Congratulations to the club athletes who took braved icy road conditions to take the top positions in the Aware Christmas 10k and 5k races yesterday. Sean Hehir clocked an impressive 31.04 over two slippery laps in the 10k, followed by Eoghan McGinley in 2nd place in 32.47 and Colm Murray in 12th place in 36.44. Michael Freeley won the 5k in a time of 17.00, and Aisling O’Connor was 4th woman in a PB of 20.38. Full results are on the Precision Timing site. This morning, in considerably warmer but windy conditions, Denis Everett was first home from the club in the BHAA Vodafone Cross Country in 18th position, completing the 5k course in a time of 19.30, and followed by Tom Cuddy (24th and 1st M55 in 19.52), John McHugh (27th and 2nd M55 in 20.07), Don O’Carroll (47th and 2nd M60 in 20.51), Rob Costello (53rd in 20.57), Terry Clarke (57th in 21.12), Eric Cullen (59th in 21.21), Tony Connolly (60th in 21.21), Vanessa Sallier (9th woman and 2nd F40 in 22.26), Peter McDermott (83rd and 2nd M65 in 22.31), and Michael Devine (89th in 22.49). Full results are on the BHAA site. Well done to all.
Sean and Michael with their winners medals in the Aware Christmas 10k and 5k. Photo: Dónal Glackin.
The first race of the day saw Rathfarnham's own Lucie Ritchie represent Dublin in the Under 11 Girls race, which was run over a distance of 1500m on a demanding and soft course, on the coldest day of the year! 159 girls toed the line, and the level of talent on display was outstanding, with the future of Irish Cross Country running looking very bright indeed! Lucie was not fazed by the opposition and battled through a tough field, to complete her lap with her now customary fast finish in a very creditable 68th position. Well done Lucie! Full results are on the AAI website.
Lucie Ritchie who competed in the Girls Under 11 race.
Well done to the club athletes who competed in the National Novice Cross Country Championships this afternoon, held in bitterly cold conditions on a muddy course in Santry. In the women’s 4k race, Derval Devaney was 35th in a time of 16.45, leading her team mates Aisling O’Connor (79th in 17.49), Rebecca Byrne (119th in 18.49) and Aisling Tohill (129th in 20.18) home to finish in 14th position. David Scanlon had a stormer in the men’s 6k, keeping pace with the lead pack from the outset to finish 6th, and leading the Dublin team to silver medal position. Dave Power was 60th in a time of 22.22. Provisional results of the women’s race and the men’s race are on the AAI site and some photos are in the gallery. Well done to all.
Women's Novice Team: Rebecca Byrne, Aisling O'Connor, Aisling Tohill and Derval Devaney.
At today's Jingle Bells 5k Run in the Phoenix Park, Sean Hehir was our first member home in 7th place in a time of 14.58. Next came Brian Furey 31st in 16.08, Colm Murray in 17.07, Denis Daly in 18.23, Tom Cuddy 18.30, Maria Dolan 19.07 and Eric Cullen 19.17. The full results are on the Championchip website. Well done to all who ran.
The highlight performance from the Club today at the Dublin Intermediate Cross Country Championships in Tymon Park was the Ladies team who were just edged out of the bronze medal place by one point. The team was led home by Derval Devaney in 6th place. Derval was followed home by Lorraine Nolan in 12th, Aisling O'Connor 27th, Ciara Hassett 35th and Jennifer Walsh in 39th. In the men's race we Neil Skelton finished in 51st place. The full results are on the Dublin Athletic Board website and photos of all who ran from the Club are in the Gallery. Videos of the women's race and the men's race are also available on YouTube.
Jennifer Walsh, Lorraine Nolan, Ciara Hassett and Aisling O'Connor at the CC today
This was an event which was hosed by the Club. Well done and thanks to all who set up the course from early morning, managed the many Juvenile races and the two Intermediate ones, helping make the event a great success.
In an event hosted by Rathfarnham AC, the final Juvenile XC league of the season took place in Tymon Park. Competitors faced a typical cross country course; though conditions remained dry, the temperatures remained chilly with a damp feel to the air. The club had a good strong entry with three young athletes making their XC debuts: Ryan O'Neill under 9, Orla Byrne under 10 and Yamina Abdeladif under 12. In the first race of the day ran over 700m , Zoe Ritchie continued her terrific run of form by winning the Girls under 9 race. Next up was the Boys under 9s, ran over the same distance. This featured debutant Ryan O'Neill and cross country regular Matthew Smyth, both of who put in excellent performances. Next was the Girls Under 10 in which Orla Byrne, also making her debut, had a strong run alongside Charlotte Burge. Yet again the Girls Under 11 had a big entry. Rathfarnham were led home in impressive style by Lucie Ritchie followed by Sophie Fasenfeld and Elena Cullen. In the Under 12 Girls which featured a strong field, Alannah Fasenfeld put in her best finish to date. Also in the under 12 race was Yamina Abdeladif, who has competed for the club previously on track. This was her cross country debut and she finished well. Ellie Stapleton finished the day off with a gutsy run in the under 13 Girls. A huge well done to all our young athletes, which all of us at the club are so proud of! Full results will appear on the Dublin Athletics Board website.
Best of luck to Lucie Ritchie, who competes in the Juvenile Uneven All Ireland XC Championships next weekend in Santry, representing Dublin and Rathfarnham AC.
Rathfarnham Juveniles from Sunday, and Matthew Smyth (L) and Ryan O'Neill (R) under 9.
Congratulations to Mark Ryan who was third in the M35 category in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International in Nottingham on Saturday. Mark completed the 8k course in a time of 25.15 and was first scorer on the silver medal winning Irish team, which was only one point off gold. Maria Dolan made a comeback from injury in the women’s 6k race, finishing 14th in the F45 category and scoring bronze on the Irish team. Full results are on the SportSoft Results site.
In the GloHealth Inter County Cross Country Championships in Dundalk yesterday, Louis McCarthy was first home from the club, completing the 10k course in a time of 33.23. He was followed closely by Eoghan McGinley in 35th position in 33.33, and Brian Furey finished 66th in 35.00. Full results are on the AAI site. Well done to all.
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.