Deirdre Healy ran another cracking race with a close up fourth place finish behind Siofra Cleirigh Buttner, Sarah Fitzpatrick and and Ella Fennelly. Deirdre started cautiously and was 7th going into the last lap but put in a very strong finish to catch Linda Conroy and Isobelle Odlum on the run to the line. The fact that the first six athletes in this race have all competed internationally, demonstrates the strength in depth in this age group.
The intermediate boys race over 4500m was another exciting affair with up to 10 athletes still in contention going into the last lap. This included our own Alex Hunter who briefly held the lead on the last lap but had to settle for 11th behind the eventual winner Shane Hughes from Mullingar. Philip Marron and Ciaran McCarthy (despite getting spiked) both ran very positive races and finished 16th and 51st. Philip had particular hard luck as the first 15 athletes qualify for the All Ireland in Cork next month but both he and Alex are eligible to run in this race again next year.
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