Wednesday 28 September 2016

Ireland women claim bronze medal at European Cross Country championships

Published 13/12/2015 | 18:36

The bronze medal winning Ireland Senior Women's team, top row from left, Caroline Crowley, Kerry O'Flaherty, Ciara Durkan; bottom row from left, Lizzie Lee, Fionnuala McCormack and Michelle Finn. SPAR European Cross Country Championships Hyeres 2015. Paray Le Monial, France. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
The bronze medal winning Ireland Senior Women's team, top row from left, Caroline Crowley, Kerry O'Flaherty, Ciara Durkan; bottom row from left, Lizzie Lee, Fionnuala McCormack and Michelle Finn. SPAR European Cross Country Championships Hyeres 2015. Paray Le Monial, France. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
The bronze medal Ireland Senior Women's team on the podium. Pictured left to right are Michele Finn, Ciara Durkan, Fionnuala McCormack, Caroline Crowley, Kerry O'Flaherty and Lizzie Lee. SPAR European Cross Country Championships Hyeres 2015. Paray Le Monial, France. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
Ireland's Kelly O'Flaherty, centre right, hugs team-mates Lizzie Lee, centre, and Fionnuala McCormack, right, alongside team-mate Ciara Durkan, left, after the team secured a bronze in the Senior Women's event. SPAR European Cross Country Championships Hyeres 2015. Paray Le Monial, France. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

A brilliant fourth-placed finish from Fionnuala McCormack helped Ireland's women's team finish third at the European Cross Country championships in Hyeres in France.

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McCormack maintained her remarkable record at the European Cross Country Championships with three fourth place finishes, two firsts and a sixth in the last six years and helped the team claim a second successive bronze medal at the event.

Lizzie Lee was 13th, Caroline Crowley placed 23rd and Ciara Durkan was 46th as Ireland finished behind Great Britain and hosts France in the overall pecking order.

“When you cross the line fourth you’re obviously going to be disappointed but when you turn around and see happy, exhausted faces at least you’ve gotten something out of it,” said McCormack said afterwards. 

The bronze medal Ireland Senior Women's team on the podium. Pictured left to right are Michele Finn, Ciara Durkan, Fionnuala McCormack, Caroline Crowley, Kerry O'Flaherty and Lizzie Lee. SPAR European Cross Country Championships Hyeres 2015. Paray Le Monial, France. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
The bronze medal Ireland Senior Women's team on the podium. Pictured left to right are Michele Finn, Ciara Durkan, Fionnuala McCormack, Caroline Crowley, Kerry O'Flaherty and Lizzie Lee. SPAR European Cross Country Championships Hyeres 2015. Paray Le Monial, France. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

“Coming fourth means something for the team for points so it’s not just about me. I can be disappointed on the one hand but on the other we do come away with a team medal and it’s all about the team in cross country.”

Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands won the 8km race in a time of 25:47.

Ireland's Kelly O'Flaherty, centre right, hugs team-mates Lizzie Lee, centre, and Fionnuala McCormack, right, alongside team-mate Ciara Durkan, left, after the team secured a bronze in the Senior Women's event. SPAR European Cross Country Championships Hyeres 2015. Paray Le Monial, France. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
Ireland's Kelly O'Flaherty, centre right, hugs team-mates Lizzie Lee, centre, and Fionnuala McCormack, right, alongside team-mate Ciara Durkan, left, after the team secured a bronze in the Senior Women's event. SPAR European Cross Country Championships Hyeres 2015. Paray Le Monial, France. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

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