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Mahon fourth in Leinster Intermediates



THE LEINSTER Intermediate and Masters cross-country was held in Dunboyne on Saturday. The opening act was the always exciting Juvenile relays.

Dunboyne, built on the River Tolka, is a flat sort of place and on a wet day it can be a long, hard slog. This, thankfully, was a dry day and running conditions were excellent.

The races all had big numbers and the general standard was high. Wexford’s top performer was David Mahon of Slaney Olympic who finished fourth in the Intermediate race.

David burst onto the athletics scene last year and, in a very short period of time, he has become one of our top senior runners.

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He has shown, repeatedly, that he relishes a challenge and that he is never intimidated by more experienced runners. His clubmate Denis Whelan had a strong run to finish 24th.

In the Masters race, Ger Maloney of SBR took home gold in the M60 category, finishing 59th overall. Pat Foley of Croghan was fourth in the M45 category and 24th overall, with clubmate Kevin Morris ninth and 49th overall.

Pat O’Callaghan of United Striders left many younger athletes in his wake in placing fifth in M55.

DMP’s Under-16 girls’ team competed in the 4 x 500m relay. This is a talented bunch of young ladies, all having competed strongly in the cross-country season to date. No doubt coach John Joe Doyle has had something to do with that. Lucia Goggins ran a brilliant first leg, passing the baton to Maria Coone who then passed to Éabha Keane. At this stage, the team looked good for a podium place; but what colour would the medals be?

Aoife Walsh set off like a bat out of Wuhan on the final leg. Approaching the finish she was about to sweep past the Ratoath athlete into the gold medal position when she hit the deck.

Ratoath held on for gold, while the DMP girls took the silver… and played their part in serving up the most exciting finish of the day.

This was a great performance by the girls and just reward for all their hard work. Expect to hear lots more about them in the future.

Fixtures: January 19, Wexford schools cross-country, Adamstown; January 19 (8 p.m.), Athletics Wexford Annual General Meeting, Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford; January 19, NIA Live indoor competition, National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown; January 22, Irish Life Health indoor combined events all ages, Athlone; January 23, AAI national indoor league round two plus combined events, Athlone; January 29, IUAA indoor track and field championships, Athlone; January 30, Irish Life Health national Masters indoor championships, Athlone.