Our club had another great day out at the County Cross-Country relay championships held in Castlelyons last Sunday, the 3rd of November.
This season has been very rewarding for the club, not only being successful winning medals but just as importantly, new faces trying out in the races.
We entered five teams in these championships with the hope that we would be competitive and may be in the running for a medal. But, not for the first time, our boys and girls performed above and beyond our expectations. Relay races only happen a couple of times a year and our club coaches put on trials to select the teams and then practised the passing of batons etc. We always hope that these practice sessions will pay off on the big day and this time, our runners performed admirably.
First of were the under 10 boys of Kenneth O’Connell, Tadgh Walsh, Oscar Cunningham and Conor Ronayne. These boys had a great tussle with the leading clubs all the way around the 1k course and Conor pulled back a place in the last leg to finish second overall and silver medals for the four lads. Brilliant team effort and outstanding running from all the boys!
Our under 12 girls team also coped well in a large field over the 2k course and the team of Charlotte Norman, Amy O’Connell, Ciara Hayes and Willow O’Gorman worked incredibly hard to be in with a shout for a medal and they duly obliged taking home the third placed team and a fistful of bronze! Super stuff, girls!
Our under 12 boys team of Sean Walsh, James O’Connor, Kevin Geaney and Darragh Ronayne were also in a large field and were in the middle of the pack all way round and managed to hold their place and finish 8th overall. Good effort lads.
The under 14 girls team of Ellie Barry, Ella O’Connor, Abby Leahy and Shannon O’Gorman also had a great spin around this course and were unlucky not to finish in the medals coming fourth overall. Abby stepped in for Sadie Linehan at the last minute as Sadie had a foot injury and Abby put in a great leg to keep us in the hunt and Shannon showed her class tearing around the last leg but the finish line came too soon and the front three clubs had done just enough to get home. Well done everyone, a great effort.
Our last team out were the under 14 boys of Senan O’Reilly, Charlie Nicholson, Cian Dunning and Conor Hayes and what a race they had. From the start Senan powered off to the front with only Midleton able to match him and these two clubs were the only contenders for gold at the first changeover. Charlie and Cian held second spot all the way around and Conor put in an explosive sprint for the last leg but Midleton held on for gold.
But what a truly excellent spectacle and congratulations to all of our runners and all the team medals won on the day. Thanks to all the coaches for their hard work and to the families for their support.
This weekend, St Catherines are honoured to be hosting the Munster Juvenile Uneven age and the Senior Cross-Country Championships. The event will be on Sunday, the 10th , but preparing the course will start on the Saturday and we would welcome all help and support for the day.
Hope to see you all there!