Day 2 of the National Cross Country Championships in Cow Park
The National Cross Country Championships for uneven ages took place in Cow Park, Dunboyne on Sunday last on a cool but beautiful winter’s day. The course was quite challenging with lots of twists and turns on route and the terrain was muddy which make it difficult to navigate at times for the athletes. However it was a hugely enjoyable day and well done to all our athletes who put in a brave effort throughout their race.
Aaron Brennan was the top performer for GCH on the day coming home in 10th place in the Boys U19 event earning a coveted national medal reserved for the top 12 finishers. Barry Murphy also ran a terrific race to finish in 15th place and Cian Coyne finished in 42nd place. All three were members of the Connacht team which took silver medals just behind Dublin.
Sean Forrest had a strong run in the U17 Boys race where he finished in 61st position overall. In the U15 Girls race Fauve Aylmer was impressive throughout the 3,000m distance and finished in 70th place with Mia Craughwell , a year out of age, finishing in 120th place. At U13 level Richard McGrath , (who we are accustomed to seeing in sprint events) ran bravely to finish in 145th place in the boys race and Caitlin Podmore battled hard finishing in 138th place in the U13 Girls race. GCH also had a number of U11s getting their first taste of a national championship. Justin McCarthy finished 83rd in the boys race and Lauren Foley and Keilah Murray ran brilliantly to finish 131st and 142nd.
The cross country season draws to an end for 2019 now so well done to all our athletes who took part in the many events since September from County to Connacht and finally the National Championships.