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Aoife aiming for Europe

RAHENY'S Aoife Talty was a clear winner of Clonliffe Women's 50th anniversary Cross-Country held in Santry where the Woodie's DIY National Inter County Championships will take place next month.

"It was nice to get a run over the course. I'd be trying to make the Irish team for the Europeans but I think everyone will be there, since Ireland is defending the title," says Talty, who is very happy with how training is going and recently set an Irish Parkrun record of 16 mins 51 secs for women.

Her schedule helps. "I work as a primary teacher in Lusk which means I'm off at 3pm and have all the time I need."

She's been trying to make the Irish senior team for the past few years. "I made the junior team in 2004 when I was 19 and got close two years ago when I finished seventh at the Inter Counties. Then last year, I was sick."

Fortunately, she recovered in time to make the Raheny team that won the national senior title last March, when she finished fourth for a team that included Elish Kelly, Fiona Roche and Maria O'Sullivan. It was a first national title for Raheny in 42 years and only a third ever for the club. As an athlete who came through the club's juvenile programme, the win was even more special. "That was great for us – and now we'll be competing at the European Clubs in February."

Next up is the Dublin Senior Cross-Country which Raheny is hosting on Sunday, November 3. "Because it's on home ground, there's extra motivation and we'll have three or four girls gunning for it," she says.

Finishing second at Santry was Fiona Clinton of DSD who came home clear of Ailish Malone from host club Clonliffe and Deirdre Doyle of St Laurence O'Toole.

For fifth place, Vanessa Sallier of Rathfarnham was running her second race of the morning along with Nuala Reilly and Mary Jennings. The trio crossed the finish line at the BHAA Teachers' race in Castleknock and then charged over to Santry.

In the junior 3km race, training partners Jessica Coyne and Amy O'Donoghue crossed the line together.

Among original members of the club supporting the athletes were Anne Cummins, her sister Ursula O'Brien, Frances Mansfield, Kay Guy, Jean O'Neill and Pádraigín Moore.


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