National Cross Country in Kilcornan !
The scenic Brothers of Charity grounds at Kilcornan, Clarenbridge hosted the National Juvenile Relays, B Championships and the Intermediate and Masters cross country championships on Sunday last. The event saw over 1,200 athletes competing across a sixteen-race programme, with challenging underfoot conditions and cold weather making it a real cross country test.
GCH athletes had great success at Masters level, with the indomitable Martin McEvilly of Galway City Harriers securing yet another National title, winning gold in the Mens Over 65 category, and also leading the Galway Men’s Over 65 team to second team overall. Christine Kennedy of GCH won bronze at V60 level in the Ladies race, while Gary Higgins also GCH won silver at V40 level in the Masters Mens event, coming 13th overall.
One of the performances of the day came from Niamh Hennelly , finishing a superb sixth overall in the hugely competitive Masters women's race, with a storming run .Grainne Ni Uallachain was a great 31st place with Michelle Lynch next home in 90th.
GCH Masters Men's team of Higgins, Brian O Connor, Michael Kerrin, and Gearoid Hynes finished eighth while the second team home, of Owen Byrne, Paul Keane, John Morrissey and Jason Kelly placed 19th. Martin Kearney was sixth V60 man.
GCH Ladies Masters V50 team placed fifth led by Chris Kennedy. with Mags Sheridan, Barbara Bergin , Carmel Brannigan, Majella Ni Chriochan all contributing to the squad.
Neil Keane ran well in the Mens Intermediate 8km to take 44th place.
The day was a tough but hugely rewarding one , and GCH and its athletes should have the ambition to field full squads at National championships and keep challenging for honours at these events in the future.
Congratulations to all who competed and to all those who made it happen at Galway County Board and club level and especially to Gerry Carty, Niall Murphy, Eamon O Donnell, Noeleen Healy, Sean Folan , Emer O Byrne , Niamh Hennelly, Mags Sheridan, Sean Hanley, Lorraine Naughton, Maretta O Shea, Brian O Connor, Michael Kerrin, Gearoid Hynes , PJ Coyle and all others from GCH for their tireless work in what was a massive event, and the biggest ever National cross country championship to take place in Galway.
Results here, http://www.athleticsireland.ie/competition/results .Photos here
https://www.sportsfile.com/more-images/1802126/ and on the Galway Cross Country facebook page