Weekly News Roundup - Week 44


Laois Athletics Cross Country Day 3 - Masters and Juvenile Development Races 2017

It was a bright, sunny but cold day at Emo Demesne on Sunday, brilliant cross country weather. Portlaoise AC was well represented with over 25 athletes from all age groups running their absolute best.

Ross Ring had a great race in the U8 Boys 500m, well done Ross.

We had two athletes running in the boys U/10 800m, Harrison Marshall and Cormac O' Connor who both ran a superb race.

In the girls U/12 1200m, we had six athletes, but unfortunately due to confusion over start points Aoife Cuddy, Caoimhe Cuddy and Doireann O Connor missed the start of their race and ran in the boys race, but they all had brilliant runs finishing well up in the field.

Tara Ring, Maebh McGrath and Rebecca Marshall ran a great race all the way to the finish. Special congratulations to Rebecca Marshall for winning Silver after a tough race.

Sean Kirby and Eoin McGrath both ran a brilliant race in the boys U/12 with Sean Kirby winning another Silver for the club. Well done to both.

In the boys U/16 2500m we had Niall Kirby and Jack Delaney representing the club in a very tough race, they both had superb runs, well done.

Next up on was the Ladies Masters 3K and the Junior Ladies 4K. In the juniors, Amy Walsh had a brilliant run winning yet another Silver medal for Portlaoise. In the masters, we were well represented with Maria Cuddy, Anna Duggan, Olwyn Larkin, Catherine O' Flanagan, Norah McGrath, Aoife Conroy and Pam Grogan running the tough 3K.  Well done to Anna Duggan who won Bronze in the O45 category.

The Men's Masters & Junior Men's 6K was the final race of the day. In the juniors, we had Fionn Marum who ran a great race and still recovering from an injury. The Masters was very successful for Portlaoise, Cyril Cuddy ran a brilliant race finishing in 2nd place. Other athletes competing were James Hamm, Colm Fitzgerald, Patrick Marshall, Noel Marum, Paul Cuddy, Niall Kavanagh, Joe Walsh and Sean Donoghue. All men ran excellent races on a very tough course.

Our O/35 team of Cyril Cuddy, James Hamm, Colm Fitzgerald and Patrick Marshall ran a great race to win the O/35 Team Gold Medal.

Well done to all athletes on a great day of running and we will see you all in Stradbally in a few weeks. your social media marketing partner

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