Monday, October 12, 2015

County Intermediate, Masters _ Juvenile Uneven Ages XC 2015

It was another highly successful weekend for Farranfore Maine Valley AC athletes! The County Intermediate, Masters & Juvenile Uneven Ages Cross Country Championships were hosted by our own club in Bushmount, Firies on Sunday last.
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The first race of the day was the women's Intermediate & Masters 4000m race. Maria McCarthy continued her great running performance by comfortably finishing first overall and also taking the O40 title. Caitriona Barry looked very strong and won the Intermediate title along with silver in the O40 category. Grainne Tierney was second in the O35 category.. In the team standings our club won bronze in the Intermediates (Caitriona Barry, Grainne Tierney, Niamh DeHora & Maura Fitzgerald). The ladies collect two team medals in the Masters category O35. 1st team (Gold) Maria McCarthy, Caitriona Barry & Grainne Tierney. Second team (Bronze) Jane Hewitt, Mary O'Shea & Pauline Joseph.

Juvenile Uneven 
In the Juvenile Uneven races we had close to 40 young aspiring athletes competing and many for the very first time. Each and everyone of them performed very well on the day and the club was very proud of there efforts. 
The first of these races was the U9 750m Girls. The 9 team members all ran exceptionally well Rhian McCarthy, wearing the club singlet for the first time, finished in 2nd place. Grainne Costello finished in 5th place and just behind her was Mairead Walsh in 6th. The whole team did very well and by doing so earned themselves first team place. The other girls who made up the team were: Sarah Palmer, Siun Horgan, Amy Kelliher, Roisin Callaghan, Niamh O'Shea, Sofia Bowler O'Riordan & Clodagh O'Sullivan. Our U9 boys team won silver for the club. The team was made up of Kian Costello, Marcus Clifford, Liam O'Brien & Matthew Horgan.

In the U11 1500m Girls we had three athletes competing. Eabha McCarthy, who is out of age, had a fight on her hands towards the end. Making up ground in the last three hundred meters to end with a sprint finish between two other girls for second place. Unfortunately Eabha just missed out on the line but deservedly earned herself individual 4th place. Ellen Kelliher equally ran very well to finish in 7th place with Doireann O'Shea not far behind.
We had seven boys competing in the U11's. Cormac Costello was first home for the when he ran a very solid race to finish in 6th place. Unfortunately they just missed out in a team medal. The team was made up of Diarmuid Kirwan, Micheal Fitzgerald, Fionn Coleman, Sean Galvin, Jack O'Brien and John Kerrisk.

In the U13 2500m Girls, Natasha Myers did very well to finish in 4th place. With this and her teams performance they secured bronze for the team. She was followed home by Shauna McCarthy in 7th, Corrina Griffin, Alice Casey, Aine O'Shea, Emma Casey, Caoimhe O'Brien, Meabh Coleman & Elaine McMahon. Well done to them all as most were out of age.
Cian Spillane, also running out of age, had a very good run and fighting all the way to come in 2nd place. In doing so secured bronze for the team. The other team members were Conal O'Mahony, Anthony Kelliher & Malachy Kirwan. A mention too for Sean Joseph who turned up on the day to fill in if required.

One of our newest members, Luke McLarnon from Dingle, swapped the GAA ball for the spikes when he competed in the U19 race. Running 5000m cross country is a daunting task for most athletes, but Luke did very well and ran a well controlled race. He earned himself a individual silver medal for his efforts.
The last race of the day was the combined Intermediate & Masters 7000m race. This was 6 laps of the course. It was great to see a good turnout from most clubs. We had five men competing. First home for the club was George McCarthy, securing 3rd in the O40, Ger Ladden was not far behind and was 2nd in the O50. The club team won silver in the O35 masters category. The remainder of the team was Verners Tess, Cathal Kirwan & Dermot Dineen. This was Dermot's first XC race for the club. So well done to all.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to PJ & Julie Walsh for giving us the use of their lands to facilitate these events. It is not always easy to find a venue. Special thanks also to all our volunteers for preparing the course and helping out on the day. Thanks to those who facilitated the teas & sandwiches, the funds raised will go a long way to help coaching our young aspiring athletes.