Brian Fay encased a silver lining around Abbotstown as he took second place in the National senior cross country championship.
On real cross country course Fay excelled in the second half to finish well clear of pre-race favourite Sean Tobin and take silver behind a brilliant cross country running performance from Tullamore Harriers Liam Brady.
Fay is still under-23 and his second place secured the U-23 gold medal and poses a couple of questions to the selectors on whether to include Fay in the senior or U-23 for next month’s European cross country.
Fay’s silver medal led the team home to bronze, who were without Conor Dooney while defending champion Kevin Dooney took the start line however had missed a very chunck of his pre-season training.
The ever reliant Mick Clohisey came home in 10th place with Cillian Kirwan finishing 42nd and Daire Bermingham 71st for a total of 125 points. Clonliffe won out with 52, whie DSD took silver with 88 points.
Other Raheny athletes who performance in the national senior were Des Kenedy 100th, John Dunne 102nd, Robert Frewen 103rd, Ian McConkey 125st, Stephen Butler 126th and Graham O’Dwyer 151st.
Iseult O’Donnell was first Raheny woman home in the senior women’s race taking 37th place with Niamh Corbett 54th and Blaithin Sheil 54th and Lucy Barrett 63rd as the women’s team finished sixth with 211 points. Aoibhinn McGoldrick was the non-scoring team member in 65th place.
Leevale took gold with 120 points.
In the junior men’s race Daniel Stone produced an excellent run to take eighth place. Adam Condon took 38th place with Luke Murphy 77th and Dara Macriocaird finishing 111th as the team took ninth place. Sean Flynn was the team’s non-scoring member in 120th place.
In the junior women’s race Triona NicDhonaill finished 47th.
On what feels like a disappointing day, an individual national silver medal and a team bronze is a very good return and there is still more to come in this men’s team.
The final Cross Country championship of 2010’s means the club landed four national club titles. The Women’s title in 2013 and men’s in 2016/17/18. As well as two junior men’s titles.
While Mick Clohisey (three times) and Kevin Dooney landed the individual men’s title.
The future remains very bright, one life, one club.