Kerry runners among the medals at Masters and Juvenile 'B' cross-country event in Clare


AFTER torrential overnight rain the athletes who competed in the Munster Masters and Juvenile B Crosscountry Championships in Newmarket- on- Fergus, county Clare on Sunday last faced some very testing conditions. As well as the very soft underfoot conditions a couple of hilly stretches made it very challenging.

In the Masters Women's event Maria McCarthy (Farranfore/Maine Valley) was very impressive when winning the overall race and claiming the M1 individual title. Niamh O'Sullivan (An Ríocht) who was second overall won the M3 individual title. Catriona Barry (FFMV) was 4th in the M2 section with Mary O'Connor (An Ríocht) 5th in the M3 category. These four girls combined to take the silver medals for Kerry in the Inter-county Team contest.

Robert Purcell (Gneeveguilla) was the county's leading finisher in the Masters Men's Race. Robert was competing in the M2 category. He was followed by George McCarthy (FFMV) M1, Willie Reidy (An Ríocht) M2 and Tommy O'Brien (An Ríocht) M1.

Vanessa Dineen (Lios Tuathail) was a very impressive winner of the U-17 Girls. Conor O'Mahony (Tralee Harriers) was also on the top step of the rostrum after his win in the U19 Boys race. This was just reward for two very dedicated athletes.

Others to run well in the Juvenile B races were Shauna McCarthy (FFMV), 5th in the U-9 Girls, Gemma O'Brien (Kenmare) 14th in the same event, Niall Carey and Patrick Galvin (Star of the Laune) 15th and 17th respectively in the Boys U11, Abbey Lynch (Lios Tuathail) 5th in the Girls U11, Conor O'Brien ( Kenmare) 17th in the Boy's U13, Aoife O'Mahony (Lios Tuathail) was 9th in the Girl's U-15 with her club mates Niamh Stack and Maria O'Neill placing 21st and 24th and Cillian Tierney (Spa-Fenit-Barrow) 4th in the Boy's U-15.

The Gneeveguilla trio of David O'Keeffe, Matthew Collins and John Paul O'Brien were 2nd, 6th and 11th in the Boys U-17.

On Sunday next athletes will be competing in the National Novice Crosscountry Championships in Wexford. We wish them the best of luck.

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