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Encouraging runs by Kerry teams at crosscountry championship

DENNY MCSWEENEY

Published 28/11/2012 | 09:15

The Kerry Senior Men's Cross-country team who won their section at the National Inter-counties Cross-country Championships in Ratoath, Co. Meath on Sunday last. From left: Cian Murphy, Arthur Fitzgerald, Robert Purcell, George McCarthy, James Doran and...

KERRY were well represented at the national Intercounties and Juvenile Cross-country Championships in Ratoath, Co. Meath on Sunday last.

The senior women's team were the surprise packets of these championships when finishing a brilliant third behind Dublin and Cork. The foundations for this success were laid by Laura Crowe who finished an excellent eighth of the huge field in this very testing 8K event. Her An Ríocht club mate Niamh O'Sullivan ran strongly for 20th position with Maria McCarthy (Farranfore/Maine Valley) 21st and Deirdre Enright (An Ríocht) 54th.

The men's team who were competing in this event for the first time in a number of years also performed very well.

Their leading finisher was Cian Murphy (Iveragh) in 45th position, who was well supported by Arthur Fitzgerald and George McCarthy (Farranfore/ Maine Valley) James Doran and Darren Burke (An Ríocht) and Robert Purcell (Gneeveguilla). Their points tally was good enough to win their 'C' section from Tipperary and Down. They were placed 7th overall which represents a great result.

Brendan O'Connor, An Ríocht, was a scoring member of the bronze medal winning Munster team in the U-18 6,000m.

Fiachra Clifford was also a member of the Munster team who won Bronze in the U-14 4,000m when finishing 18th.

Others to run well was Alan Donoghue (An Ríocht) U-14, Darragh Browne (Lios Tuathail) U-16, David Kavanagh (Tralee Harriers) U-18 and Niamh De Hora and Jack O'Sullivan both Farranfore/ Maine Valley in their respective Junior event. FIXTURES Sunday, December 2 Munster Masters and the Juvenile Cross-country 'B' Championships in Newmarket-on-Fergus

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