Friday 23 March 2018

Successful day of cross-country runs

IT proved a hugely successful day for Dunleer AC on Sunday as seven of their athletes claimed first places during the Louth uneven ages Cross-Country championships at DkIT.

Among the boys, victories were achieved by Oisín Cheshire (Under-9), Kian Leavy (Under-13), Jack McCullough (Under-15) and Gary Campbell (Under-17), while the club's successful girls were Seaghna Campbell (Under-15), Aoife Fay (Under-17) and Emma Fay (Under-19).

Silver individual medals went to Patrick Farrell and Grace Fitzpatrick (both Under-11) and Conor Matthews (Under-13), while bronze individual medals were won by Katie Mathews and Finn Reilly (both Under-13) and Aideen Fay and Jack Boylan (both Under-17).

All of the juveniles acquitted themselves very well over the undulating ground, but the team of the day award should go to the Boys Under-13s who took the first six places in their event, courtesy of Kian Leavy, Conor Matthews, Finn Reilly, Danny O Brien, TJ Doheny and Neal Hodgins respectively, while their teammate Cathal Quinn sprinted home just a few places behind.

This team win was followed by a win for the Girls Under-17s, with Aoife Fay, Aideen Fay, Niamh Connaughton, Aoife Kelly and Lisa Mc Gowan all playing their part.

Silver team medallists in the Boys Under-11 championship went to Patrick Farrell, James Russell, Tom Mathews, Seán Mc Evoy, Dean Smyth and Jamie O'Callaghan, while the Boys Under-17 team also claimed silver with Garry Campbell, Jack Boylan and Shane Cheshire.

Also winning team silver were the Under-13 Girls who comprised Katie Mathews, Ciara Matthews, Aoife Holmes and Julie Guinan.

In the Intermediate Men's and Women's races Dunleer AC were fourth in both team competitions.

Meanwhile, Dunleer's Aonghus Ó Ruanaidh ran a brilliant 2:50:51 in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday.

Drogheda Independent