The club had both a women’s and men’s team in action in Moyglass on Sunday for the County Intermediate Cross Country Championships. The distances for both events had increased from the Novice Championships but all ten athletes in action put a huge effort in on the day and it reaped its rewards with the ladies finishing runners-up in the team competition.
Six ladies represented the club in the women’s event. Lorraine Healy was always with the pace at the head of the field, fighting it out for an individual medal throughout the course of the race but was denied a medal on the run-in finishing 4th overall, having left nothing behind. As the race progressed Susan Fogarty was increasing the tempo of her run and this resulted in her finishing in 7th place overall with Louise Fogarty staying on well to finish 11th. Brigid Gleeson came through for 14th followed by Sharon Kiely in 19th and Catherine Dunne 24th. With a score of 22points the girls finished runners-up in the team competition to a strong Dundrum team.
Again the men had a tough encounter in their event with some great running at the head of the field and this included our own Stephen Flanagan who seemed to relish the event as the laps unfolded. He gradually broke clear of many of his pursuers to cross the line in an excellent 8th overall. Jody Sweeney has returned from injury this year and with each race the improvement is plain to see. Sunday was no exception as he moved freely through the field to finish 17th overall with the ever reliable Paddy Doyle having his own battles throughout to finish 27th. Patrick Bowe was our final athlete and despite his best efforts Sunday was not to be his day with the re-occurrence of a previous injury forcing him to retire mid-way through the race.
Congratulations to all the ladies and men on their efforts on Sunday and maintaining the proud tradition of cross country running in the club.