Paraic Sweeney in Irish M70 team for Masters XC International

Our three Santry-bound stalwarts: Pauline, Paraic, and Mags

We were delighted to get news this morning from Paraic Sweeney that he has been offered a place in the Irish M70 team for Saturday’s British & Irish Masters International Cross Country at Santry.

Paraic ran in the Autumn Trial race last month, finishing 4th in his category. Due to a wild card being played he did not make the 4th place on the Irish team.
However, he was offered that place last week, and as he says:
“I’m delighted to be joining the two stalwarts of international competition Pauline and Mags.
I am still a bit shocked as my only time ever running XC or any race less than 10k was in Belleek and Abbottstown recently. “
Paraic has been on holiday abroad since his brilliant M70 silver medal winning run in his first marathon in Dublin on October 30.
“I didn’t expect this to happen but I could not possibly refuse the chance of representing Ireland so we fly back on Friday.” (Nov 11)
“Training  for the race is tricky after the marathon but at least the weather is good here  (22/23°C)  compared to the Achill wind and rain!”.
What a story! Paraic is a great example of what’s on offer in our ‘sport for life’.
Wonderful news indeed, and an honour for the club to have three members competing in an Irish vest on Saturday.
Safe travel and best of luck to our three stalwarts!

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