5 February 2012

5th February 2012 National Intermediate Cross Country Championships

Pauline Curley Strikes Gold in National Masters Cross Country Championships

The National Masters and Intermediate Cross Country Championships were staged in Lough Key Forest Park, Roscommon last Sunday. Ground conditions were soft and muddy and allied to one very steep hill made for a very testing course.

The first race up was the Master Women’s race with Pauline Curley hoping to improve on her third placing in these championships last year. Pauline was in the leading group right from the start and soon went into the lead. She forced the pace trying to break her rivals and only Mary Scully from Mullingar could manage to keep with her. With less than a mile to go, Scully passed Curley and quickly opened up a ten metre gap. But the vastly experienced Curley didn’t panic and set about the task of reeling her rival in. Roared on by her many supporters, Pauline got back up to Scully, passed her and showed great strength in powering home to victory by a margin of twenty five metres from the gallant Mullingar woman. Liz Cuskelly ran bravely in the tough conditions to finish in 60th position.

Next up were the Master Men who raced over a distance of 7000 metres. Noel Kelly ran a great race to come home in 13th place with John Harkin also excelling in 24th position. George Webb was placed 64th , just ahead of Brendan Abbott in 66th place. Liam Dunne had one of his best runs in a while to finish in 73rd place. The Tullamore over 40 team won the bronze medals in the team competition.

The Intermediate Women’s race saw Mary Bracken first home for Tullamore in 34th place, with Michelle Mullaney hot on her heels in 35th place. Nita McLoughlin had a good run to finish 61st followed by Evelyn Herlihy in 64th place. Mags Grennan completed the Tullamore scoring in 66th.

The Intermediate Mens race over 10000 metres was run off in increasingly worsening ground conditions. Ferbane AC. runner, Paul Buckley ran a great race to finish 9th. Declan Fahey looked very strong throughout and finished a very credible 19th place. Dave Fox took a giant step forward in his still fledging athletic career by having his best run to date, coming home in 23rd place. He was closely followed by Catch Grennan in 25th with Eddie Garry competing the Tullamore scoring in 36th place. This gave Tullamore third place in the club competition. This quartet alon with Mark Serviss in 40th place and the aforementioned Buckley helped Offaly to third County behind Dublin and Clare.

Intermediate Men 10000 metres :

9 Paul Buckley ( Ferbane AC.) 39.04 ; 19 Declan Fahey 40.12 ; 23 David Fox 40.28 ; 25 Catch Grennan 40.39 ; 36 Eddie Garry 41.22 ; 40 Mark Serviss 41.48 ; 55 Richie Galvin 43.41 ; 66 Ger Lynam 45.04 ; 74 Ian O’Kelly 46.27 ; 82 Ray Martin 49.44.

Intermediate Women :

34 Mary Bracken 21.10 ; 35 Michelle Mullaney 21.12 ; 61 Nita McLoughlin 24.00 ; 64 Evelyn Herlihy 24.47 ; 66 Mags Grennan 25.12.

Master Men 7000 metres :

13 Noel Kelly ; 24 John Harkin ; 64 George Webb ; 66 Brendan Abbott ; 73 Liam Dunne ; 105 Liam Byrne ; 153 Glen Finlay ; 154 Fra Mollen ; 188 Brendan Kennedy ; 199 Andy O’Grady.

Master Women

1 Pauline Curley 16.57 ; 60 Liz Cuskelly.

Brendan Abbot

Brendan Abbot