The County Cork Cross Country Championships for Juvenile relay teams and the Novice and under 23 adult races were held in Riverstick on Sunday, the 26th of September last.
On a very wet and windy day, the clubs from all over the county battled with the conditions to compete for that coveted prize, a county medal.
St Catherine’s AC had three juvenile teams competing in the relay races, everyone running 500 metres for their leg of the relay race.
The boys under 10 team of Eoin Ronayne, Tomas Kiely, Oisin Feeney and James Beecher had a tremendous battle with the local club, Riverstick/Kinsale but lost out and came home in fourth spot. Great effort for these lads in their first year racing. Hope this experience will spur you on for the next race.
Our under 12 boys are a very strong team, having won the East Cork’s last week, and they lived up to their reputation by beating two formidable rivals, Midleton and Leevale, into second and third places. So gold medals all round for Conor Ronayne, Kenneth O’Connell, Oscar Cunningham, Bill Leahy & Zach Pyne(sub). Fantastic achievement, boys and well deserved for all the training and hard work put in.
More success in the under 14 boys race. This time, our lads beat Midleton but lost out to Leevale, so had to settle for silver medals. Great team performance from Darragh Ronayne, James O’Connor, Ryan Whelan and Cathal to compete so strongly, especially with these clubs, well known for their sprinting prowess.
In the adults races, we have a new county champion!
In the Novice womens race, Sarah Mulcahy came home first in the under 23 category event. What an outstanding achievement. Sarah has been in good form recently so this victory is well earned.
Our other competitors were in the Novice mens race over 6 kilometres and the team coped admirably with the conditions to finish 5th overall for the team. Jim Harty, in his first cross-country race for the club, came home in 16th spot, just behind the Olympic champion,Paul O’Donovan who was running for Leevale. Prestigious company, indeed! Jim was followed by Trevor Geary, Brendan Hickey, Kevin Hayes, Kieran Harte and Kieran Murphy.
Great day out for the club and yet again, heaps more medals for our athletes.
Our next day out is on this Sunday, the 3rd of October, where the Senior County and Even age Juvenile Cross Country Championships will be held in Carrigadrohid.
Hoping to see you all there.