Santry played host to the Leinster Schools XC competition earlier today where the going was particularly soft after the downpours of yesterday. Once again it was our club athletes, Sarah Healy (Holy Child Killiney) and AmyRose Farrell (Mount Anville), who stole the show with an absorbing race over 3,500m in the Intermediate Girls. It’s becoming a common theme that both girls like to stamp their authority on proceedings and today was no different when they both put on a tremendous display of front running, going toe to toe for close on two thirds of the race. Sarah maintained the unrelenting pace pulling away impressively in the closing stages and taking her third Leinster title in as many years. A truly superb display from her. AmyRose will also be delighted with her second place finish having made the initial move that only Sarah could go with and again a very impressive performance. Well done to both girls who are in the form of their lives and serving up some outstanding races for the spectators over the last few months. Julie Ringrose (Mount Anville) was also in this race and had a great 23rd place finish which secured a Bronze medal for the team and a place at the All Ireland Schools in Sligo.
It is worth noting that all three girls qualify for this age group again next year. Well done girls.
Earlier in the day, Ellen Cheung (Mount Anville) just had one of “those days” finishing in 20th place. After her recent excellent form which saw her winning the East Leinsters, she will be a little disappointed but showed great character in putting in a strong finish whilst Helena Paran (Mount Anville) also showed steely determination finishing in 14th place in the Junior race having suffered with shin splints over the last few weeks. Well done to both girls.
Pappy Tucker once again showed his outstanding natural talent with a strong 5th place in the Boys Junior race off very little running over the last few months. A great run and comfortably qualifying for the All Ireland Schools in Sligo. Oisin Kelly was running up a year in the Inter Boys and against very strong opposition held his own finishing inside the Top 40 and getting more experience along the way. Well done to the lads.
Next up is the Dublin Indoor Clubs over the next two weekends.