The first leg of 2017 Connacht Senior, Masters and Novice Cross Country Championships took place at Calry Community Park (Sunday October 29) . The event was hosted by Leitrim Athletics Co Board. Clubs from across the Region competed on tough one lap course. Conditions were “good to soft’ on a bright dry day, and sunshine shimmering on Lough Gill nearby made for a picturesque scene.
A number of closely contested uneven ages races preceded the senior/masters/novice races which started around 1.30pm. The accurate one kilometre lap had some firm grassy sections and an uphill drag which was soft and sticky over a 200 metre stretch.
We had three members taking part. The women’s race was over four laps (4,000 metres) and combined some under age girls with novice, senior and masters. Colette Tuohy ran this race as a training run taking it easy ahead of the Master’s International in three weeks.
We were delighted to see her daughter Lucy (Castlebar AC pictured below, bib 510) run a great race in the u18 girls race, finishing fifth and qualifying for Nationals in Abbotstown later this month. Lucy played in the Castlebar Mitchels Minor LGFA team who won the 2017 Division 4 League final recently beating Moy Davitts.
Anto Devaney and Tom Hunt ran in men’s masters over eight kilometres.
The second Connacht Senior etc leg is at Moyne College Longford on Sunday November 5. Entry deadline is Wednesday November 2. Details on event calendar.
The final leg at Kiltoom (cancelled October 21) has been re-scheduled for November 18, entry deadline November 11.