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Irish juniors' silver service

A silver medal for the junior boys proved the highlight of the annual AVIVA SIAB Schools' Cross-Country International hosted by Strathallan School, in Perth, Scotland, writes Lindie Naughton.

A conservative approach paid off for the Irish, led by Padraic Creaven of St Mary's College, Galway.

After making his way through the field in the second half of the race, Creaven finished within half a minute of the winner in an excellent ninth place.

Behind him, the entire Irish team had moved into the top 20, with Jack O'Leary, 12th, followed by Kevin Mulcaire, 13th, Cathal Doyle, 15th, Chinnie Izuchukwu, 16th, Luke Horgan, 17th, and Adam O'Brien, 19th. It left the Irish a clear second behind England.

The boys' inter team took bronze, led by Conal Kirk of Sullivan Upper, who produced the best individual result of the day when he finished sixth.

Kirk, with Kyle Larkin of Ard Scoil Rís, Limerick, was never far off the leading pack and made a huge effort to catch them in the final kilometre. He almost succeeded, finishing just six seconds behind the winner. Nine seconds further back was 11th-placed Larkin.

First off for the Irish had been the junior girls.

Although a group of five English girls broke clear, Nadia Power of St MacDara's Community College fought her way through the pack to secure an excellent eighth place.

SIAB Schools' International C-C, Perth, Scotland -- Girls - Junior 3000m -- Irish: 8 Nadia Power 9.45, 10 Clodagh O'Reilly 9.53, 13 Carla Sweeney 9.56, 24 Amy Hamill 10.18, 27 Zoe Carruthers 10.31, 28 Cara Todd 10.34, 29 Laura Cooke 10.38, 32 Karen Kennedy 11.35.

Inter 4000m -- Irish: 13 Linda Conroy 14.01, 18 Yasmin Wilson 14.08, 21 Paloma Pineda 14.12, 24 Cara Cummins 14.30, 27 Rosie Hynes 14.43, 28 Sarah Fitzpatrick 14.50, 29 Jessica Coyne 14.53, 30 Anna Sheehan 14.59.

Boys - Junior 4000m -- Irish: 9 Padraic Creaven 12.17, 12 Jack O'Leary 12.25, 13 Kevin Mulciare 12.30, 15 Cathal Doyle 12.36, 16 Chinnie Izuchkwu 12.36, 17 Luke Horan 12.37, 19 Adam O'Brien 12.40. Teams - 2 Ireland 82.

Inter 6000m -- Irish: 6 Conal Kirk 17.11, 11 Kyle Larkin 17.20, 17 Conor Christie 17.39, 19 Ryan Sharkey 17.48, 21 Andrew Wright 17.52, 23 Liam Mac Giolla Phadraig 18.00, 28 Peter Gibbons 18.29, 29 Dylan Keegan 18.44.