Front-running Laura Crowe wins national novice cross-country title


LAURA Crowe (An Ríocht) recorded her finest ever win in cross-country with a powerful front running display in the National Novice Cross-Country Championships, which were held in Adamstown, Co Wexford, on Sunday last.

Better known as a specialist 800m track runner, Laura has excelled over the country this year and lived up to her favourite tag as she made light of the challenging 4,000m course.

Maria McCarthy (FFMV) continues to improve with every outing and again on Sunday last she ran a brilliant race to finish an excellent fourth in the huge field. Maria was unlucky not to have snatched a bronze medal as she just lost out in the sprint to the line. Deirdre Enright (An Ríocht), Catherine Kiely (Gneeveguilla) and Mary O'Connor (An Ríocht) all had solid runs to ensure Kerry was in the mix for team medals. Their placings were good enough to claim the bronze medals in the Inter-county section. This represents a great achievement in a most competitive event.

Kerry was also represented in the Novice Men's 6k event and despite some good performances were on this occasion outside the medals.

A huge field of over 200 runners faced the starter with Cian Murphy (Iveragh) being our top finisher in 21st position. He was followed home by James Doran and Darren Burke (both An Ríocht), Arthur Fitzgerald (FFMV), Robert Purcell (Gneeveguilla), George McCarthy (FFMV) and Ed Murphy (Gneeveguilla).

An Ríocht 5k JOHN Barrett (Gneeveguilla) and Janette Ryan (An Riocht) won the Men's and Women's races at the An Ríocht 5k on Sunday last.

Other individual winners were Junior Men, John Neville; Junior Women, Áine O'Connor; U16 Boys, Max O'Brien; U16 Girls, Ellen Browne; O40 Men, Don Brosnan; O50 Men Dan McCarthy; O40 Women Suzanne O'Sullivan. FIXTURES December 23: Duhallow 5k in Newmarket December 26: Farranfore 4 mile January 1: Beaufort 10k

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