National Uneven Age Cross Country Championship
You would think when we hit December things would start to quieten down but not in athletics. We had a big group of juvenile members who headed to Navan for the National uneven age cross country championships and our athletes put in top class performances as usual. The Under 11s got the races under way and Ailish Bourke (24th), Ciara O’Connell (45th), Sophie O’Connor (56th) and Molly Casey (61st) made sure the team came home with National team Bronze medal. In a race with close to 200 runners it was great to see each of our members right at the front of the race. All the girls were part of the Cork team that finished 5th. On to the U11 boys and where Ronan put in the performance of the day with a 2nd place overall, what an amazing run with almost 180 athletes that is a huge achievement. With Adam Fitzgerald, Alex Keane, Sean Cummins, Cillian Fitzgerald and James Beecher joining Ronan the team managed a 4th place overall. To put that into context, there were 18 of the best teams from across Ireland at this and this team are now 4th best in Ireland and there was the smallest of gaps between 3rd and 4th. Plenty more to come from this group.
Then on to the Under 15 girls where Aimee continues to impress with 23rd overall in a field of 165 runners. This place meant Aimee was a scorer on the Cork team that took Gold and was enough to help Munster to Silver. Then in the U17 girls Charlotte Norman was 48th overall in a race of approx. 120 athletes. This was a high enough position to be a scorer on the Cork team that just missed out on bronze.
Waterford Half Marathon
Well done to Mike Byrne and Roisin Ronayne who both ran PBs, Stephen Collins, Chris O’Connell and Frances Barry who raced the Waterford half in very cold conditions on Saturday morning. Great times posted by all.
Stephen Carr made the trip to Newmarket for the extremely popular 5km and put in a great race to finish bang on 18 minutes. Not long before he will go sub 18. John Morrisson was as consistent as ever in a geat time of 24:36.
While Aimee was putting in a storming performance in Navan her parents were running the streets of Valencia. Well done to both Shane and Michelle on great times, it was no doubt slightly warmer there.
St Vincents De Paul 3km Charity run
On Tuesday 12th we will host our annual charity run in Conna Community field from 7pm. This is a fun event and we want to see as many as possible turning up to support St Vincents de Paul charity. Everything raised goes directly to the charity.