Our next to last outing for cross country running was held in Carrig na bhfear on Sunday, the 8th.
The stormy conditions meant numbers were low overall but I am glad to say that St Catherines still turned up in good numbers and we had a great showing.
Lara Byrne came second in the under 9 girls which was a super performance over the 750 metre course. Well done , Lara!
The weather deteriorated very sharply after this and the next couple of races were held in driving rain. So fair dues to all the boys and girls for not only starting but also completing their respective races.
Oscar Cunningham came third in the under 9 boys. Mark Geary followed in 7th, Noah Keane in 10th and Adam O’Connor in 13th place. Fabulous teamwork, lads. Second place in the overall team and silver medals for all four boys.
The under 11 girls team also put on a brave face heading into the worsening conditions competing over the 1,500 metre course with big and small jumps . Aimee Kearney had a great battle upfront and duly came home third. She was followed by Ciara Hayes in 5th, Anna Byrne in 16th, Maebh O’Connell in 20th and Grainne Linehan in 25th. This team also captured silver, coming second overall. Great stuff girls!
Ryan Whelan and James O’Connor took on the under 11 boys race. Ryan had a great sprint finish and picked up a bronze medal for his efforts.
The under 13 girls were Ellie Barry and Ella O’Connor. They ran really well coming in 7th and 10th overall.
Darragh Ronayne and Charlie Nicholson also had strong performances in their under 13 race. Darragh came third and Charlie in 5th. Yet another medal for Darragh this season.
Last but not least, the most anticipated run of the day was for Doireann Hayes in the girls under 17s race. Doireann has been training hard the last few weeks and she had a solid run taking the field around for a few laps before she was reeled in, in the last few hundred metres and was just pipped for a medal, coming in fourth spot. Better luck next time, Doireann.
Our novice men of Jonathan Kenneally, Kevin Hayes, Kieran Harte and Kieran Murphy couldn’t resist giving this course a go over four laps. They were duly rewarded for their efforts coming third team overall.
Mighty stuff everyone. Handfuls of silver and bronze medals for the club. Very proud of each and every one of ye.