Galway County Cross Country Championships Day 1 for Even Ages
The 2017 Even Ages Cross Country took place at the Palace Grounds in Tuam yesterday. Well done to Tuam AC for all their work preparing an excellent course and to South Galway AC and Iain Shaw for co-ordinating the entries and results for over 270 athletes.
The day got off to a successful start for the young GCH juveniles , many of whom were competing for the first time, with the U10 girls claiming Bronze medals. Well done to Juno Hayes 8th, Jessica Kay 10th, Eva Boo 26th, Emer Farrisey 44th, Jodie Quirke 48th, Alex Fahey 50th and Chloe Koller 51st. In the U10 Boys race Conor Faherty ran a super race to finish 2nd overall in a highly competitive field and he was followed by Padraig Heinz Ward finishing 29th and John Morrisson in 42nd position.
In the U12 Girls race Mia Craughwell showed great resilience as she made her way from the middle of the pack to finally finish in 2nd position to claim a silver medal. Clodagh Quirke finished 16th and Kayla McKeon 33rd, unfortunately Isabelle Fitzpatrick picked up an ankle injury during the race and was unable to finish. In The U12 boys race Ronan Duggan finished 29th, River McCarthy 35th and Renato Brule 36th.
Emma Moore ran a fine race to secure the individual gold and to lead the U14 Girls team home in Gold medal position. She was followed home by Isabella Burke in 2nd, who despite a tumble in an earlier part of the race showed incredible determination to go on to claim silver. Aoibhe Joyce battled hard to claim 3rd from team mate Ava McKeon who finished fourth, a clean sweep of the Individual medals in this age category for our U14 Girls. Leana Nic Dhonncha also ran well to finish 11th, Gillian McGrath 12th, Rachel Fahy 13th and Nicole Quirke 27th. In the Boys U14 race Brian O Culain ran well to finish in 12th position.
Jennifer Hughes took victory in the U16 Girls race, holding off the challenge of Ailbhe Miskella from Craughwell whilst leading the GCH team home in Gold medal position. Eimear Rowe secured the bronze medal and was followed home by Joanna Healy in 8th and Riona King in 12th to take Gold in the team event. Barry Murphy put in a great performance in the U16 boys race taking silver and Robert McDonnell finished 7th overall.
The combined U18/Junior Mens Boys race was one of the most exciting races of the day with the leading pack of Thomas McStay, Eanna Folan, Aaron Brennan and James Frizzel tackling the muck and hills of the 6K course with great pace. Thomas McStay claimed victory in the end with Aaron Brennan in hot pursuit in the U 18 category, Michael Healy came home in 5th with Gordon O’Connor in 10th and Liam Kilkenny in 11th position with the lads taking the team prize in the U18 category. James Frizzel took the honours in the Junior Men’s race.
Please see the results attached below