County Cross Country Championships 1/11/09

While most of us were recovering from Trick or Treating our Junior and Senior Men and Women were preparing for the County Championships. To start of the morning most of us woke to the sound of none stop rain and gusts of wind which created a lovely mud bath and tough running conditions in St Annes Park Raheny.

First off we had Junior Men. Sean ran a very steady race to finish in 23rd Place overall in a time of 23.59. Well Done Sean.

Next we had the Senior Women

First of all I would like to welcome a new member to the club Caitriona Jennings and to welcome her on the Senior Women Team. Caitriona led the girls team for most of the race. On the last lap all the girls ran together, showing great team spirit. At 600m to go Aoife made a break to catch our leading girl Caitriona, jean in turn followed. Our girls finished first by Aoife Brady in 8th place time of 24.13, Jean Wilson (showing great fitness after time off) in 10th place time of 24.16, Catriona in 11th place time of 24.21, Lucy Darcy (with a great run after the marathon last week) in 12th place time of 24.22, Crona Brady (still showing huge improvement) 14th place time 24.29 and Stephanie Bergin (in one of her first senior races) 22nd place time 26.32. For the first time in many many years the girls team brought gold medals home for the club in the county championship. Well Done Girls, you done us proud.

To finish of the day the Senior Men

As always this is a very very competitive race and our lads did very well.
First home for the club was Paul O’Connell (who showed great strenght and stamina after last weeks marathon) in 17th place time 34.20, Phil Kilgannon was next (who is coming back very strongly after injury) in 24th Place 35.14, Michael Cunningham (with huge improvement)47th place time 37.01, Paul Duffy in 54th place time 37.34, Ronan Merrick in 60th place time 38.54 and closely behind Garreth Murran in 62nd time 39.10. Well done lads.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Aoife Brady the best of luck next weekend in Belgium, she has been picked to run on the Irish Team. We are delighted for Aoife and know she has work so hard for this. She will do us very proud. Good luck x.

Report By
Orla Fleming