The Leinster Cross Country relays were held yesterday in Ballyroan, County Laois. The weather was cold but dry and the relatively flat course was in very good condition considering the recent wet weather. We had two teams competing this year, and would have had more teams only for the change by Athletics Leinster in the age groupings from previous years.
The girls U12 team consisting of Aoife Rutheford, Rachel McPartlin, Aimee Doherty and Emma Coroner put in a great performance in the 4 x 250m event, in a packed field of 14 teams, they held on to third place for most of the race and were narrowly beaten on the line into 5th place by St. Joseph’s Ac and Naas AC. This experience will serve them well with two of the girls U12 again next year.
The result of the day for the club came in the last relay race, the boy’s u16 team of Peter Kilgannon, Philip Marron, Alex Hunter and Brian Kiernan took gold in the 4 x 500m relay, beating KCH and Mullingar Harriers into 2nd and 3rd place respectively. This was a great team effort by the lads and it is great to see their hard training and persistence paying off after finishing 4th in the same event last year. This was a great start to the year for the club and we hope to build on this in the coming months.
Thanks to all parents who travelled yesterday and congratulations to all of our athletes who competed.
Alex Hunter, Brian Kiernan, Philip Marron & Peter Kilgannon
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