Race report by Karol Cronin from the Dublin Novice 2013

‘Cross country season returned to a mild October day kicking off with the Dublin Novice Race. The race had taken place in The Phoenix Park in recent years but was switched to St Annes Park in Raheny. The 1.5k course was soft, flat and fast, meandering around fields and forest trails. With a huge amount of support out, it created a great bit of excitement for the runners.

The women’s 3k race got off first with Caroline Conway finishing brilliantly in 11th place. All the other girls performed really well and placed 9th overall in the team result.

The men’s 6k race took place next, with a strong team fielded hoping for a team result. Karol Cronin finished an amazing 2nd place with the help of good support and cheers from the side and sound pre-race advice from Emily and Myles. The team finished in 5th place and everyone ran really well with Mark Small making his cross-country debut.

Well done to all the runners and the fantastic support out there. A big thanks to Raheny Shamrocks for organizing the race and providing refreshments afterwards. Next race up is The Gerry Farnan cross-country Oct 20th.’


Women’s Race

Caroline Conway 11th
Claire Bailey 31st
Niamh Flaherty 46th
Sinead Friel 47th
Catherine Gilmore 60th

Men’s Race

Karol Cronin 2nd
Damien Kelly 25th
Gareth Murrin 32nd
Conor Tully 45th
Mark Small 63rd
Kevin Curran 70th
Olivier 78th