West Muskerry A.C. were in action in the Munster Even Age Cross Country Championships in Two Mile Borris Co. Tipperary on Sunday the 26th of October and had a fantastic day. All the athletes competed really well and there were over 100 competitors in almost every race. Medals were awarded to the first 12 across the line, the first three teams and the first three Counties.
In the Girls U10 1000m Rachael Kelleher and her teammates ran exceptionally well. The four girls battled their way through the big numbers and should be very proud of their performance. Rachael Kelleher had a fantastic race and she was just out of the individual medals but Rachael helped Cork win the silver medals and she was well deserving of her medal. Her team finished out of the medals on this occasion. The team were Rachael Kelleher, Niamh McNabola, Danielle O` Neill and Roisin Walsh.
In the Boys U10 1000m James O`Neill and Colm Gelispie ran superbly. James was in 7th place with 200m to go but he gritted his teeth and fought right up to the finish line and only narrowly missed out on the gold medal but was well deserving of the silver medal. His team mate Colm also ran superbly and came storming home and finished in 11th position. This was a fantastic achievement for the boys to have 2 in the top 12. Their teammate James Lucey who was up an age ran also ran very well and he is looking forward to his own age Munster in Co. Clare on the 9th of November next.
In the Girls U12 2000m the nerves and injury got the better of the team on Sunday. All the team finished and gave it their best they could on the day. They will be back to fight again and their through talent will shine through. They were Shannon Cotter, Katelyn Kelleher, Sarah O` Neill, Grainne Twomey, Aoife Lucey, Dearbhla Walsh, and Beibhinn Moynihan.
In the boys U12 2000m Conor Lucey and Darren Moynihan also ran extremely well. Both boys finished strongly and Conor is looking forward to running up an age at the Munster on the 9th of November and Darren is looking forward to running his own age at the Munster in County Clare.
In the girls U14 3000m sickness struck the team but all 4 girls gave 100% and did a fantastic job as they secured the Bronze Medals in the team competition and a chance to compete at that All Ireland in Dundalk on the 23rd of November. Jennifer Cotter ran a superb race and won the individual 5th place medal and also helped Cork to win the gold medals. She was back up by her teammates Sarah Kelleher, Annie Maher and Caitlin Hurley. All 4 are looking forward to running in the National.
In the Boys U14 3000m Connor O`Neill ran a fantastic race and is one to watch out for in the future. He is making steady improvements with every race he runs. He was running up an age on Sunday and he stormed home to win the individual 6th place medal. Connor also helped Cork win the Gold medal and captained his team to the silver medals. His teammates also ran superbly and were well deserving of their silver team medals. The team were Connor O`Neill, James Downey, Eoin Moynihan, Brian McNabola, Tadgh Manning, and Eoin McNabola. The boys are now looking forward to the All Ireland in Dundalk.
The boys U16 competed over 4000m and were very unlucky to miss out on qualification in the team competition. All 5 boys ran extremely well and they will be back again to fight another day. They were Darragh Walsh, Christopher Maher, David Lucey, John Downy and Padraig Moynihan.
In the Boys U18 6000m all three boys ran a fantastic race. Garry O`Sullivan finished very strong and closed on the leaders over the last 300m and finished in 5th place. His teammate Billy Cronin also ran superbly and he also got stronger in the last half of the race and finished in 12th position. Both boys helped Cork win the silver medals along with their teammate Seamus Gallagher. All three will compete in the All Ireland in Dundalk in a few weeks.
Clodagh Galvin competed in the Novice & U23 women 4000m and finished very strong in what was her first big competitive race. She is improving with every race she does.
The Novice men also ran extremely well over the 6000m course and are improving all the time. The team were Michael McSweeney, John Cronin, Jeremy Kelleher, Keith Ryan and Jerry O`Mahony
Well done also to John Cronin of West Muskerry Senior Group who ran the Dublin City Marathon and finished in a time of 3.17 and achieved a huge personal best over the marathon distance.
The West Muskerry Athletic Club would like to thank Dunnes Stores Macroom for allowing us to do a bag pack fundraiser in their store. The club would like to thank all those who supported the fundraiser. Your generosity is much appreciated. Thank you also to the volunteers who helped with the bag packing.
West Muskerry Juniors Run Well
Four West Muskerry Juniors were in action in the County Junior Cross Country Championships on Sunday last the 2nd of November. All 4 were members of the West Cork team.
In the Junior ladies 4000m Rachael O` Shea is finding her way back in fighting form again and finished a very strong 4th place. Her teammate Stephanie O`Sullivan also made her way back after a year out and had a fantastic race. Both girls have earned their places on the Cork team for the All Ireland Inter counties in Dundalk on the 23rd of November next. Both girls helped West Cork win the silver medals in the team competition.
Billy Cronin and Seamus Gallagher competed in the Junior men 6000m and again both ran fantastic races. Billy stayed with the lead group and battled hard over the last lap and was well deserving of the 6th place. Seamus finished shortly after and while both boys earned their place on the Cork team they both have opted to run their own All Ireland U18 which is being held on the same day. Both boys helped West Cork secure the bronze team medals.