Today, at the National Juvenile Cross Country Championships held in Dundalk, Rathfarnham was represented by Sophie Ritchie. Sophie who was selected to run in the colours of Dublin, ran in the Girls Under 12 race. Sophie has been in great form in the Juvenile Cross Country Leagues this season. Her selection is a great achievement and well deserved.
The final Juvenile League Cross Country of the season will be held in Tymon Park next Sunday 30th November @11am. Rathfarnham AC are hosting this race meeting, it would be great to see a big Juvenile entry! We would encourage the club's Juveniles to enter and finish off the season in style!
The October Edition of Irish Runner has recognised the achievements of Mark Ryan on the mountains, in winning the European Mountain Running M35 Masters title in Poland in July and bronze in the World Masters Mountain Running Championships in Austria in September. In the World championship event Mark and fellow Rathfarnham teammates Peter O'Farrell and Paul Fleming won the bronze team medal. This article is attached. Well done to all.
Congratulations to our two medal winners today, Zoe Ritchie in the Under 9 Girls and Lucie Ritchie in the Under 11 Girls, which were held in perfect weather conditions on the excellent Santry course. Our first athlete of the day in action was Zoe Ritchie. Running in the Girls Under 9 race, Zoe ran a terrific race to finish in 10th position. Next up was the Under 9 Boys in which Fionn Kelly and Matthew Smyth represented the club. The boys finished very strong and where extremley unlucky to finish outside the top 12. As usual the Girls Under 11 race had a huge entry, and this was also our largest entry, with five girls in total. First home for Rathfarnham was Lucie Ritchie in 11th position,and finishing next after running a very strong race was Ella Pasley. Our next finisher was Abbey Kelly, followed by Sophie Fasenfeld and Elena Cullen. Our last athlete of the day was Ellie Stapleton, who ran well in the Girls Under 13. Congratulations to all our athletes for their great displays. Thanks as usual to their parents for support and help. Full results will appear on the Dublin Athletics Board website. Next up is League 4 XC on 30th November in Tymon Park @ 11am. This is the last Juvenile XC for the season so we urge you to enter and finish the season off in style!
Juveniles that ran today, L to R: Elena Cullen, Sophie Fasenfeld, Ella Pasley, Abbey Kelly, Fionn Kelly, Matthew Smyth, Lucie Ritchie and Zoe Ritchie. Missing from photo Ellie Stapleton.
Well done to our senior men's team who took the bronze team medal in the Dublin Senior Cross Country Championships in Santry today over a testing 10k course. First home from the Club was Mark Ryan, who ran very well and worked his way through the field over the 5 lap course to finish 8th in a time of 29.22. Mark was followed by Louis McCarthy (14th in 29.52), Matthew Horrigan (18th in 30.14), Eoghan McGinley (20th in 30.24), David Scanlon (21st in 30.34), Paul Fleming (23rd in 30.49), Brian Furey (32nd in 31.27), David Power (34th in 31.35) and Patrick Marjolet (40th in 32.13). The full results are on the Dublin Athletic Board website and pictures of all club runners and supporters are in the Gallery. Jonathan O'Donoghue also had a great run in the Junior Mens race over a 6,000m course, finishing 10th in a time of 17.44.
From Left: Louis McCarthy, Paul Fleming, Mark Ryan, David Power, Patrick Marjolet, Eoghan McGinley and Brian Furey.
Congratulations to Barry Minnock and Eoin Flynn who were first and second in the National Marathon Championships, run in conjunction with the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Barry was 9th overall and 1st in the M35 category in a time of 2.22.42, with Eoin close behind in 11th place in 2.25.01. Paul Moran was next home from the club in 2.43.14 (3rd M50), followed by Colm Murray (3.04.55), Barry Finn (3.09.10), Denis Everett (3.09.35), Micheal Murphy (3.13.22), Richie Doran (3.37.38), Helen French (PB of 3.27.53), Therese Hanly (PB of 3.39.02) and Philip Wright (4.16.08). Well done to all. Full results will be available on the Dublin Marathon site and some photos are in the gallery.
Barry and Eoin with their medals, along with Irish Champion Sergiu Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers. Photo: Yan Fu.
Congratulations to our masters women and 50+ men who picked up team gold in the Leinster Masters Cross Country this afternoon, held in warm windy conditions in the scenic location of Avondale, Co. Wicklow. Derval Devaney was the first scorer in the women’s 4k race, finishing 8th overall and 3rd in the F35 category in a time of 15.07. Donna Mahon was close behind in 15.10, placing 6th in the F40 category, and was followed by Vanessa Sallier (11th F40 in 15.50), Tressan McCambridge in her debut race for the club (7th F35 in 16.31), Zoe Melling (22nd F40 in 17.33) and Jackie Sullivan (10th F50 in 17.53). In the men’s hilly 6k race Joe Casey was first home from the club, finishing 5th M50 in a time of 23.49, followed by Tommy Bishop (8th M50 in 24.08), John Farrelly (14th M50 in 24.51), Tom Cuddy (5th M50 in 24.55), Stuart McCleane (21st M45 in 25.50), John McHugh (7th M50 in 26.07) and Terry Clarke (8th M50 in 26.13). Well done to all. Full results are on the Precision Timing site and some photos are in the gallery.
The winning masters women's team: Donna Mahon, Vanessa Sallier and Derval Devaney.