest achievement at this level and Angela played a major role in this success.
In the Senior Men’s 10K race Niall McCormack competing at this level for the first time ran very well, going off steady and as the race unfolded he was making progress over what was now a very demanding course. Niall ran on strongly when finishing 67th and he was closely followed home by William Maunsell also making his debut at this level when finishing 74th. Along with their teams mates Kevin Moore 85th, David Shelley 86th, Tony Fogarty 95th and Shane Mullaney 120th they combined very well to win the Division Three Silver medals.
The Stook 10 Mile road race organised by Gowran A C took place recently and Club athletes ran well over what was a challenging course. Angela McCann underlined her recent good form when winning the Ladies race in 63 mins 1 sec in 18th place and she can look forward with confidence to the Waterford half marathon this weekend. Indeed many of our members were using this run as preparation for the Waterford Half Marathon. We saw good performances from Lar Martin 30th 66:14, James O’Brien 56th 70:51, Brian Carroll 66th 72:22, Noel Prendergast 69th 72:41, Mary Molloy 92nd 76:19, Justin O’Connor 93rd 76:29 and Niall McCarthy 104th 78:00.
This year the 4 mile road race takes place in Clonmel on St Stephen’s Day at 12 noon. This race has grown in stature over the years and is now firmly fixed on everyone’s calendar over the festive season. This race over a good course caters for all levels of abilities and all ages.
This year’s Prize list is as follows:
The winner of the race will receive 250 Euros. This year there will be Prizes for the following categories, Men: 1st 5 Men, 1st 3 0/40, 1st 2 0/45, 50, 1st 0/55,0/60,0/65 1st 3 Junior Men. There will be prizes for the Ladies in the following categories: – the 1st 5 Senior Ladies, 1st 3 0/35, 1st 2 0/40 and 1st 0/45 and 1st Junior Lady. There will also be some great Spot Prizes for down the field finishers, so come along and participate in a great event. This is an ideal event to raise funds for Charities. The Entry Fee is 10 Euros. For enquiries please contact Niall O Sullivan at 086 1660888.
Under 18 Girls are All Ireland Bronze Medallists
The Club travelled to Ratoath, County Meath for the All Ireland Even Age Group Cross Country Championships last Sunday. The underfoot conditions were very demanding over what was a relatively level course. Still this didn’t deter our athletes. In the Girls under 18 race competition was keen but our athletes stuck to the task with great determination and effort. Orlaith Moynihan led the charge by going out at a good tempo and despite the conditions was playing her part in helping the Munster team win the Inter Provincial Silver medals. Her great effort also inspired the rest of her club mates none more so than Aoife Laste who was running the race of her life with a brilliant effort over the final lap to finish 24th, four places behind Orlaith. Laura Tobin also ran very well especially in the latter stages as she made progress through the field when finishing strongly in 36th place. Megan O’Brien who had spent a few days last week in bed with the flu showed great determination and strength of character and Club spirit as word filtered back that the team was well positioned in the hunt for All Ireland medals. Megan’s determination saw her battle back strongly on the final lap to finish 51st and along with her team mates won the Inter Club All Ireland Bronze medals.
The next race was the boys under 18 race and here the team was dealt a double blow before the race with the late withdrawals of Sean Tobin and Evan Egan. Still the athletes gave it everything on a course that was deteriorating as each race went on. Michael Carey ran well getting into a good position that saw him battle all the way to the line to finish 18th. Neil Fox competing at this level for the first time ran very well when finishing 32nd and we also saw good performances from Jack Allen 43rd and Aidan Cremin 44th. This squad can be proud of their efforts as the majority of them are eligible again next year.
The Club would like to thank the many spectators that made the journey and in such trying conditions such support was appreciated by the athletes.