Sunday, December 13, 2009
Cullen makes Sligo proud in European Cross Country!
Mary Cullen (North Sligo AC) finished a very creditable 12th in the European Cross Country Championships that took place in Santry Demense. Cullen who 3 weeks earlier ran a superb race, demolishing the best female athletes Ireland had to offer, in the Senior Womens Cross Country race in Kilbeggan was hoping to continue this form into the European competition. Indeed her form suggested that she would be in contention for a medal. It was a difficult year for Cullen, despite her earlier medal success in Italy. She suffered with injury during the track season which meant she was unable to compete at the World Championships in Berlin but used the European Cross Country as a target for achieving further success. Family, friends and a large contingent of support travelled to Santry in the hope of Cullen achieving the ultimate goal of a podium place and altough the athlete failed in this regard she still made all of the Yeats County extremely proud. Regardless of todays result, a deeply unfortunate experience, Cullen remains a world class athlete & will bounce back much stronger, undoubtedly achieving a great deal more in the months and years ahead. Well done Mary, all of Sligo wish you the very best in future competition.