County T & F CIT Cork 2017
Smiles all round for West Muskerry A.C.
Posted: 19/05/2017 -
Five businesses from Macroom sponsored a running top and gear bag for the 14 West Muskerry Athletes who competed at the All Ireland and West Muskerry A.C. are very grateful for their support. The athletes were so proud to represent the club in their new gear and it motivated them to compete at their very best. We would like to thank The Riverside Park Hotel, Follain Jam, Deasys Pharmacy, Macroom Opticians and Twomey Butchers for the sponsorship. The presentation was made by the Sponsors in the Riverside Park Hotel on Friday the 25th November last.
The 14 athletes then. travelled to Abbotstown Co .Dublin to compete in the All Ireland Even Age Final on Sunday last the 27th of November and what a fantastic day it was for the club. There were nearly 200 athletes in every race and the new purpose built High Performance Cross Country Course was fantastic. The competition standard was extremely high and our athletes were warming up with some of Irelands finest Olympians who were also competing in the Senior competition.
The Boys U 12 were first to go. The had to cover a very fast and dry 2000m course. It was a total new experience for some of the boys but boy they did not disappoint. There were 19 teams in the competition and almost 200 athletes. Colm Gellispie and Breandan O` Sullivan were also on the Munster team. Colm Gellispie helped Munster secure the bronze medal a fantastic achievement for Colm and the club team finished in an incredible 7th place with very little separating the first 10 teams. The team were Colm Gellispie, Breandan O`Sullivan, Evan Cunningham, Jamie Hourihan, James Lucey and Rowan Mullane. They are definitely a team to watch out for in the future.
In the Girls U 14 3000m Shannon Cotter was up for the race from the word go. Her focus and determination was exceptional. She went out with the lead group and battled her way around the tough course. Medals are awarded to the first 12 individuals and on the home stretch Shannon was battling hard with the group who all finished very close together and was well deserving of her individual 8th place medal. As there was a mix up with results for the County and Provence competition medals have not been awarded for this yet but from working out the results it is likely that Shannon will win the gold medal for Munster and the silver medal for Cork.
In the Boys and Girls U 16 4000m race all 5 athletes gave it their very best on the day. Unfortunately, two of the athletes got stitches in the first lap but they continued to work through the field and all 5 athletes finished strongly. They are hoping to better themselves at the uneven age All Ireland in Dundalk which they have qualified for also. They athletes were Jennifer Cotter, Caitlin Hurley, Tadhg Manning, James Downey and Sean O` Sullivan
In the Girls U 18 & Junior 4000m race Stephanie Cotter was in superb form. Stephanie prepared very well for the cross-country season and she is being rewarded for all her efforts. She settled in nicely on the first lap. She did feel her legs were heavy in the race but she kept the fight going and sprinted home and was well deserving of her individual 3 place in the U 18 category. She also won the Gold medal with the Munster team and the bronze medal with the Cork team. Stephanie was also part of the Junior women Cork team and helped them secure the silver medals. A fantastic achievement from a very talented young lady. Stephanie will be competing in the U 19 All Ireland in Dundalk shortly.
In the Junior Men 6000m Seamus Gallagher had a fantastic race. This was his first race out of juvenile competitions and the experience he has gained running with the best Juniors in Ireland is invaluable. He was delighted to have represented his Club and County at such a high level.