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Munster Uneven Ages Cross Country 2015

HARD WORK PAYS OFF FOR WEST MUSKERRY ATHLETES

Posted: 13/11/2015 - What a competition the athletes of West Muskerry A.C. had on Sunday the 8th of November last in Beaufort Co. Kerry in the Munster Uneven Age Cross Country Championships. Medals were awarded to the first 12 across the finish line, the first 3 club teams and the first 3 County teams. The lashing rain and the muck and very poor underfoot conditions did not put the West Muskerry athletes off their race and every one finished showing the true determination of a talented bunch of athletes.

There was no stopping the Boys U 11 and each and everyone of the team fought right to the end. James O`Neill ran fantastically and over took a good few athletes in the final stages of the race and he was well deserving of his 7th place medal. His teammate Colm Gellispie took a fall earlier in the race but he got up again and worked hard to get back to the lead group and was also well deserving of his 8th place race. Both boys won gold medals with Cork. The icing on the cake came when the team results were called out and the gold medals were awarded to the West Muskerry team. All 6 boys were absolutely delighted with their performance and well deserving of the gold medals. They were James O`Neill, Colm Gellispie, Breandán O`Sullivan, Jamie Hourihan, Rowan Mullane and James Lucey. All 6 boys now qualify for the All Ireland on Sunday the 6th of December in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.

In the Girls U 9 Katie O`Neill battled hard up the finishing straight and was well deserving of her 10th place medal. Katie also won gold with the Cork team. Her team mates also did well but were out of the medals in the team competition. They were Lilly O`Shea, Grace Kelleher, Fern Mullane, Kate Downey and Eirn Kelleher.

In the girls U 15 race Jennifer Cotter ran very strong in tough conditions. There was not a blade of grass to be seen on the track and she was well deserving of her 7th place medal. Her team mate Caitlin Hurley also ran superb and while just missing out on the individual medal both Jennifer and Caitlin secured the gold medals for Cork. They were followed home closely by team mates Sarah Kelleher and Annie Maher and the four girls were well deserving of the bronze medals in the team event. All 4 are now looking forward to their All Ireland.

In the Girls U 13th Shannon Cotter ran superbly and she came home very strong gaining places as she sprinted home. She was well deserving of the 8th place medal and also won the gold medal for the Cork team. Her teammates were just out of the medals in the team competition on this occasion but all ran superbly. They were Sarah O`Neill, Katelyn Kelleher, Grainne Twomey, Brigin Kelleher and Ciara Bradley.

The Boys U 15 also ran fantastic races. Sean O`Sullivan battled hard with the lead group and on the final straight home he sprinted but was just out of the individual medals. He did secure the gold medal with the Cork team and also he and his teammates secured the bronze medals in the team competition. The team were Sean O`Sullivan, James Downey, Tadhg Manning and Connor O`Neill. All four boys are now looking forward to the All Irelands.

In the boys U 19 Seamus Gallagher worked really hard over the 6000m course. Seamus is showing great promise this year and has improved with all his races. He was well deserving of the gold medal in the County competition.

In the Boys U 9 again all three boys ran superbly and even though they were out of the medals on this occasion they are definitely stars in the making. They were Killian O`Mahony, Sean Lucey and Odhran Creed.

Likewise the girls U 11 all ran superbly and are improving with every race they run. They were out of the medals on this occasion but are again looking like they will be the stars of the further. They were Rachel Kelleher, Danielle O`Neill, Eimear O`Sullivan, Moira Leahy and Aisling O`Leary.

In the Boys U 13 again all four boys ran superb. They never gave in and battled all the way to the finish line. They were out of the team medals but still did themselves and their club proud. They were Macdara O`Conaola, Dylan Defaoite,James McCarthy and Paul Downey.

In the Boys U 17 Colm O`Mahony also ran a fantastic race. Conditions were extremely tough for his race but he battled away. He was just outside the individual medals but he did enough to qualify as part of the Cork Team for the All Ireland.

In the Senior Men 10000m Jerry O`Mahony had a good run. He was very happy with his performance and improved his time.

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