Report by Galwayman Brian Furey!  


A small but strong team headed for the national masters cross country in Galway. Home territory for me, so I was happy to run for club and county. Weather wise it was snow blizzards on the way down, sunshine and clear skies during the races and then back to wintry conditions in the evening.

The course was a proper cross country course. Very wet and mucky underfoot but what cross country is all about! Louis McCarthy was 17th on his debut in Masters athletics (on his birthday). Brian Furey 20th, Ronan Kearns 30th and Paul Fleming 33rd. That 4 made up the winning club team in over 35s out of 24 teams in total. Others running, Eoin McLoughlin 34th just behind Paul Fleming, Peter Toomey 77th and Sean Doyle was 8th in over-60 category. Thanks to Adam Jones for the support at the race and well done to the Galway on hosting a great event.

On a blustery day with a high quality field, Robert Murphy was the first home for the club in an excellent 15th position at the 34th AXA Raheny Road Race. His time was 25:21. Next was Paul Flemming in 27:02 (4th M40), followed by Donagh Powell 27:42, Colm Murray 28:05 1st M50 (Man on form!!), Shane Grehan 30:42, Derek Bain 33:54, Pat Fitzpatrick 33:23, Seamus Gorman 34:29, Michael Devine 34:59. In the team event the MS were 4th and the Masters team were 8th. Well done to everyone who took part.


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