Phoenix Park last Sunday March 7th held the National Cross Country Championships on a cold but gorgeous dry spring day, who said cross country was about muck and rain and hardship. The senior girls where up first hoping to get Sportsworld an earned Senior Team gold medal. However even with some brilliant performances and a strong team it was not meant to be and the girls have to be content this year with National Bronze medals. Without an unlucky broken toe the girls times and places would of guaranteed them a gold.

On to the Mens race and it seemed strange doing the Munich lap in the sun having spent so many Saturday mornings running the lap in the rain and muck with only the thoughts of the Swiss deli afterwards keeping you going. But this was a slightly easier lap then we trained on but 6 continuous laps was keeping me awake at night and as usual the competition was fierce. This cross country season has seen a number of new guys coming out and doing the weekend training and travelling to the novice and intermediate races (not all making it to the final senior race) and it paid off with a very strong Sportsworld mens team running. Even though we had not trained in getting to the race start line on time the mens team got gold in Category B which now puts us up with the girls in Category A for next year.

A big thanks to all the Sportsworld members who came out on Sunday, the cheers and shouts made a big difference.