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For a second year, Darragh McElhinney and  Abbie Donnelly were the winners at the Autumn Open Cross-Country held at Abbotstown in Dublin on Sunday (October 16) which saw a number of strong performances from Dublin athletes. McElhinney, although  a native of Glengarriff, is a member of the UCD scholarship squad  based in Belfield and took U23 silver at the same venue when the European Championships came to Dublin last December. Finishing a solid fourth  was John Travers of Donore Harriers, a Dublin native living in Sligo with his young family. Other strong good runs in the men’s 7.5km race came from Pierre Murchan of Dublin City Harriers sixth, Emmet Jennings of Dundrum South Dublin eighth, and Mitchell Byrne of Rathfarnham WSAF AC 11th.
 
Best Dublin athlete in the women’s race was Fiona McKenna of UCD AC who finished eighth, with top 15 runs also from Edel Monaghan of Dublin City Harriers 13th, Carla Sweeney of Rathfarnham WSAF AC 14th and Jodie McCann of Dublin City Harriers 15th. The full results are on the Myrunresults website at https://www.myrunresults.com/events/autumn_open_international_cross_country_festival/4557/results.
 
In the junior races, Emer Maher of Dundrum South Dublin AC in sixth place was the first Dublin finisher in the women’s race, with James Bolton of Donore Harriers 15th in the men’s junior race. Because the Dublin Juvenile Even-Ages Cross-Country Championships were taking place on the same day and at the same venue, the Dublin entry in the later races for younger athletes was considerably reduced.
 
As has become traditional, the races served as trial for the British and Irish Masters’ International, which, after a two year delay, will finally come to Santry on Saturday, November 12. Teams will be announced over the next few days;  Among those likely to be picked are Laura McDonnell of Rathfarnham WSAF AC W35, Raheny pair Zoe Quinn W45 and Annette Kealy W50, and James Cottle of Crusaders M60. More on that when the teams are announced.
 
Lindie Naughton
DSD AC