All runners made their way to Rosenallis for the start of the 2017 Downeys Nissan Cross Country Championships, with the first event to kick off the season being the Novice and Even Ages for Juveniles. Conditions were perfect but for a few tough soft boggy sections throughout the course which tested the stamina and endurance of all athletes.
Ballyfin AC had a team of 9 runners out for the Novice Men and each and everyone ran a great race with first-timer David O’Mahoney taking the Individual Gold and Liam Buggy taking the Bronze in a nail-biting to-the-finish-line tussle with St Abbans athlete James Tyrell. Those two great performances along with Andy Kehoe in 6th and Tony Cox in 14th was enough to secure a Silver in the Team category with 4 to score. Next up was Tommy Looney in 16th followed by John Paul Phelan in 19th, Dyno Bland in 20th, Ronan Lynch in 22nd and Mike McCarthy in 23rd spot. A great performance all round in tough conditions.
Ballyfin AC had three ladies out running in the Ladies Novice Championships with Martina Ryan leading the way in 14th place, Clodagh Allen in 15th and her sister Brona in 16th position. Well done.
In the U10 Girls race Orla Carroll was in 8th place, Jessica Ryan Downey in 10th place and Vanessa O’Sullivan in 14th place. In the U10 Boys Jack Keenan ran a fine race to come home in 13th place.
In the U12 girls we had Ciara Meade who came home in 11th place in a field of 26 runners. Good going! In the U12 Boys Ronan Carroll came home in 10th place.
In the U14 Girls Niamh Bland ran well to finish in 12th place.
A big thanks you to Rosenallis Kilcavan AC for kick starting the Cross Country in such a professional manner, it was a great success. Well done all.
The full results are here, from U8 Girls/Boys up to U18 Girls/Boys;