Weekly News Roundup - Week 44/2019

Laois Masters, Junior, Even Ages and Development Races

Medals galore for our juveniles at day 3 of the cross-country season in Emo. After all the rain Saturday, it was a beautiful morning for racing.

The action started out with U8 Girls where two young ladies ran great with Eabha O’Shea taking 1st place followed by Lilly Reid in 7th.

U10 Girls - All ran very well over the 800 meters.  We had a strong team out in force with Lauren O Flanagan just missing out on an individual medal coming 4th followed by her sister Olivia , Grace Cuddy and 3rd sister Cliona 0 Flanagan . The girls were delighted to pick up 3rd team prize today the first of many.

U10 Boys - We saw Fionn Delaney having  a fine run over his 800 meters his first Xc race he was pipped on the line and finished 4th.

U12 Girls - Emma Jane Cuddy ran a fine race she was the top of the field over the 1,600 meters and looked to be tiring but saw the finish line and pushed herself from 4th to 1st but a brave Ballyfin athlete was not giving up and Emma Jane crossed the line in second place.  

U12 Boys - Harrison Marshall out on his own for Portlaoise running superbly and finished in 3rd place.

U14 Girls - Our U14 girls had full squad with Rebecca Marshall 1st. Rebecca easing herself into the race and leaving plenty in the tank to put herself in top spot, she was followed by Leah Smullen who led for good part of the race and finished in well deserved 2nd place.  Sarah Dunne Running Xc for her first season this year did brilliant and secured team gold for the girls finishing 5th. These girls have ran all Laois XC races this year and have braved Leinster competition too.  Well done girls.

U14 Boys - Aaron Branagan finishing in a fine 3rd place followed by Ben Toomey both boys well used to XC terrain. Well done guys.

U16 Girls - Grace Meade another of our XC season competitors representing the club finished in a fine 4th position.

That’s was it for the day for our juveniles and well done to all. Keep up the training.                                                           

Mens 6K

Well done to the ladies who took silver, all 3 ladies ran well and stuck together working hard for the team.  Sandra Fitzpatrick led the team home finishing 5th O35, followed by Anna Duggan 2nd O45 after a great run last week at the Dublin marathon. Maria Cuddy completed the scoring, finishing 5th O35.  Great stuff by the ladies. 

Ladies 3K

Finally then to the men, and what a great show by them. We had 11 in action and three of them had ran the Dublin marathon just a week earlier. To add to the day we took gold in both O35 and O45 team events, with gold and bronze individual in the O35 and a clean sweep of the podium in the O45.   First home was Tom Lupton who had a super finish to take the O35 title virtually on the line, with Colm Fitzgerald having another superb run to take bronze.   Next up was the ageless Tony Reilly taking the O45 title, closely followed by Cyril Cuddy who took silver. Aengus Burke took the bronze in his last race in the grade before moving to the O55 grade in the following days.  Paul Cuddy with another fine run in 9th position joined the gold medal O35 team along with Niall Collins who had ran Dublin last week. Next up was Richie Reid another marathon runner last week to join the O45 gold winning team.  Noel Marum continued his return to form with another solid run, while Donal Heagney the last of the marathon trio ran his first cross-country race. Joe Walsh then once again switched from race starter earlier in the morning to runner and came home comfortably.                                                 

British and Irish Masters Cross Country

Club athletes Tom Lupton and Aengus Burke travel to Liverpool at the weekend with the Irish team for the British and Irish Masters cross country at the famous Aintree course.   Both lads put in strong displays at the recent trials in Abbottstown to secure their places.  Tom in his first year as a master, qualified for the 6th man in the O35 team, while Aengus qualified for the fourth man in the O55 team.  Let’s hope they use all their "horse power” to help their country get among the medals. your social media marketing partner

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