Wednesday the 26th of November the annual Meath primary schools Cumann na mBunscol cross country competition was held at Bellewstown race course.
It was very well organised considering the large amount of participants; over 160 children in each race. The competition was very high this year with many Meath/Leinster competitors taking part.
Each race was divided in to Medium /Large school and U11, U13 boys/Girls age groups.
There were 16 Ratoath AC athletes competing for their schools Rathbeggan NS, Ratoath SNS, St. Andrews N.S Curragha, and St.Marys, Trim.
They all put in some great personal performances especially in the U11 category.
In the girls U11 Medium school race we had Sophie Quinn fighting to the end in a very close finish to come in 3rd with Elbha Toole close behind in 4th both for St. Andrews N.S Curragha. Next to come in was Rathbeggan’s Abby McHugh (32nd) and Sophie Crowe (35th) both running steady and earning valuable point for their schools.
Fionn Drummond with 100mtr to go took off with determination to win the U11 Medium schools race for Rathbeggan NS with a 15mtrs lead.
Tom Kilgannon putting in a strong race with a very comfortable win in the U11 Large schools with Oisín Kelly not too far behind in 4th position and also Stephen Kiernan (29th) putting in a great effort all running for for Ratoath SNS
Next up was the girls U13 Medium schools and Orla Hayes was competing for Rathbeggan NS Orla did very well to come in 10th in a strong field.
U13 girls large schools– in another tight race Lili O’Connor coming in 3rd position did her school St.Marys, Trim proud also doing their school Ratoath SNS and club proud were Molly O’Toole (36th) and Grace Mahan (52nd)
U13 boys Medium schools another Jam packed field saw Adam Quinn finish very well in 11th place for St. Andrews N.S Curragha.
And last but not least was the U13 boys Large schools race we saw Darragh Shanley (39th), Eoghan Kavanagh, and Raymond Walsh all preforming very well for Ratoath S.N.S.
TEAM Results with Ratoath AC Members.
U11 boys- Medium schools 1st place Rathbeggan N.S
U11 boys- Large schoold 1st place Ratoath S.N.S
U11 girls- Small schools 1st place Curraha
U13 girls- Large schools 3rd place St.Marys, Trim
We would like to thank the teachers from the local schools for taking the time and effort to enter the children in what proved to be a very successful day out.