Munster Evenage Juvenile Cross Country Championships

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Great credit is due Philip Hayes who was our lone individual medallist, finishing 11th in the Boys U/12 race and together with Aaron McLoughlin and David Doyle were members of the Tipperary teams at U/12 and U/10 respectively who finished third at the Munster Championships in Waterford on Sunday.

In the Girls U/10 event, Amy Reddan finishing 69th and was a member of the Tipperary team that finished fourth with Una Duggan finishing 81st and Saoirse Doran 84th.  In the Boys event David Doyle ran a great race for 24th overall, finishing third Tipperary athlete over the line and helped that team to 3rd place in the team competition.  Fred Power was our next finisher in 67th followed by Ethan Walsh 81st Frank Doyle 90th and Cormac Burke 95th to finish 12th in the club competition.

The Girls U/12 team was led home by Aoife Dwyer in 43rd followed by Helen Cleere 46th and these two girls were scoring members of the Tipperary team that were pipped by 2 points for the bronze medals.  Victoria Lupton came through for 53rd with Louise Hickey 58th and Tara Gleeson 87th.  The girls finished 10th in the club competition.  The Boys U/12 race saw our lone individual medallist with Philip Hayes keeping with the pace throughout to finish 11th overall and earn a bronze medal.  In addition he was also part of the Tipperary team that won the bronze medals and joining him on the team was Aaron McLoughlin who finished 28th overall.  Adam Butler was next across the line in 56th with Jake Bowe 61st, Liam Ryan 101st and Blake Walsh 107th.  The boys finished 6th in the team competition.

The Girls U/14 race saw Emma Gleeson finishing 52nd and scoring on the Tipperary team that finished fourth in the inter-county competition.  Aisling Dwyer was next to finish in 71st followed by Katie Bergin 75th and Aine Duggan 81st to finish 12th in the team event.  In the Boys equivalent Dylan McLoughlin ran a great race to finish 19th and third Tipperary athlete across the line and he was joined on the Tipperary team by Cormac Moloney in 51st and Gavin Ryan 54th but fourth place was to be Tipperary’s lot on the day.

The Girls U/16 were our highest placed club team of the day with a fourth place finish and this is good enough to qualify them for the National Championships on 22nd November in Dublin.  Roisin Daly finished in 33rd, Erika Carroll 42nd, Aoibheann Duggan 52nd and Maria Brennan 54th.  Well done girls on a great achievement.  Both Roisin and Erika were on the Tipperary team that once again finished fourth.  The Boys U/16 race saw Nathan Bowe lead the quartet home in 33rd place and also score on the Tipperary team that were out of the medals in fourth place.  Jack Hickey finished 40th with Lorcan Troy 56th and Sean Burke 60th to finish 7th in the club competition.

Our final athletes to perform on the day were the boys in the U/18 race where Jack Moore finished 18th, Eamonn Troy 20th and Harry Hogan 23rd.

Some of our members were competing for the first time and with huge numbers in the races the experience can be daunting but they all took it in their stride. Well done to each athlete on their performances.

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