Sunday 17 February 2019

Nolan survives late falls to claim Novice crown

Nolan falls on her way to winning the Novice women's 4000m race. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Nolan falls on her way to winning the Novice women's 4000m race. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

Cheryl Nolan of St Abban's defied some late-race drama to claim the women's title at the National Novice Cross-Country Championships in Navan on Saturday, the Laois athlete falling twice in the home straight before battling to the finish in 14:38, 16 seconds clear of runner-up Avril Deegan.

The men's 6,000m novice race was won by Zak Hanna of Newcastle in 19:36, with Cormac Dalton of Mullingar Harriers taking the silver medal in 19:38.

The uneven age group championships were also held at the host site - the Navan Adventure Centre - which despite heavy rain was in decent shape for the barrage of races. Jodie McCann of Dublin City Harriers made a quick turnaround after the European Cross-Country Championships six days earlier to win the U-19 girls' title, while Clonliffe's Efrem Gidey claimed the U-19 boys' title.

Aimee Hayde of Newport turned in a notable performance to win the U-17 girls' 4,000m, while Adam Ferris of St Malachy's claimed the U-17 boys' 5,000m race.

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