Women’s Dublin Silver Lining

The Raheny Shamrock senior women’s team took Dublin senior silver and were just four points off the gold medal.

Kate Cronin returned to the country in excellent fashion to take fifth place in real cross country conditions in Santry, just 44 seconds off gold medallist Metro’s Catherina Mullen.

Iseult O’Donnell came home in ninth place with Lucy Barrett 15th and Niamh Corbett 16th for a total of 45 points. Metro won gold with 41 points, having to go back to 22nd place for their fourth scorer.

Others who ran for Raheny were Karen Crossan (18th), Ailis Murtagh (19th), Zoe Quinn (24th) and Orla Manley (30th).

The men’s team who were down a number of marathoners took fourth place in the team race in the now reduced to four to score cross country and was still dominated by the big five Dublin clubs.

Cillian Kirwan was first Raheny man home in ninth place with Tom McEnery (22nd), Des Kennedy (29th) and Brian Sexton (30th) making up the scoring four.

The non-scoring members were John Dunne (33rd), Ian McConkey (36th) and Donal Foley (61st).

Daniel Stone took bronze in the junior men’s and led the Raheny team to bronze with 67 points.

Luke Murphy (17th), Sean Flynn (23rd) and Aaron Tansey (24th) making up the Raheny junior team. For the record DSD took gold with 22 points with Clonliffe silver with 32 points.

Triona NicDhonail was the only Raheny athlete in the junior women’s race finishing in eighth place.