- The International flavour on these pages continues. As you may have read here the Gerry Farnan races last Sunday in the Phoenix Park were trials for the Irish team to go to the British & Irish Masters Cross Country International.
Our three women who travelled up and ran so well have all been selected: Congratulations to Colette Tuohy W40, Angela O’Connor W45 and Pauline Moran W55. All three will be making their debut in an Irish vest.
It is a another great honour for the club, and we are all proud that they have enhanced our record of participation in this annual International event.
In the week that John Byrne performed so brilliantly in Italy, it further underlines that success will follow when hard work and talent are combined. Their achievement is our inspiration.
They will race over 6k at Queen’s University Playing Fields, Belfast on Saturday November 10th. Some may remember that the great Paul Tergat won the fifth of his World Cross Country titles there in 1999.
The race is at 11.30 and is the first of four races on the day. These races between teams from Ireland. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are always very competitive. England have been the dominant country during the event’s 25 year history. Team and individual medal presentations will be made at a banquet later in the evening at the Europa Hotel.
Other Connacht runners competing include Evelyn McNelis – a Belmullet native who runs with Naas AC – who leads the W65 team. Ballina native, Dervila Holmes (Donore Harriers) is first reserve on the W35 team. Veronica Colleran (Ennis Track) is on Angela’s W45 team. Two GCH athletes selected are Fintan Hyland M40 (second in the Breaffy 10k) , the redoubtable Martin McEvilly leads the M60s, while Peter O’Sullivan (Craughwell AC) is on the M35s.