All Ireland Schools XC round up: Sarah Healy takes Junior title (photos added)

All Ireland Schools XC round up: Sarah Healy takes Junior title (photos added)

All roads led to Co Kildare earlier today as Clongowes Boys Secondary School hosted the 2015 Glo Health All Ireland Schools XC championships. The course was in excellent condition but strong winds made for challenging running. Over 1000 athletes were competing for Individual and Team honours in one of the highlights of the Schools athletics calendar year.

Once again Sarah Healy (Holy Child Killiney) produced a scintillating performance in taking her eight National title. Club colleague, AmyRose Farrell (Mount Anville), was equally impressive in securing a stunning silver medal. Well done to both girls.

The club had six athletes in the Junior girls 2500m race. The race started at a fairly lively pace but with strong winds facing the athletes it was very much a case of biding their time until the outer lap. With 700m to go Sarah was joined by AmyRose at the head of the pack and both girls served up a fine display of middle distance running with Sarah stretching her lead at the top of the course and finishing strongly to claim her victory with AmyRose a comfortable second place. Lara Gilespie (Wesley College) was a fine 14th place and AmyRose was joined by Julie Ringrose and Jennifer O’Brien in helping Mount Anville secure the much coveted Team prize whilst Anna Daly joined Sarah in helping Holy Child to a silver team medal. A great day for all involved.