Freddy third in Abbotstown

Freddy Keron-Sittuk opened his cross country season taking bronze in the Athletics Ireland Open Cross Country Festival at the new national cross country venue in Abbotstown.

Freddy landed bronze finishing nine seconds behind overall winner and former two time AXA Raheny 5 winner Mullingar Harriers Mark Christie.

Mick Clohisey finished 23 seconds behind Christie in sixth place with Kevin Dooney just seven seconds behind Mick in seventh. Conor Dooney took 10th position.

There was a good showing from the Raheny men with the national inter-club cross country championship just five weeks away. Simon Ryan placed 27th while Michael McMahon came home 30th overall and fifth man over 35.

John Dunne took 35th place with Eoin Strutt 49th just ahead of Des Kennedy who was second over 45 and Donal Foley in 51st place.

Other Raheny Shamrock men across the line were David Kirwan 56th, Ciaran McCarthy 61st, Dermot Gorman 73rd and Rory O’Sullivan 79th.

Mick Traynor took 82nd place overall and fourth over 50 with Daniel Scully 96th, Ian McConkey 100th, and Donal Quinn 147 in 32:34.

Fionnuala McCormack won the senior women’s race with Karen Crossan the first raheny athlete home in 41st place and Laura Brennan taking 57th.

Orla Gormley placed 61st overall and took third in the over 50 category. Orla Manley came home in 63rd with Adrienne Atkins 73rd and fifth over 50. Helen Carr finished 77th.

Niamh Corey took a very commendable sixth place in the junior women’s race, 43 seconds behind Welsh race winner Cari Hughes with Lucy Barrett finishing 19th.

Brian Fay took 22nd position in the junior men‘s race over six kilometres.

Also Tara Kennedy won the prestigious An Cosantoir “defence forces” 10K on Wednesday October 12th, posting 39 minutes 24 seconds. 29 seconds clear of second place Maeve Fenton.