Great performances at the AAI Open Cross Country and Masters Trials
There were fine performances all round from GCH athletes on Sunday last at the AAI Open Cross Country Races and Masters Trials , held at the National Sports Campus, Abbottstown in Dublin. On an honest course, underfoot conditions were quite good despite the weather in the days beforehand, making it conducive to good cross country running. Eleven athletes represented the club in the various races.
Aoife King had a fine run to finish 27th in the under 20 womens race, while in the under 20 mens race Eanna Folan (9th) , James Frizzell (11th) , Aaron Brennan (17th) and Michael Healy (38th) all ran exceptionally well in a competitive race. In the senior mens race, Brendan McDonnell, (recent Galway Bay Half marathon winner) had a terrific run on his first cross country race on Irish soil, finishing in 12th position. John Moroney , back to racing, was a very credible 41st.
The masters races , incorporationg the masters trials were perhaps the most competitive of the day. Kathryn Casserly had a great race to finish 9th in the m35 womens category, while Christine Kennedy ,recently back from injury, was a very worthy 2nd in the m60 womens category.
Fintan Hyland was a very credible 19th in the m45 mens category, while the evergreen Martin McEvilly was another worthy 2nd in the m65 mens category.
Congratulations to Christine Kennedy (m60 Womens team) and Martin McEvilly (m65 Mens team), who have been selected onto the Irish Masters cross country teams for the British and Irish Masters International, in Derry on November 18th.