Congratulations to Rathfarnham WSAF AC’s Mitchel Byrne on his first place and Leinster Intermediate Gold at the Leinster Intermediate Cross Country Championships hosted by Gowran AC in Gowran, Co Kilkenny on Sunday 13th January 2019. He also picked up the Dublin Intermediate Gold medal. Kevin Donagher was an excellent 12th overall and just missed out on a medal in the Dublin Championships coming 4th.

Rathfarnham WSAF AC’s women won the Team Silver medal with Louise Gaffney coming 4th, Clare Sullivan 9th, Sinead Murray 14th, Ber Crowley 22nd and Laura Ryan 25th. On top of that Louise Gaffney won the silver medal in the Dublin Intermediates.

In the Masters race Paul Flemming won M40 gold and the team of Paul, Dave Power, Ciaran Aylward and Barry Mulvihil came 6th. Vanessa Sallier was 4th W45!

Well done to all who took part. It was another weekend with a good haul of medals!!


It was a mild dry day for the 2019 Dublin Masters Cross Country Championships in St. Anne’s Park on Sunday 6th January. Some great results across the board delivered a great haul of medals for Rathfarnham WSAF AC.

Shane O’Neill, still powering back to form, finished 2nd overall and won the individual M45 gold. Paul Flemming finished 10th overall and won the M40 gold. Edwin Keville came 18th overall and won the M50 gold. Clare Sullivan was first home for the club in the women’s race, finishing 5th. Donna Mahon came 18th and won the W45 gold. The W35 team of Clare, Donna, Lorraine Nolan and Vanessa Sallier won the bronze. The M35 team of Shane, David Power, Paul and Ciaran Aylward won the bronze medal. The M50 team of Edwin, Tom Cuddy, Pearse Coyle and Denis Daly won the M50 Gold. Suzanne Ryan, Ester Lawlor, Clare Shield, Noreen Fitzsimons, Lian Brady, Jackie Kingston, Barry Mulvihill, Philip Wright backed up the team performances. A special congratulations to David Power who placed an excellent 8th overall. He was the only person heard afterwards complaining about how good the conditions were but we all know that he prefers and performs better in deep mud, freezing rain and howling gales of biblical proportions! Well done to everybody who competed. Pictures of all who ran today are in the Gallery. All the results are on the MyRunResults website.

There were some great results to kick off 2019 for the club in the Tom Brennan Memorial 5K in the Phoenix Park on January 1st. Mitchell Byrne came 2nd in 15:00, Paul Stephenson came 6th in 15:34, Paul Fleming came 7th in 15:37, Shane Grehan came 55th in 18:24, Pearse Coyle came 61st (2nd M50) in 18:46 and a racing back to form John Mc Cabe came 80th (7th M50) in 19:45. Rathfarnham WSAF AC won the team with Mitchell, Paul and Paul as scorers.


Rathfarnham WSAF AC’s Mitchel Byrne won a super bronze medal in the 2018 National Novice Cross Country Championships on Saturday 15th December. It was a wet and windy day that suited the purest cross country runners at the Navan venue.  Bobby Murphy finished in 11th position and the men’s team had a very strong performance coming 5th overall, with David Power and Lee Byrne the other scorers and supported by Ciaran Aylward, Neil Skelton and Gael Hernandez.  Mitchel and Bobby both also won silver county medals.

The ladies team of Louise Gaffney, Sinead Murray, Clare Sullivan and Sue Ryan also ran well to come 5th overall. Well done to everybody who competed.


There were some fantastic Rathfarnham WSAF AC medal performances in the 2018 Dublin Intermediate Cross Country Championships on 2nd December. 
In the men’s Mitchel Byrne won individual Gold and Bobby Murphy individual Silver. Liam Dunne and Neil Skelton finished very strongly to get the team equal on points with Brothers Pearse but lost out on the team Gold medal on a count back. They were well supported on the team by Peter O’Farrell, Peter Toomey and Barry Mulvihill.
In the women’s race Louise Gaffney won a great Silver medal. Ber Crowley, Laura Ryan and Aisling O’Connor ran the team to the Silver medal position with support from Beth Neal, Sue Ryan and Orla O’Neill. Great Day’s work for the club at one of the best organised cross country events of the year on the challenging Tymon Adam Jones designed course!