Cross Country season is on us again and our mens teams made a dominant statement winning both the Senior and Novice team titles.
Senior and Masters:
Firstly in the Senior and Master in Ballynoe on Sep 17th Paul finally got the monkey off his back and got his individual win, having to deal with the unfortunate bridesmaid tag the past two years. Frank stepped up last minute having already done his training for the day to help the team and came third overall. One time leader of the race Donal finished 5th overall (and 2nd M25) with Eric Meade rolling back the years to claim his 12th East Cork Senior team title in 15th. Denis was 22nd in the race and continues a 41 year active streak of competing in this race.
Niamh O'Connor was 4th overall with Christine Kelly making her debut with an excellent 8th. NIamh was 1st F35 and Christine was 3rd F35.
The East Cork Novice race was held in Whites Cross. Just before the start we looked like we would be just short in having a team but as the women started their race Michael, Stephen and Padraig all arrived fashionably late.
John, Stephen and Michael lead the race out the first 3k with Watergrasshill athlete Brendan Healy in close pursuit. As the race wore on Michael got a little dropped from the pace and John made his move with 1k to go. All was looking good for John until the orange Watergrasshill vest came storming past him with 300m to go. Stephen was following closely but John had just enough of a lead to hold on for 2nd with Stephen in third. Michael battled for 4th with Ollie Smiddy having a good run on his way back from injury to finish 8th. Padraig running his first race for the club was 18th. This was good enough to win the team title comfortably.
Avril Crowley had a great run to finish 5th in the womens race with Claire O'Brien coming 13th.
Fiona had a great run in the Womens Mini Marathon 6k to come 4th in 21.17. And Chris ran a strong race in Charleville on Sunday morning to get a PB or 92.11.
All roads lead to Carrigadrohid next Sunday for the County Senior XC. The womens race will start at approx 2pm and the mens at 2.45pm. If you want to enter please make sure you have told Eadaoin as the entries are on the Entry 4 Sport website.