Sunday, November 22, 2009
Sligo Athletes win team bronze at Inter-County Cross Country Championships!
Athletes from Sligo AC and North Sligo combined to great effect during the Senior Inter-County Cross Country Championships to win bronze medals in the team event. Bolstered by earlier performances by various juniors, including Sligo AC's Anna Reddin (5th in the U-18 Girls race) Sarah McGeough (9th/U-14) and Caeloinn McGonigle (8th/U-12), athletes and supporters were then shown a stunning display of front running by North Sligo's Mary Cullen, who cruised to victory in the Senior Womens race. Cullen increased her lead with every lap and finished in victory with almost a minute between her and second place! It was then the turn of the Senior Men. Conditions were muddy and very windy but this didn't deter David Kelly who produced his trademark gutsy form to come home in 5th place. Next in was Emmet Dunleavy (30th) with Paddy Brennan (31st) hot on his heels. Martin Conroy came home in 45th position with Tommy Carroll crossing the line in 55th place. The last of the team to medal was Dermot McDermott who finished in 66th place. The first six athletes to finish culminated enough points to push Sligo well clear of Cork in the team event and claim 3rd place; a first for the County. Thomas Kelly (67th), Eoin Rowan (72nd) and Ultan McNasser (99th) were the remaining runners from Sligo. Well done to all who competed and also for all the travelling support that cheered on the Athletes.