JAMES Doran ( An Riocht) and Maria McCarthy (Farranfore / Maine Valley) are the new county senior cross-country champions and so join a select group who have won this most coveted of titles. They won their respective races in contrasting styles on a testing course in the Demnse Killarney on Sunday last.
In the senior women's 5k the defending champion Niamh O'Sullivan looked to have the race won only to be caught on the line by McCarthy. Deirdre Enright ran on strongly for third.
The senior mens event over a testing 10k saw Doran and seven times champion Cian Murphy share the lead over the opening 2k. Doran then went to the front and opened up a lead which he continued to build on with a great front running performance. George McCarthy added a senior bronze medal to the two silvers he has from the Novice and Intermediate championships.
Bridget Dennehy (Iveragh) outsprinted her clubmate Grace Lynch to win the Junior 4k, with Liam O'Connell also Iveragh winning the Junior mens 6k from Darragh Browne (Lios-Tuathail).
Following the very exciting juvenile cross country relays Kenmare won the shield as the best club following some great performances over the three days of the conty championships.
Results From Killarney
Relays U.9 Girls: 1st Farranfore, 2nd Kenmare, 3rd Ríocht U.9 Boys: 1st Spa/Muckross, 2nd Kenmare, 3rd Farranfore U.11 Girls: 1st Gneevguilla, 2nd Ríocht, 3rd Kenmare U.11 Boys: 1st Star of the Laune, 2nd Gneevguilla, 3rd Kenmare U.13 Girls: 1st Spa/Muckross, 2nd Kenmare U.13 Boys: 1st Gneevguilla, 2nd Kenmare U.15 Girls: 1st Spa/Muckross, 2nd Listowel, 3rd Kenmare U.15 Boys: 1st Gneevguilla, 2nd Farranfore Junior Women: 1st Bridget Dennehy, Iveragh; 2nd Grace Lynch, Iveragh; 3rd Cassandra Myers, Farranfore. Junior Men: 1st Liam O'Connel, Iveragh; 2nd Darragh Brown, Lios Tuathail; 3rd Kieran Lynch, Lios Tuathail. Team: Lios Tuathail. Senior Women: 1st Maria Mc Carthy, Farranfore; 2nd Niamh O'Sullican, Ríocht; 3rd Deirdre Enright, Ríocht. Senior Men: 1st James Doran, Ríocht; 2nd Cian Murphy, Iveragh; 3rd George Mc Carthy, Farranfore. Team: Ríocht.
On Sunday next the action switches to Waterford for the Munster Intermediate and uneven age juvenile cross-country championships.