Galway Cross Country Championships - Day 2

  • Posted on: 22 October 2019
  • By: Ger

Our Juveniles were in action at Day 2 of the County Cross Country Championships  at Bushfield in Loughrea on Sunday. Conditions were perfect with warm sunshine and little wind making it a really enjoyable day for all our athletes , many of whom were competing for the first time.   Loughrea A.C. provided an excellent course as expected and the event was well organised by Castlegar AC and East Galway AC.

The day got off to a brilliant start with the U10 girls winning the team event scoring 32 points.  Lauren Foley was first home for GCH and was immediately followed by Orna Dunne in 6th, Alannah Joyce 8th , Sarah Donald  13th, Emily Feeney 19th, Siobhan Feeney 49th and Ella Sisson 51st.  This was a fantastic performance for our youngest club members.

The U10 Boys were up next and they finished in 5th position overall which was an excellent effort on the day.  Seamus Hayes led the team home in 5th place.  He was followed by Dara Breathnach in 22nd Conor Barwell 31st, Henry Glynn 42nd, Nathan Podmore 62nd and Eric McDonagh 67th.

The GCH U12 girls put in a fine performance to take home bronze medals.  Juno Hayes was the top finisher for GCH with a credible 10th place finish.  Eva Boo was next in line in 23rd with Keilah Murray 25th, Jennifer McCarthy 27th, Katie McGeehan 33rd, Emily Podmore 36th, Jodie Quirke 41st and Sarah Jane O’connor in  42nd position. 

Oisin Maher powered home to claim the U12 boys County title from Craughwell’s  Declan O’Connell in impressive style.  The battle for third could not be decided and GCH athlete Shane McGovern  and Steven Ruane of Craughwell were  both awarded bronze medals.  Conor Faherty finished  strongly in 11th, Justin McCarthy 18th and Daniel Barwell 27th.  The team were awarded 2nd place overall.

Mia Craughwell ran a strong race to take 5th place in the U14 girls race with Clodagh Quirke finishing 9th and Caitlin Podmore 14th .  Cian McNeilis had an excellent run to take individual bronze in the U14 boys race.  Richard McGrath was next  home in 9th for GCH and Dawit Dems 13th.

Fauve Aylmer continues her good form and took individual silver in the U16 race just behind Emily Miskella of Craughwell.  She was followed by Ella O’Connor in 5th place and Gillian McGrath in 6th.

William McDonnell was an impressive winner of the Boys U16 race ahead of Ross McGuinness of Craughwell and Oisin Keane of East Galway. William led the GCH team to Gold with James McDonnell finishing 7th, Brian O’Culain 8th and Eoin Killeen 9th.


Next up is the Connacht Championships which are open to participation for all athletes.  Day 1  takes place in Calry Sligo on 3rd November for U12/14/16/18s.  Day 2 takes place in Belleek, Ballina on 10th November for U11/13/15/17/19s.  Please sign up at training this week if you are interested.