Avondale House played host to yesterday’s East Leinster Secondary Schools XC championship.The rolling hills and tough finishing stretch earmarks the venue as one of the country’s most challenging XC circuits. As always there were big numbers on show right across the age categories. The surface was surprisingly firm given the recent weather conditions and this made for some very fast races!! (a summary of results below/ please email additional results where required)
The Junior Girls got us off to a flying start with one of our new recruits Helena Paran (Mt Anville) finishing in 3rd place, followed home by Lina Kyne (Rathdown) in 9th place. Claire Doyle (Mt Anville) also had a fine showing in this race. The Junior boys saw Pappy Tucker (St Michaels) finishing in 3rd place- a great result when you consider that it was his first race in nearly 9 months. Jack Moraghan (Clonkeen College) was also competing in the Junior ranks. There was an action packed field assembled for the Inter girls race including multiple National champions and Junior Irish athletes with the very impressive Sarah Healy (Holy Child Killiney) taking a well deserved first place and club colleague, AmyRose Farrell (Mt Anville), taking a fine second place ahead of a very strong field. Julie Ringrose (Mt Anville) finished in 11th position with Anna Dignam (Mt Anville) also showing well. The Inter Boys saw Oisin Kelly (Newpark) in 11th place with Jack Moran and Patrick Moran (both St Michaels) putting in fine showings. In keeping with tradition and the very large #’s, the Minor age groups were last up with Evan Walshe (St Benildus) opting to run in the B Race over 1000m and having a fine showing finishing in 1st place whilst Ellen Cheung (Mt Anville) was an equally impressive and deserved winner in a very large field in the Minor Girls A race. Sarah Flaherty (St Andrews) also ran in the minor girls race.
Congrats to Ellen (Minor Girls 1500m) & Sarah (Inter Girls 2500m) on individual titles and to Evan on his first place finish in the Minor Boys B Race.
Top 15 individuals and Top 3 teams qualify for the Leinster Schools in a few weeks.
Well done to all….
15 year old AmyRose Farrell was part of a very successful Irish squad at the Celtic Games in Edinburgh yesterday. The Celtic Games were the curtain raiser to the Great Run Edinburgh XC Series and in keeping with the the traditional games format, several age groups normally compete in the same race. In AmyRose’s case she was representing the Irish U17 squad who were also competing against the Irish U20 squad along with similar age profile squads from Scotland, Wales, and Ulster plus Elite U20 Invitational teams from GBR, Europe and USA.
For those who saw the race series on TV, the Holyrood Course is a difficult test at the best of times and with weather conditions deteriorating throughout the day it made for a stern test. AmyRose finished in 21st place and in doing so was the second Irish athlete home overall (across U17 & U20 age groups). A fantastic achievement when you consider that she has four more years in this race category and whilst she was a little disappointed not to get in the individual U17 top 3 (narrowly missing out and finishing in 4th place), she helped the Irish team to a silver medal in the team event. Her performance on the day also saw her finish ahead of some very strong athletes from the home nations, Europe and the US. It was another milestone for her in what has been a hectic few months.
The Irish teams had success right across the board and a full race report is here
Congrats to AmyRose on her third International appearance from us all.
The club would like to wish all its members an enjoyable and successful 2016
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Annual Turkey Trot 2015- “Community Effort” the main theme for yet another memorable year (with photos)
2015 is rapidly winding down and another action packed “athletics year” is ready to close out. In the midst of frantic last minute preparations for the holiday season, our athletes, coaches, committee members, family and extended family took some time out to enjoy the festivities at the Annual Turkey Trot in Carysfort Park over the weekend. Read more
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