Leinster Intermediate and Masters Cross Country

Dunboyne AC hosted the 2018 Leinster Intermediate & Masters Cross Country last Sunday and while the course was fair with reasonable underfoot conditions for the most part, though as the races went on the mud got stickier! The weather was less kind with biting cold and a strong breeze. There were four races with separate competitions in both the Intermediate and Masters levels for both men and women with Harriers featuring in all but the Intermediate Women’s race. The Masters Women’s race was first with the ladies running 4000m; two laps of the 2000m course. The o35 team of Nita McLoughlin, Dympna Fox, Michelle Mullaney, Maeve Larkin and Mags Grennan finished 6th in the club competition. A super run by Caroline Donnellan from Edenderry AC who finished 7th overall, saw the girls finish 4th in the county competition. There were medals however for the o50 team of Rita Daly, Mary Daly, Maire Donegan and Martina Conlon who took the silver.
The Master Men ran 8000m. The team was led by Robbie Westman, followed by Darragh Rigney, Tony Harpur, Glen Finlay, Peter Bennett, Rory Farrell, Liam Byrne, Len Owens and Mark Harpur. While they didn’t medal, they put in huge performances on what was a very competitive field. The Men o50 team of Brendan Abbott, Johnny Feery Martin Carroll, Fra Mollen, Sean Reynolds and John Todd came away with bronze medals. Congratulations to Johnny Feery and John Todd who also took gold individual medals in their age categories.
The final race of the day was the Intermediate Men’s race over 600m. With a smaller than expected field, it provided for great excitement as the battle for medals played out. Our own Paul Mitchell was 3rd overall and led his clubmates to victory. They also won the county silver for their efforts. Well done to Paul, Pauric Ennis, Mark Donegan, Padraig Berry, Len Mooney, Mick Conneely and Darren Butler.

**Reminder - When training is in progress, our track needs to be vacated completely to allow our athletes to do their training sessions in a safe environment. This is not a walking facility especially at training times. Thank You.

Leinster Cross Country, Dunboyne 14-01-18

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