Venue - Turnpike, Two Mile Borris
Start Time - 12:00
Uploaded by Garrett Moylan, with thanks to PRO Ray Deering
The Cross Country season kicked off last Sunday with the even age championships which were held in Two Mile Borris. Nenagh athletes excelled on the day winning both individual and team medals. This will be the venue for the Munster Championships in three weeks time and it was great for the athletes to experience what awaits them then.
The course itself was dry, tough and very open to the elements with no shelter at all but that didn't seem to bother our athletes as they battled a strong wind but thankfully, no rain. We had several athletes either competing for the club or in cross country for the first time and they all did very well.
Girls U10 (800m)
Our girls u10 were first up and all four girls performed excellently in a very fast race. Hannah Grace was our first runner home, finishing in 24th place followed by Johanna Finn 44th, Polly Sharkey46th and Christine Percy in 53rd place. The girls were placed 9th in the team standings.
Boys U10 team (800m)
Our lads comfortably won the team section and it was no wonder as we had four finishing in the top ten over the course. Cian Hodgins ran a super race to take the title, finishing very strongly over the last 300m to surge to the front and claim the gold medal. Tom Walsh also continued his good recent form when finishing in 3rd place and he will improve with every outing. Zac Egan also ran a stormer when finishing 5th and it's by far his best cross country run to date, while Filip Mc Intyre in finishing in 9th place also produced his best performance so far. Jack O Callaghan just finished outside the individual medals in 13th but helped the team to gold as did Ben Walsh who despite being u9, ran brilliantly for an 18th place. Well done lads.
Unfortunately we didn't have enough bodies to make up a team in this, but the three girls who turned up did themselves proud. Ailbhe O Neill had a brilliant run to finish in 8th place and showed great potential in doing so. Emma Mulcahy finished in 15th running well in the process and Eliza Burns who was making her debut for the club had a fine run to finish in 23rd.
More team gold and some individual medals were won in the u12 boys race with four finishers in the top ten, where five of the six lads are still u11 which bodes well for two weeks time. Alex Reynolds had one of his better run to claim the bronze medal and on this form will be a serious contender in his own age group. Luke Purcell produced an excellent run for 5th place showing great determination in the closing stages, while Joseph O'Donoghue ran his best race for the club so far finishing 8th despite being an injury doubt all week. Eoin Moloney returned to competing for the club and made a great impact finishing 10th. Aidan O'Dwyer who was making his debut in a Nenagh singlet finished in a very good 14th place and will be one to watch in the future. Oisin Pepper finished in 18th place and Daniel Fogerty was 26th as both lads contributed to a fine team win.
Lucy Mulcahy was our sole representive in the girls u14 race and finished in a respectable 11th place.
Josh Egan collected a bronze medal in the boys u14 race where despite being out of age he ran very well to stay in touch with the leaders and in doing so claimed 3rd place.
Alannah Deering had a very convincing win the girls u16 race over 4000m. Up front from the start, Alannah stretched away from the field to claim her county title. In the same race Fiona Molloy produced a storming finish to claim the bronze medal. Showing a never say die attitude, Fiona stayed in touch with the 3rd placed athlete before making her decisive move in the home stretch.
Ciara Cummins claimed another county title when winning the u18 girls race over 4000m in fine style. Never troubled from the start Ciara cruised to victory while Aoife Deering who had been in 2nd place throughout the race had to stop near the finish due to illness and this allowed those behind her to pass and she finished in 4th place.
Killian Cullagh was a comfortable winner of the 6000m u18 race where he took control at the mid-way point and was never headed. Richard O Donoghue was in 2nd place for most of the race but was unfortunately passed near the finish but will continue to improve with every race he runs.
Overall it was a great start to the Cross Country season and hopefully we'll have more of the same in Moyglass for the un-even age groups in two weeks time. Well done to all who travelled to compete and to those who came to support them.