Well done to the Rathfarnham athletes who competed in the 26th British & Irish Masters Cross Country International in Cardiff on Saturday. Paul Fleming was 5th in the M35 category and completed the 8k course in a time of 25.05, finishing second for the Irish team to claim gold ahead of Wales and England. Shane O’Neill finished 11th in the M40 category in 25.41, and was second scorer for Ireland which won silver behind England and ahead of Scotland. In the M50 category Gerry Doyle led the Irish team home to silver, finishing in 6th place in a time of 26.14. England won gold in the category and Northern Ireland were third. Ronan Kearns won the open race in a time of 25.40. Congratulations to all. Full results are on the British Masters Athletic Federation website.
Several club members competed in the Intercounties Cross Country Championships in Santry today. In the Junior 6k race Mitchell Byrne came through the field to finish in 5th place and was first scorer on the winning Dublin team. David Scanlon was 14th and third home for Dublin. Jonathan O'Donoghue finished 12th in the Under 18 category and also won a national medal for Dublin. In the Senior Men's race over 10k Louis McCarthy was 44th in a time of 33.49 and Paul Stephenson was 52nd in 34.07. Louis ran on the Dublin team and Paul ran as an individual for Waterford. Eoghain McGinley finished 70th in 34.42, running for his native Donegal. Newcomer Gerald Forde finished 122nd in 38.24 and competed in the Under 23 competition. Results are on the AAI website and some photos are in the Gallery.
Adam Jones, Gerald Forde, Paul Stephenson & Louis McCarthy Mitch Byrne
Very well done to Ella Pasley, Lucy Richie and Abbey Kelly for fantastic running in the Dublin Juvenile Cross Country Championships (even ages races) on Sunday, and especially to Lucy who won a bronze medal in the 1000 metres under 10 race. Also, very well done to Ellie Stapleton who had a great race in the under 12 girls 2000 metres. We are very proud of the four girls, they have all trained so hard throughout the year. Well done! Full results are available on the Dublin Athletics Board website.
Ella Pasley, Lucy Richie and Abbey Kelly Ellie Stapleton
Congratulations to new Dublin Junior Cross Country Champion Mitchell Byrne, who led a field of 49 athletes in the combined junior/under 18 race in St. Anne’s Park yesterday to win the title. Mitch completed the 6k course in a time of 19.36, and was followed by David Scanlon in 8th position in 20.18. In the under 18 race Jonathan O’Donoghue was first home from the club, finishing 11th in 20.39, followed by Oisin Joyce (35th in 22.48), Daniel Martin (39th in 23.11), Conor O’Neill (42nd in 23.50) and Donal Murphy (46th in 24.27). Jonathan and Oisin also scored on the junior men's team which won bronze. The under 18 team were 4th. In the 10,000m senior men’s race Louis McCarthy was 15th of 57 finishers in a time of 32.42, followed by Paul Stephenson (16th in 32.46), Paul Fleming (21st in 33.07), Ronan Kearns (25th in 33.30), Matthew Horrigan (27th in 33.39), Ciaran Aylward (29th in 33.46), Jason Reid (30th in 33.48) and Brian Furey (47th in 35.44). The team came 4th. Full results are available on the Dublin Athletics Board site and photos are in the gallery.
Junior and under 18 athletes with coach Philip Halpin
Senior team with coach Adam Jones
Congratulations to Sean Hehir who won the Airtricity Dubin Marathon today in a time of 2.18.21; the first Irish athlete to win the event in 20 years. Sean ran a perfectly paced race to take the lead at 20 miles, and finished over a minute clear of runner-up Joe Sweeney of DSD. Paul Moran was next home from the club in 2.41.37, followed by Peter O’Farrell (2.56.36), Colm Murray (3.04.21), Maria Dolan (PB of 3.06.12), Rob Costello (3.26.10) and Aisling Tohill (3.57.08). Well done to all. Full results are vailable on the Dublin Marathon site. Some photos are in the gallery and newspaper articles attached below.
The highlight of today's Leinster Novice and Masters Cross Country Championships Races in Dunboyne was Shane O'Neill coming second in the Men's Masters race over 6k. In torrential rain and soft underfoot conditions the course was to Shane's liking and he made up ground with every stride to claim the silver medal and gold in the M40 category. Ronan Kearns was 7th in the same race and 3rd O.35. Gerry Doyle was 1st O.50 and John McHugh was 3rd O.55.
In the Ladies Novice Race over 4k Lorraine Nolan was first home for the Club, followed by Grainne O'Connor, Aishling O'Connor and Amy Cooke to bring the team home in 6th position. Next up were the Mens Novice over 6k. First home was Robert Murphy, followed by Ciaran Alyward, David Power, Gerard Claffey, Michael Devine and Eoin Gorman to take 5th Team. In the Ladies Masters 4k race Vanessa Sallier was first home and 3rd O/40, followed by Helen French and Zoe Melling for 9th team position. In the mens Masters race over 6k Shane was 2nd, followed by Ronan Kearns 7th, Gerry Doyle 22nd, Tommie Bishop, John Farrelly, John McHugh, Terry Clarke and Eoin Murray. Most of the results are on the Precision Timing website. Well done to all who ran. Pictures of all who ran today are in the Gallery.