Dublin Novice CC 2009

Lorna the Longford lass shows ‘em how it’s done

Phoenix Park, Sunday October 11th – The magazine fort was the setting for Sunday’s Dublin novice cross country championship. Glorious sunshine and hard under footing at the famous Münich lap meant that each race went off like the proverbial clappers – and stayed that way for 3k/6k for the girls and guys races respectively. While meant for beginners, novice competitions represent a huge step up from Meet and Train or BHAA competitions, and the pace can be shocking for debutants to championship racing. However that didn’t bother our Lorna, who set the pace from the gun to get away from a possibly record turnout of over 70 girls and 12 teams. At 1k (3:15), she remained in a group of 6 hardy competitors who didn’t want to leave without silverware. After one lap (at the bell), she piled on the pressure and the only one able to live with this was Rathfarnham WSAF’s Carole Pauli. A tactical race between the two was looking on the cards when they turned back into the forest with 1k left. Lorna was having none of it though, running with an exuberance and confidence that surprised most of us. Turning the last corner with 350m left and the wind behind her, she finished like an express train to take the biggest victory of her less than 4 year old career.

Lorna also led the red and white to team gold, where we had all 4 girls in the top 10 thanks to brilliant displays from Louise, Mairead and Susan. Also representing the club with honour were Ann, Helen and Barbara; gaining valuable experience from the occasion. From the event, all girls will have discovered what it takes to succeed at championship level, and that you get nothing without hard work and dedication.

Dublin Novice Cross Country 3000m Women’s Individual Result 2009

Position Name Club Time
1 Lorna Quinn Sportsworld 10:03
8 Louise Nolan Sportsworld 10:31
9 Mairead O Callaghan Sportsworld 10:33
10 Susan McDonnell Sportsworld 10:37
42 Ann Sweeney Sportsworld 12:58
56 Helen Dixon Sportsworld 13:22
61 Barbara McIntyre Sportsworld 13:48

Dublin Novice Cross Country 3000m Women’s Team Result 2009

Position Club Points
1 Sportsworld AC 28
2 Donore Harriers 42
3 Clonliffe Harriers 70

The men’s team were represented by more experienced athletes, and were touted by some to be team medal prospects before the start. However illnesses, pre entered athletes not turning up without any prior notice and a competitive field full of well managed people coming up from the junior ranks put pay to this. Nevertheless, we came an impressive 5th out of 15 teams, beating many of the traditional cross country powerhouses. Around 100 athletes went to post, and our brightest prospect Paul Duffy led his team home. Hovering on the periphery of the top 10 for most of the race, the legs went in the final lap; but Paul can be very happy with his place well inside the top 20. Performances of the day for the men’s team were a joint effort between Mikey & Paul Mitchell, as both ran very sensible races to come through in the top 30 and 40 respectively.

The scoring was completed by Gareth who ended just outside the top 40. Colm wasn’t far behind, and while he found that the step up from IMRA races to this level is a huge one, he will find that our cross country practice on Saturday mornings will make things a lot easier. The karate kid Kildare man Colin McCarthy ran a fine race to end up in the top 60, with Donegal man Liam McFadden just behind. Mark Dunne was going well until he felt hamstring pain which forced his race to come to a premature end.

The day ended with a few celebratory pints in Rody Boland’s. Championship wise, next up in the Dublin Intermediates XC which takes place on the last Sunday in November in Tymon Park, which usually is an easier task than the novice for some reason. We may also have Sean in action in the Dublin U18s at the magazine fort next Sunday.

Dublin Novice Cross Country 6000m Men’s Individual Result 2009

Position Name Club Time
1 Dave Fitzmaurice Clonliffe 18:24
16 Paul Duffy Sportsworld 20:14
27 Mikey Cunningham Sportsworld 20:48
38 Paul Mitchell Sportsworld 21:21
41 Garrett Murran Sportsworld 21:26
46 Colm Kennedy Sportsworld 21:54
59 Colin McCarthy Sportsworld 22:20
61 Liam McFadden Sportsworld 22:30
DNF Mark Dunne Sportsworld N/A

Dublin Novice Cross Country 6000m Men’s Team Result 2009

Position Club Points
1 Clonliffe Harriers 20
2 Rathfarnham WSAF 41
3 Donore Harriers 53
4 Dundrum South Dublin 112
5 Sportsworld AC 121

Race report by Packie