Euro Cross Country Championships

We had 2 club athletes representing Ireland at the European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy. Carla Sweeney finished 31st in Junior women's race, 2nd lady home on the Irish team which finished 10th. Mitchell Byrne represented Ireland in the U23 race. Mitch made his international debut in warm conditions in Sardinia, finishing 57th, so training & studying in the United States looks to be paying off. Well done Mitch.



The AAI National Novice Cross Country Championships took place in Dundalk IT.

Rathfarnham women's team finished 7th, with Clare Sullivan 15th, Lynne Hennessy 29th, Suzanne Ryan 71st, Aisling O'Connor 93rd.

Rathfarnham men's team finished 14th overall: Eoin McLoughlin 78th, Oisin Boland 148th, Peter Twoomey 120th, Neil Skelton 126th.



Dublin Intermediate Cross Country Championships

Rathfarnham had wins in both the women's & men's races today. Clare Sullivan completed an amazing double, adding the Intermediate title to the Novice title she won earlier in the autumn. Rathfarnham men's team took gold over a new course in Tymon Park. Shane O'Neill led the team home in 3rd overall, followed by Eoin McLoughlin 6th, Donagh Powell 8th, Aaron Browne 16th, Neil Skelton 31st and Oisin Bolan 44th.

In the women's race, Clare Sullivan was first home. The women's team included Sue Ryan 14th, Aisling O'Connor 22nd, Bernadette Crowley 32nd, Jenny O'Malley 37th.

Thanks to Adam Jones and all the volunteers who designed & prepared this course. Full results on Photos in Gallery, thanks to Denis Daly & PJ Claffey.

Waterford AC Half Marathon

Seán Hehir finished 2nd in the Waterford Half Marathon in 1:06:11, after a close battle with Sergiu Ciobanu. Ciobanu finished 20 seconds ahead of Hehir and 2,000 competitors in this popular race in the south east. Katie Fitzgerald finished in 1:47:08.

Jingle Bells 5km

Louis McCarthy was 11th in the festive 5km in the Phoenix Park in 15:17. Also inside the top 15 was Brian Furey in a PB of 15:36. Other club finishers below:
Louis McCarthy 00:15:17
Brian Furey  00:15:36
Ronan Kearns  00:16:23
Lee  Byrne  00:17:26
Denis Daly  00:18:03
Eric  Cullen   00:19:05
Daniel Keogh  00:19:11
Zoe Melling  00:21:55
Miriam McCormack 00:22:19
Jackie Kingston 00:23:11

Annual General Meeting - next Monday 12th December

The AGM will be held on Monday 12th December 2016 at 8.00pm. The meeting will take place in the Clubhouse. Please forward any motions, nominations etc. to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 2nd December 2016. All members are encouraged to attend, to learn how the club is developing and also to see how you could contribute to volunteering - it's your club, so let's achieve more together.

After his heroic run to claim second in the National Under 23 Cross Country Championships in Abbotstown yesterday, Mitchell Byrne has been picked to represent Ireland at the European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy on December 11th. Details of all the Irish selections are on the Athletics Ireland website. Everyone in the Club wishes Mitchell every success and his selection is a fitting reward for his dedication to his running  over the years. Carla Sweeney WSAF AC was also picked on the Junior Ladies team. Carla was 4th in the Junior Ladies race yesterday. Cillian Doherty also from WSAF AC was 16th in the Junior mens race in Abbotstown.  Well done to all and to their coach Paul Fleming who runs with the Club.

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Mitchell in action in the senior cross country race yesterday.