Saturday 21 April 2018

It's a happy ending for St Gerard's

The young athletes of Dundalk St Gerards AC took the short trip down the motorway to Oldbridge for the annual Rás na hEireann hosted by Dunleer AC on Sunday.

The early frost meant conditions were cool but bright and with the thaw came sticky underfoot conditions which ensured a good test of stamina for the hardy racers. As per usual the standard was high with large fields of athletes battling it out against each other particularly in the younger age groups.

First into action was the promising Cara Miele in the U9 girls 500m who ran an excellent race finishing strongly just outside the top ten and medalist positions.

Finn O'Connor repeated the dose in the boys equivalent battling through the field for a fine run. The U11 girls were the top performers on the day once again with accomplished showings all round.

Enya Silkena once again showed her class with a great second place with Grainne Moran and Tara O'Conor taking individual medals in 9th and 10th.

Showing up well was Abaigh Moonan just behind in 12th, Doireann Conlon running out of her age continued her improvement finishing strong again, just a few places behind were Daire McEnteggart and Nicole Mulholland also coming home well.

In the boys U11 event Hayden Mulholland and Ethan Mullen both showed strong finishing kicks and continued their progress.

In the U13 girls race those two great club servants Leah Miele and Emily Moran continued their recent improvement showing they are on an upward curve.

The U15 girls race was one of the highest quality races of the day. Despite this and moving up an age group Leah Mooney had another fantastic run, staying in contention all the way and showing a good racing brain to finish in an excellent medal winning 4th place to add to her growing reputation.

In the U15 boys race the ever reliable Conall Quinn ran another stormer in a strong contest and despite having a preference for middle distances kept going well through the pain barrier summoning up the stamina to take a medal.

Last up were the ever reliable Caitlin Mulholland and Kate Smyth in the junior ladies race which took place concurrent with the senior ladies contest. Both girls ran excellent races to finish in 3rd and 4th place to round off a great days racing and the cross country season in fine style.

Irish Independent