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All Ireland Uneven Ages Cross Country 2015

SHANNON COTTER ACHIEVES HER GOAL

Posted: 7/12/2015 - West Muskerry A.C. were in action on Sunday the 6th of December last in the All Ireland uneven age Cross Country Championships in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. The club had 19 athletes in total competing in this Championship which is a fantastic achievement for the club.

In the Girls U 13 Shannon Cotter was on top of the world at the end of her 2,500m. Shannon set her goal at the start of the year to finish in the top 12 in the All Ireland and she worked extremely hard to achieve this goal. She went out and had to work extremely hard over the first half of the race. Once she settled into her pace she picked the athletes off and sprinted home and was well deserving of the 11th place individual medal. The icing on the cake came when she also won the gold medal with the Cork team and the silver medal with the Munster Team. A fantastic achievement for an up and coming star.

In the Boys U 11 1500m all 6 boys ran superb. It was their first big race and they are definitely a team to watch out for in the future. All 6 boys put in lots of hard training sessions to prepare for the race and deserved their achievement as being one of the best athletes in Ireland at the start line. Colm Gellispie and James O`Neill won the gold medals as part of the Cork team and in the club team competition the boys finished in 9th place a fantastic achievement. The team were Colm Gellispie, James O`Neill, Breandan O`Sullivan, Rowan O`Mullane, Jamie Hourihan and James Lucey.

In the Girls U 15 3500m the West Muskerry Girls again ran superbly. The competition was extremely tough but our girls battled it out. Jennifer Cotter and Caitlin Hurley were well deserving of the bronze medals with the Cork team. The Club team did extremely well also and finished in 6th place. The team were Jennifer Cotter, Caitlin Hurley, Sarah Kelleher and Annie Maher.

In the Boys U 15 The West Muskerry Boys again gave it their all. Again the standard was very competitive and while our boys were out of medals on this occasion they all ran superb and are definitely a team to watch out for in the future. The team were Connor O`Neill, Tadhg Manning, James Downey and Sean O`Sullivan.

In the Boys U 17 5000m Colm O`Mahony gave it his all. The underfoot conditions were extremely tough after the previous races but Colm still battled his way around. He was out of the medals on this occasion but is another athlete to watch out for in the future.

In the Novice Men John Cronin, Jerry O`Mahony and Michael McSweeney all ran well and were very happy with their performances and are looking forward to their next outing in a few weeks.

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