Monday 18 December 2017

Athletics: Rossiter launches late victory charge

Twenty-year-old Clonliffe Harriers athlete Jamye Rossiter showed great tactical awareness on Sunday when winning the Woodie's DIY Men's Intermediate Cross- Country Championships at Lough Key Forest Park in Boyle, Co Roscommon.

Rossiter launched a late challenge in the final kilometre and sprinted to victory in 37:36, ahead of Michael Shannon of Kilnaboy AC (37:42) and Martin Quinn of Dunleer AC, who filled the respective silver and bronze medal positions.

"This is my first national cross country title and it feels great," Rossiter said. "I found the uphill parts of the course difficult and that is why I made my winning move on a downhill stretch about a kilometre from the finish. The tactic paid off."

Coached by Peter McDermott, Rossiter also had the added satisfaction of leading his Clonliffe club-mates to victory in the team race. Clonliffe won with 50 points ahead of Raheny Shamrock AC (81) and Tullamore Harriers (103).

Laura Shaughnessy of Loughrea AC was a clear winner of the women's intermediate title, finishing in 18:33 ahead of Martina Kiely of St Finbarr's and Marie Carey of Ennis Track Club.

This was 21-year-old Shaughnessy's second race of the weekend as the Galway woman had won the bronze medal in the 3000m at the Inter-Varsities Indoor championships in Nenagh on Saturday. A second-year geography student at UCD, where she is coached by former Olympian James Nolan, Shaughnessy set a fast early pace that took her to her first national title.

"I went out hard because I would not be confident about my finishing speed," Shaughnessy said.

Ennis Track Club won the team title with 64 points from Sportsworld (95) and Donore Harriers (95).

Former Olympian Pauline Curley of Tullamore Harriers cruised to a comfortable victory in the Women's Masters championship, finishing in 16:57 ahead of Mary Scully of Mullingar Harriers (17:02) and Collette Tuohy of Mayo AC.

Donegal fisherman Ciaran Doherty of Letterkenny AC won his first national Men's Masters title in 25:07, comfortably clear of his Letterkenny team-mate Pauric McKinney (25:48) and Peter O'Sullivan of Craughwell AC.

Letterkenny AC won the team title with 29 points from Raheny Shamrock AC and North Belfast AC.

Masters Men's winner Doherty regularly trains on a treadmill aboard his boat during long fishing trips to Norway and beyond.

"I have to improvise a bit when we are away at sea for several days at a time," Doherty said. "Running on the treadmill helps me keep in good shape."

Irish Independent

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