A new year, the first month and they’re off…

On January 23rd Twenty one of our Juveniles thoroughly enjoyed the friendly and relaxed atmosphere of Blackrock AC’s Cross Country event. Super organised as always and loving the new starting positions and finish. Up first for the Club was Gerard Thornton in the U9s 500m. Gerard was our youngest competitor on the day and running up an age he gave his all.

Running next for the club were Tess Maguire, Evelyn Thornton, Evie Corcoran (all running up an age), Rhona Keenan, Molly Clinton, Sophia McKenny and Lexie McKenny in the Girls U11 1000m. With grit and determination they all ran so well to finish with a 1st place team medal for Rhona, Sophia and Tess and a 6th place individual medal for Rhona.

Following the girls were newcomer Daire Halpenny, Charlie Butler, Sean Boyle, Frank Sands (all running up an age) and Sean McCormack competing in the Boys U11 1000m. The boys fought hard just missing out on a team medal and Frank on a 6th place medal at the end.

The 1500m races quickly began with Lily Maguire and Alicia Lane competing up an age in the Girls U13s and TomJoe McCormack and Daniel Cirdei in the Boys race. It was fast running for both 1500m and amazing success for newcomer Alicia who took home a 4th place medal.

The day was drawing to a close with five left to go and competing in the 2000m U15 races were Molly Keenan, Emma Boyle and Liam McGahon. Running up an age Emma persisted, determined to the end and Molly finished 8th with Liam pushing hard to take home a 6th place medal, a fantastic achievement for Liam, another newcomer to competition and running up an age.

Finishing the day for our club were Charlie Sands (running up an age) and Jack McCarron in the combined U17 & U19 2,500m. Jack and Charlie held a strong 6th and 8th position respectively amongst this combined group until the final 200m Charlie sprinted forward to finish 5th overall and Jack 8th and wonderfully both boys came away with 3rd and 6th place U17 medals.

As always we are proud of our Juveniles and all their hard work.

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