Up and Running: Double delight for Dublin
Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock AC) and Sarah McCormack (Clonliffe Harriers AC) delivered on the double for Dublin at Sunday's Woodie's DIY Inter Club & Juvenile Inter County Relay Cross-Country Championships at Dundalk IT.
Dundrum South Dublin AC (DSD) dominated the team competitions with a full sweep of gold medals in the junior and senior categories.
Clohisey and Gary Thornton (Galway City Harriers AC) raced into an early lead on the first lap of the 12,000m senior men's race. Defending champion Sergiu Ciobanu (Clonliffe Harriers AC) was unable to contain the front runners as he settled into third place.
Clohisey made a surge with a little more than a lap remaining to take him clear. Thornton took silver with a time of 39.19 and Ciobanu was third in 39.34.
Dundrum South Dublin won the team title with a score of 35 points, a single point clear of Clonliffe Harriers.
The senior women's championship proved to be an exciting race with Sarah McCormack (Clonliffe Harriers AC), Michelle McGee (Brothers Pearse AC) and Maria McCambridge (Dundrum South Dublin AC) battling it out.
McCormack made her decisive move with a little more than 300m remaining and sprinted to victory in 29.41. McGee fought on to hold down second place in 29.48, with McCambridge just behind in third (29.50). DSD, led by McCambridge, won the team title with a score of 26 points ahead of Raheny Shamrock AC.
There was another close contest in the junior men's race between Aaron Hanlon (Clonliffe Harriers AC) and Kevin Mulcaire (Ennis Track AC). Mulcaire applied the pressure over the final lap to win in 19.46.
Sarah Miles (Dundrum South Dublin AC) reeled in long-time leader Clodagh O'Reilly (Annalee AC) to win the junior women's title.
There were also a number of exciting inter-county juvenile relays.