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All Ireland Uneven Ages Cross Country

WEST MUSKERRY A.C. FINISH ON A HIGH

Posted: 7/12/2014 - West Muskerry A.C. travelled to Santry in Dublin for the All Ireland uneven age Cross Country Championships on Sunday last the 7th of December. 12 of our athletes took part and competed with the best in the Country. Medals were awarded to the first 12 in each race, the first 3 County teams, First 3 Club teams and first three Provincial teams. The athletes did themselves, their club.

In the Boys U 13 3000m Connor O`Neill and his team mates all ran superbly. The false start did not put the boys off their concentration. With 130 athletes approx in the race they battled their way out. Connor sat in comfortably in the leading group. In the 2nd lap he moved us into the top 10 and came home like a train to claim the well deserved 7th place medal. Connor also helped Cork win the Gold medals and Munster also win the gold medals. His team mate Brian McNabola also battled all the way and he came home just out of the individual medals was well deserving of the gold medal for the Cork team. The rest of the team also battled well and were in 6th place in the team competition with very little points separating the first 6 teams. The team were Connor O`Neill, Brian McNabola, Eoin Moynihan, Tadgh Manning, Tom Downey, Conor Lucey and Conor O`Leary. A team to watch out for in the future.

In the boys U 11 1500m James O`Neill who was running up an age had an outstanding run. This was James first All Ireland and while it was a very nervous wait he battled his way to the front of the shoot which set him up for a great start. He battled his way all the way to the finish and came home very strong. He was also very deserving of the gold medal for Cork and the gold medal for Munster which he helped in securing. A talent to watch out for over the next few years.

In the Girls U 13 3000m Shannon Cotter also running up an age got boxed in at the start but kept her composure and worked her way back up the field again. She came home very strong and after all her effort she helped secure the gold Medal for the Munster team and also the Cork team. Another star in the rising.

In the Girls U 15 3500m Caitlin Hurley and Sarah Kelleher both up an age also had fantastic races. Both girls got off to a great start. With the underfoot conditions extremely mucky and sticky both girls ploughed through it. Caitlin came home very strong she secured Munster’s bronze medals and both girls helped Cork secure the bronze medals. Another great result for two talented athletes.

In the Boys U 19 6000m Billy Cronin and Seamus Gallagher have improved unbelievable over the last year. Both boys were running up an age and this did not stop them. Billy battled his way around the extremely cut up and mucky course. He got a stitch in the 2nd lap but worked through it and gained again on the last lap. He was well deserving of the gold medal as part of the Munster Team. Seamus also ran extremely well and he finished very strong. Both boys should be very happy with their performances this year and will improve even more for next year. The Club are now closed for Christmas Holidays for those in the field and will return to training Monday the 5th of January. Thursday the 11th of December will be the last night for those in the hall and they will return to training on Thursday the 8th of January. The club will be holding their AGM on Tuesday the 16th of December at 8pm in Murrays International Bar. All the coaches would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

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