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GREAT DAY FOR WEST MUSKERRY ATHLETES

Posted: 29/9/2014 - West Muskerry A.C. were in action on Saturday last in the West Cork Cross County Championship and what a great day was had by all. It was the first competition for some of the athletes. The club also hosted the event and are very grateful to Mr. Gus Murphy for the use of his land.

The Boys U 14 were unstoppable in the individual competition as well as in the team competition. They had 2500m to run and Connor O` Neill and James Downey broke away from the pack with Tadhg Manning and Tom Downey in close pursuit. Connor opened up a gap on last hill and was well deserving of the gold medal. James finished close behind him in 2nd place and Tadhg Manning followed close behind him in 3rd place. Tom Downey was the fourth member home and the four boys clenched the gold medals in the team event.

The Girls U 14 2500m again was a very exciting race. Jennifer proved the strongest and was a clear winner. She was followed home by her club mate Caitlin Hurley in 2nd place. Sarah Kelleher was the third member of the team home which helped clench the silver medals in the team competition.

In the U 20 race Rachael O` Shea was a class act and was well clear of the field and ran a very strong race to take the gold medal. Her teammate Sharon O` Sullivan also had a great race and finished in 3rd position.

In the U 20 mens race Billy Cronin was unstoppable and again was well clear of the field to take the gold medal. His teammate Seamus Gallagher also ran well and was well deserving of the individual bronze medal.

In the Senior Womens race Clodagh Galvin competed in her first cross country race and also proved too strong for her competitors and won the gold medal. Her teammate Karena McCarthy sprinted home and clinched the bronze medal.

The Senior Men completed 6000m and it was a very tight contest for the team medals. The West Muskerry men came out on top and were thrilled to win the gold team medals. The team were John Cronin, Michael McSweeney, Jeremy Kelleher, Jerry O` Mahony, Keith Ryan and Jerry O`Riordan.

In the girls U 9 700m Eimear Galvin had a great run in her first every cross country. She even managed a smile crossing the finish line.

All of the boys U 9 competed in their first Cross Country race and ran extremely well. The fought all the way and were rewarded with the bronze medals in the team competition. The team were made up of James Lucey, Graham Lynch, Ciaran Fitzgerald, Michael Downey and Oscar Cussen Walsh.

In the Girls U 10 1000m Rachel Kelleher ran a fantastic race and sprinted up the finish line. She captained her team to the silver medals a great achievement. Her team were Aisling O` Leary, Caoimhe Murphy, and Danielle O` Neill.

In the Boys u 10 James O` Neill came from the middle of the pack up to the front in the last lap and with 150m to go he made his move and sprinted home to clinch the gold medal. His teammate Colm Gillespie also stormed home to take the bronze medal. In the team event the won the silver medals and the team was James O` Neill, Colm Gillespi, Rowan Mullan and Kevin Underhill.

In the Girls U 12 1500m Shannon Cotter fought hard around the course and sprinted up the hill into the finish line and was well deserving of 2nd place. Shannon's team just missed out on the gold medals but all of the girls ran superb and were delighted with the silver medals.

They were Shannon Cotter, Katelyn Kelleher, Sarah O` Neill, Grainne Twomey, Aoife Lucey and Beibhinn Moynihan.

In the boys U 12 1500m both MacDara O` Conaola and Conor Lucey ran very well on a tough course and finished very strong.

The boys u 16 also had a great race. They had 3000m and again all three boys were well deserving of their silver team medals. The team were John Downey, David Lucey and Padraig Moynihan.

The club will be competing in the County Even Age and Novice Cross Country championships on Sunday next the 5th of October and the club will be hosting this event and we wish all the athletes the very best of luck.

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