Amy Rose takes U17 title as young guns rise to the challenge in Santry (with photos)

We had another big turn out earlier today as Santry hosted the Dublin Uneven Championships. Our younger athletes put in some great performances whilst AmyRose Farrell was in fine form as she took another Dublin title in clinching the girls U17 4000m.
AmyRose (who is the reigning U17 All Ireland champion) was in full control and eased away early on to take victory in what was her first XC outing of the year. Congratulations to AmyRose who will now go on to represent Dublin at the Nationals in Dundalk IT in December.

Earlier in the day our younger age groups were performing in style!!

U9 Report:
On a bright, cold day in Santry the Under 9 girls were first out of the traps. Blackrock AC was represented by Sarah Cowman and Maeve O’Riagain who were running in their first Cross Country Championships and put in a great performance (despite a fit of giggles on the starting line!).
The Under 9 boys were represented by Ruben Marnell, Andrew Schwer, Conor O’Brien and Max Bolger. They put in a great team performance with Ruben Marnell in particular running a great race and coming third overall and winning an individual medal.

U11 Report:
The course got a lot tougher for the Under 11s with the distance stretching to 1,500 metres. Against some tough competition, the Blackrock girls put in a great performance and well done to Libby O’Gorman, Annalie McMahon, Anna Purcell, Evie Marnell, Madeleine Crimmins, Aine O’Neill, Joanna Dunne, Ruby Mullen, Caoimhe Furey, Rachel O’Brien and Holly O’Brien.
Holly O’Briem had a super run as she took 9th place running up a year. For Anna, Ruby and Madeleine this was their first Cross Country competition and a special mention also to Rachel from the U10 group who was also running up a year.
Holly will be part of the Dublin team that will run in Dundalk.

The boys team of Sean O’Riagain, Daniel Schwer, Luke Moraghan Jack Fairmaner, Paul Sweeney and David McMahon put in a very solid performance and stuck together very well as a pack. Their efforts were rewarded with a third place finish and individual medal for Sean O’Riagain and a silver medal for the team. A special mention for Paul Sweeney who made his Cross Country debut with a very strong performance and for David McMahon who ran up an age The lads will now run in Dundalk at the Nationals where Sean will also be part of the Dublin team.

U13 Report:
A great day for the u13s who were running the 2,500 track. The girls represented by Isabel O’Brien, Lucy Schwer, Simone Towns, Ciara Dunne and Hannah O’Brien (running up an age) were in a field of over 70 athletes. The girls won the bronze team medal with all five of them having a great run despite plenty of pre-race nerves. A special mention for Ciara Dunne who came third in Dublin with a great individual run.
The boys were next represented by James O’Brien, Doug Walshe, Joe Sweeney, Harry Casey, Patrick O’Donnell, Sam O’Kelly as well as Robert O’Brien and Oscar Canavan running up an age. This was another tough race and the boys took home team silver with some great runs. It was Sam and Joe’s first cross country run for the club and they equipped themselves every well. Both teams now qualify for the All Irelands which is well deserved for all the hard work that they have put in over the last few months. Ciara and James will also be part of the Dublin teams in Dundalk.

Thanks to Fergal O’Riagain, Paul Walshe and Peter Cosgrove for the above reports and congratulations to all of those who will go on to run the Nationals in Dundalk IT in mid December.