Strutting to Dublin Novice Gold

Eoin Strutt landed the men’s Dublin Novice for 2017 title while Niamh Corry led the women’s team home to Gold in the Phoenix Park.

The traditional opener of the cross country season, the Dublin Novice saw Raheny Shamrock pick up where they left off, having won the National Cross Country League in 2016/17.

Niamh Corry was the first woman home in third place and was followed by Zoe Quinn, Iseut O’Donnell and Captain Orla Manley as the Raheny women took gold.

The final results saw Corry third, Zoe Quinn fifth, Isueult O’Donnell seventh and Orla Manley 11th giving the women’s team 26 points well clear of Crusaders who mustered 55 points.

Also running were Laura Brennan 13th, Aisling Ahern 43rd, Deirbhile O’Keefe 61st, Eimear O’Keefe 67th, Orla Lambe 70th.

Eoin Strutt then got his season off to a flyer winning the men’s race and leading the men’s team of Rory O’Sullivan, Will Walsh and Graham O’Dwyer to bronze.

The final result saw Strutt first, Rory O’Sullivan 14th, Will Walsh 17th and Graham O’Dwyer 23rd giving the men a total of 55 points just one point behind Donore Harriers with Crusaders taking gold with 23 points. Patrick Santini finished 79th.

A very impressive performance particularly as the Raheny team was just five strong.

In the Dublin juvenile league Adam Condon was second under 15 and Sean Flynn was second under 16, a flying start to the season.

Elsewhere Mick Clohisey finished 14th in the Cardiff half marathon posting 65 minutes 33 seconds.