Monday, February 9, 2015

GloHealth Intermediate,Masters & Juvenile B Crosscountry Championships

The Master, Intermediate and Juvenile B Cross Country Championships took place in Tuam on Sunday the 8th of February. Almost 1,000 athletes were treated to a real cross country test over the misty, rolling hills of the Palace Grounds. Course conditions were favourable with moderate temperatures and a minimum of mud to contend with.

Sligo AC Masters team finished 6th and were lead home by Richard Gorman who finished 11th overall. There were good runs also from Seamus Somers, Damien Kennedy, Michael O Connell, David Kearins, Conal Sexton, Rory Connor, Bill Carty and Enda Whelan.

The evergreen Lucy Brennan won overall silver in the Masters Women O55 with Marie Johnston, CindyMcCarthy, Aishling Cawley and Deirdre Deering competing well. Rianne McHugh was the sole representative in the Inter Women while Raymond Byrne and Fintan Whelan competed in the Inter Men’s race.

Sligo AC Juveniles produced a marvellous display of cross country running with gold for the U15 team consisting of Ailbhe Morgan, Aoife Morris, Eimear Joyce, Tara Carty, Nadine Deering and Leah Jermyn. The Girls U17 team of Laura Joyce, Caoimhe Brennan, Riona Connor, Orlaith Delahunt, Kate Carty and Ashling Jones also achieved gold.

Well done to Ailbhe Morgan who won individual gold with Aoife Morris achieving silver in the U15 event.

There were silver team medals for the Boys U15 team of Leo Doherty, Conor Melvin, Jack Cawley and Jack Connor and the Boys U13 team of Michael Morgan, Eoin Carty, Sam Mac Dermott and Liam Mc Carthy.

The Boys U11 of Paul O Brien, Alfie Mc Dermott, Ross Doherty, Joe Campbell, Finn Mitchell and Hughie Doherty were just outside the medals in 4th.

The Girls U11 team of Ava Griffin, Una Griffin, Caoimhe Connor and Allanah Conlon were equally unlucky in 4th place also.

The Girls U13 Maedbh Mooney, Sarah Melvin, Keri Mitchell, Sarah Gillen, Tara Cawley, Jane Cawley and Amy Deering ran very well to finish 5th overall.

A special mention and well done to the Juvenile coaches namely Karl Boyce, Rory Connor, Alan Kearins and Terry Hayes.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Drumshanbo 10k

A well organised run in Lovely Leitrim:

Upcoming National & Local Events

Above is a list of National and local events. Please make yourself familiar with the closing dates for National events as entries cannot be made after this date.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

North Connacht Schools Cross Country

Well done to the 798 athletes who competed on Wednesday 28 January in the Schools North Connacht Cross Country Finals in Sligo Racecourse. Conditions were difficult to say the least but the bitterly cold North wind, hail and snow failed to deter the spirited young athletes. 


An exciting Minor Girls Race was won by Saoirse O Brien from Westport  with Karrie Chambers  and Lucy Mc Nair from Sligo Grammar ,Eva Delahunt from Ursuline Sligo and Mercy College’s Caoimhe O Sullivan all running well in qualifying for the Finals.

A superb performance from Ballysadare’s Aoife Morris  saw her eat up the ground to win the Junior Girls Race with Ursuline College leading the team event.  In the Junior Boys race, Fiachra Staunton from Sligo Grammar qualified with Summerhill College second in the team standings.  

In the Inter Girls team event, Sligo Grammar qualified in 6 th position with Mercy College’s Hana Gross qualifying also in her first ever cross country race. In the Inter Boys race Summerhill were  4th with Daniel Doherty from Sligo Grammar also running well. 

In the Senior Girls, Ursuline Sligo led the way just ahead of Sligo Grammar A with Sligo Grammar B team also qualifying along with Ellen O Grady from Ballysadare.  In the Senior Boys Race  Sligo Grammar were the team winners with Owen Anderson from Summerhill also qualifying.

A big well done to Tommy Craddock and his helpers who did a superb job organising the day’s events.

All those listed above qualify for Connacht Finals to be held on TUESDAY 24TH FEBRUARY at Sligo Racecourse.