The National Intermediate and Masters Cross-Country Championships were held today at Dundalk DKIT.
According to our runners, conditions were ‘cruel, mucky’ and though the course 2k lap is generally flat, there were a number of treacle-like points.
Juvenile events with 634 finishers preceded the adult races, contributing to the challenge. It was a reminder of Clarinbridge 2018 for anyone who survived that day with two shoes.
However, great running by our o50 master’s women team today earned them gold team medals.
It was a sweet victory indeed, with just 9 points separating them from arch rivals Raheny Shamrock AC.
Our team’s 210 points total was made up of four gritty finishes by Colette Tuohy 27, Angela O’Connor 32, Pauline Moran 65, and Mags Glavey 86.
And a bonus, in the County o50 team competition Mayo represented by our fab four won bronze.
Added to that wonderful performance, three of the team won individual medals Colette Tuohy bronze W55 in 19:24, Pauline Moran gold W65 in 21:25, and Mags Glavey gold W70 in 22:53.
Angela O’Connor ran a close fourth in W55 individual was deservedly rewarded with a gold team medal.
There was also an excellent run by Eimear Fitzmaurice – she finished 9th W40 in a competitive category in 19:27.
In the Intermediate women’s race over 5,000m, Martina O’Connor ran an excellent race in the conditions to finish 7th overall in 23:36. The race winner was Amy Greene Finn Valley AC in 21:25.
Congratulations to our medal winners today: Colette bronze, Pauline gold, Mags gold, o50 club team gold, and o50 County team bronze, and well done to all of our competitors.
A long day’s travel was well rewarded, and Mayo AC were brilliantly represented once again on the National stage.