Today we had an excellent turnout at Glenmore AC cross country in Bush Co. Louth. The weather was a bit iffy, and the conditions were pretty mucky underfoot, but that didn’t prevent the 3 Ways squad totting up some great results and gutsy performances. In all we had 18 athletes running today, which is a brilliant improvement on the usual 6.
In the girls U9 we had Anna Hall, Aishlin O’Callaghan and A.N. Other all finishing in a bunch in perhaps the biggest race of the day. Well done girls!
In the boys U9 we had another trio of runners in Joe Finnegan, Brian Watters and Donal Coffey. Brian was the best of the bunch coming in 4th with the others not too far behind him.
The girls U11 Caitlin Coffey and Olivia Hall ran very well with Caitlin producing a classy sprint finish to claim a trophy and 3rd place, while Olivia, who was running out of her age group finished a respectable 7th. We have high hopes for both girls in their age groups in the Ulsters (Olivia in the U10s next week).
We had Ultan O’Callaghan and Odhrán Hamilton running in the boys U11. Both lads had flying starts with Odhrán sitting on the shoulders of Pearse Short from Beechmount for the first lap and Ultan tracking them both. Odhrán was joined by 2 lads from Boyne AC in the second lap and produced a very fast finish to claim a trophy and 2nd place. Ultan was right behind in 4th. Brilliant running lads.
In the girls U13 Gemma Doyle and Tara O’Neill ran brilliant races over 2.5k in, by now, mucky conditions. Both girls had run the schools Cross Country on Wednesday and were still able to pull off great runs today. Well done girls.
In the boys u13 3 Ways had our best turnout with 4 lads representing us : Cathal Brennan, Darragh Connolly, Sean Watters and Oisin Coffey. Cathal ran a very tactical race, sitting on the shoulder of a lad from Beechmount for the first lap. By the start of the second lap Cathal knew the race was in the bag and stretched a lead which he maintained to the end to win comfortably. Well done Cathal. Sean followed in 5th place with Darragh and Oisin not far behind running in very strong finishes.
Last but not least we had Cliodhna and Chloe in the girls U16 closing the day’s running for 3 Ways in wet, windy and muddy conditions. Both girls ran gutsy races and finisheded the race strongly.
This was perhaps the best turnout I have seen from the club at any event, which is encouraging, but more encouraging was the effort put in by each and every one of our runners today, weather they finished first, second, third or further down the field! This is a credit to the effort you all put in at training in all types of weather. Your starts are faster, your finishes are faster, and your stamina and endurance in mid-race is more evident. Some of you are becoming more tactically aware resulting in better placings overall. Keep it up and there is no reason why some of you can’t pick up Ulster titles , maybe All-Ireland placings …… and after that who knows!