MORE THAN a dozen young athletes from Boyne AC descended on picturesque Darver on Sunday for the annual Noel Mc Guill & Sandra Floyd Memorial Cross-Country races.
Hosted by Dunleer AC, this event, now in its 40th year, is always a popular race with both juveniles and seniors alike, and Boyne's contenders braved the biting cold to once again display the excellent talent that the club has to offer.
The smaller members were given the opportunity to showcase their skills in the U-7 300m fun run, and Caoimhe Doyle and Ella McLoughlin were the first to get the Boyne supporters cheering. In the boys race, young Calum Byrne, Oliver Carolan and Sean Cummins all proved that they are ones to look out for in future years!
The girls U-9s began the competition proper with a superb run over 600m from Lily Cummins, finishing in seventh place, with Anna Faulkner in eighth and Emer Doyle following close behind. In the boys 600m event, Cathal Monaghan displayed some fine running, as did Adam Byrne and Brian Keelan.
Warming up for their upcoming All Ireland cross country competition, Jessica Welsh and Moya McCabe were next to run in the Girls U11 1,000m, finishing in an impressive eighth and 13th place respectively.
The boys U-11 race was heavily contested by athletes from all over the North East, and running out of age for Boyne in this 1,000m event were nine-year-olds Jack Carolan, who just missed out on a medal, finishing in fourth place, Killian McLoughlin in an impressive 14th and Eoghan Brennan close behind.
The big winner on the day for Boyne was Eva Cummins, who took the top spot on the winners' podium in the Girls U-13 1,500m race, proving that she will be a tough competitor in the upcoming cross country All Irelands. Blaithnaid Donnelly also ran a great race over this challenging course.
Last to run for Boyne AC was Harry Carolan who competed well in the boys U-13 1,500m race.
The young athletes from Boyne then made the journey home, with fingers and toes numb from the cold, but certainly happy with their day's work!
- Boyne AC held their agm recently, with the current committee reelected for the coming year, and the club now has a new website, www.boyneac.com, which will have all the up-to-date news and important information on the club.