Silver Lining for Golden Kealy

Annette Kealy landed women’s over 50 gold in the national masters cross country championships in Clanbridge Co.Galway.

Kealy finished 15th overall and led the W50 team to the silver medals. Kealy combined with Orla Gomerly (58th), Adrienne Atkins (104th) and Bernie Manley (163rd) to total 340 points.

This gave the W50 team silver medals behind An Riocht (294 pts) and well clear of Mayo A.C (437 pts).

Tara Kennedy Monks was first Raheny woman home in the race overall taking 25th place with Zoe Quinn 36th, Elaine O’Hagan McNulty 61st and Rachel Ormrod 103rd.

The W35 team finished in eighth place overall with 225 points, Crusaders taking gold with 103 pts.

While Des Kennedy took gold in the M45 race having finished seventh overall. Kenney was some 13 seconds clear of second placed Eamon White.

The men’s 35 team just out a medal, finishing just five points off the bronze medal with Kennedy combining with Brian Leahy (31st), Ciaran McGrath (37th) and Rory O’Sullivan (43rd) for a total of 118 points.

The Raheny team just five points behind bronze medallists Finn Valley and just 18 points off gold which went to Rathfarnham WSAF, Letterkenny took silver with 113 points.

Ian McConkey took 61st place overall.

The M50 were just as unlucky in the team category with Mick Traynor just missing out on an individual medal in the M50 category coming fourth.

The M50 team of Mick Traynor (93rd), Donald Quinn (107th), Brian Kelly (147) and Brendan Atkins (223rd) totalling 570 point’s just 16 points off bronze.

Orla Manley took 23rd place in the women’s national intermediate championship held over the same course, while in the men’s race Graham O’Dwyer placed 26th, Davey Duane 28th and Robert Frewen 40th.