Galway Cross County Champs Day 1
Day 1 of the County Cross Country Championships took place at Palace Grounds in Tuam in bright sunny conditions on Sunday last. A big thank you to Castlegar AC for setting up a challenging but enjoyable course and to East Galway for providing the results.
The day got off to a fine start with U9s Hannah Boo finishing impressively in 15th place over the 800m distance, her first ever race for the club.
At U11 level there were big team performances from both boys and girls over 1,500m. The girls took the silver team prize with great running from Lauren Foley leading them home in 10th place and she was quickly followed by Orna Dunne 13th Jennifer McCarthy 14th and Sarah Donald in 15th place. Not far behind was Alanah Joyce finishing 19th, Keilah Murray 25th, Emily Podmore 35th, Lauren Ward 40th, Sarah Jane O’Conor 61st and Rachel Francis 63rd.
Not to be outdone the U11 boys picked up bronze medals in the team section. Justin McCarthy ran a tremendous race to finish 3rd overall. He was followed by Oisin Silke in 14th place, Dara Breathnach 23rd, Carl O’Brien 24th, Fiach Silke 29th , Nathan Podmore 36th and James O’Connor in 41st position.
Caitlin Podmore continues to impress this year over cross country and ran well to finish 7th in the U13 Girls race which was over 2,500m. She was followed by Eva Boo in 17th place and Jodie Quirke a credible 25th. Hopefully the girls will field a fourth runner for the Connachts where they should be well in contention for a team prize.
Oisin Maher was the standout boys performance of the day with an excellent 2nd place finish in the U13 Boys race and also leading his team to silver medals in the team category. Sprinter , Richard McGrath did very well to finish 6th overall with Daniel Barwell finishing 23rd and Eoin King 27th.
Fauve Aylmer was the top performing girl on the day with an excellent 3rd place finish over the 3,500m distance. Fauve led the U15 girls to silver medal position accompanied by the fast finishing Mia Craughwell in 4th place. Aoibhe Joyce fought hard to claim 10th place, Clodagh Quirke looked strong in 14th place and Leana NicDhonncha followed swiftly in18th place.
Eoin Kileen ran strongly to take 5th place in the Boys U17 race over 5,000m and Alvaro Gamiz won silver in the U19 Boys race. Antoine Joal was the winner of the U20 category.
Day 2 will take place in Loughrea on Sunday 20th October at 1pm so please sign up this weekend if you wish to particiapte.