It was a bronze laden day at the 2021 National cross country championships in Santry as both the senior women and junior men’s team took bronze medal’s.
Niamh Kearney produced a top 10 finish in the senior women’s race to lead the women’s team home to bronze with Isuelt O’Donnell 21st.
Kate Purcell made a welcome return to this level with an excellent 43rd place with Aisling Ahern taking 45th place giving the side 119 points, one point ahead of pre-race favourites Dublin City Harriers.
Leevale took the silver medals with 98 points, a side which contained two Olympians in new national champion Michelle Finn and Lizzie Lee.
It was Letterkenny’s day as they took the national title for the first time and were led home by experience international Ann Marie McGlynn.
This is a young Raheny team and their achievement in what was a high quality race is further more heighten by the amount of internationals involved in both the gold and silver medal winning teams.
Credit must also go to the non-scoring team members Zoe Quinn (56th), Lucy Barrett (62nd) and Jenny O’Sullivan (81st).
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The curtain raiser to the women’s race saw an excellent performance from the junior men’s team to take bronze led home by Adam Condon in ninth place.
Shane Spring (27th), James Hyland (34th) and Luke Murphy (41st) gave Raheny 174 points just three behind second placed Clonliffe with a crack Ennis Track club team taking gold with 97 points.
There was also strong performances from Dara MacRiocaird, Conall Rogers and Christopher Hamill making this team a very competitive stide.
The senior men’s team were hit heavily by sickness and covid while Daniel Stone (52nd), Cillian Kirwan (53rd), Dylan O’Brien (131st), Graham O’Dwyer (135th) to see the team finish 10th place. Rory O’Sullivan finished 161st.
There’s still plenty of medals to win.
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