U8-U12 Clare Even-Age Cross-Country Report

Report on Under 8’s-U12’s Clare Juvenile Even Age Cross Country Meet

Kilnaboy, October 2nd 2016

The cross country season well and truly kicked off with the now annual visit to Kilnaboy for the Clare Novice, Masters and Juvenile Even age meeting. The weather was perfect with clear skies but underfoot conditions were difficult due to the previous week’s rain.

First up were the Under 8 girls who were running over 500 metres. Faye Mannion raced home to take the win followed by Samantha Olabiyi in 3rd. The team was completed by Sarah Crowe in 11th and Rachel Kerrins in 15th. This helped Ennis track to take the silver. There were great runs also by Emily Frawley in 17th and Grace Murphy in 24th.

Next up were the boys Under 8’s with Fionn O’ Donoghue, Colm Whelan and Kyle Lillis putting in great performances over the slippy surface.

A large field of 52 went to the line for the Girls under 10’s with Ennis Track helped to 3rd place by impressive runs from Tori Deasy (3rd), Esther Olaoye (7th), Molly Lahiffe (13th) and Sheena Kerins (17th). Other performances to note include Aoibhinn Delly Clarek, Meabh Otuos, Cara Kelly, Clodagh Carey, Tara Carey and Ciara Frawley.

The girls were followed by an even larger field of 61 for the boys Under 10’s. Superb performances by Ben O’ Halloran (2nd), Leo Johnston on his maiden Ennis track race (5th), Joe Mannion (7th) & Aoden O Lachtnain (9th) brought gold success to Ennis Track. They were closely followed by fantastic runs from James Rochford (11th), Cillian Hayes (17th), Harry & Rian (23rd & 24th), Jack Dilleen (41st) & Gerard Griffin (50th).

Gold was to follow in the Girls U12’s over the trying distance of 2000m. Ellen Mannion led the team home in 4th, closely followed by Aisling Moloney (6th), Avril Lillis (8th) & Ruth Leyden (11th). Tremondous performances also from Molly Pike (13th), Neasa Ni Lachtnain (15th), Lucy Power (16th) & Riona Healy (17th). Fantastic efforts were also put in by Ashna Rahman, Niamh Lennon, Ella Deasy, Grace O’ Driscoll and Grace Rynne.

The Boys U12’s, inspired by the girls before them, took gold with 4 athletes finishing in the top 10. Thomas McGuire led them home in 2nd followed by Cian O’Dell (4th), Eoin Lahiffe (5th), and Daire Connolly (6th). Cormac Maher finished strongly to claim 15th, closely followed by Samuel Olaoye, William Bello & Eoin Ryan. Oisin O’Donoghue & Cian O ‘Sullivan did the club proud finishing their first cross country race for Ennis Track. There’ll be many more to come.

Congratulations to all our athletes that took part and thanks to all the coaches and parents for their help in getting them there. All roads lead to Cooraclare for the Uneven ages next Sunday.


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