Efrem Gidey of Clonliffe Harriers was the runaway winner of the senior men’s race at the Dublin Cross-Country Championships held at Saggart on Sunday (November 6). Gidey lapped a large percentage of the field on his way to completing the 10km distance in a time of 31 mins 22secs. Behind him, Emmet Jennings of Dundrum South Dublin AC, Pierre Murchan of Dublin City Harriers and Ian Guiden of Clonliffe Harriers battled it out for second place before Murchan won a chase for the line with Jennings to take silver by a second, with the pair timed at 32:10 and 32:11 respectively. Guiden finished third in 32:18 and, with Sean O’Leary fourth and Sergiu Ciobanu ninth, Clonliffe were comfortable winners of the team title with 19 points. Second on 50 points was Raheny Shamrock AC with Dundrum South Dublin AC third on 57 points.
Matters were closer in the women’s senior 6km race, where Niamh Kearney of Raheny Shamrock AC and Meghan Ryan of Dundrum South Dublin AC ran elbow to elbow for much of the race after Dublin City Harriers pair Jodie McCann and Faye Dervan had pushed the early pace. On the final lap, Kearney pulled away for victory in 22 mins 1 secs, with Ryan second in 22.07. Dervan finished third in 22:26 followed by McCann fourth, and with Alison Armstrong sixth and Cliona Murphy seventh, DCH took the team prize ahead of DSD and Raheny Shamrock.
In the junior women’s 4km, where Eimear Maher showed a welcome return to form to win comfortably in 15 mins 6 secs, DSD was taking its only individual victory of the day. Eve Noctor of Lucan Harriers was second and first U19 in 15:41 and Ellen McLoughlin of Metro St Brigid’s AC third and second U19 in 15:48.In a thrilling finish to the men’s junior race, Louis Woodger of Metro St Brigid’s AC sprinted clear for victory with a time of 19:58 for the 6km distance. Finishing on his heels was Raheny Shamrock AC’s Shane Spring in 19:59. In third place with a time of 20:11, Eanna Ó Bradaigh was leading Dundrum South Dublin AC to team victory. DSD took the team titles in both junior races and indeed was the only club to take team medals in all four races. The full results are in the Attachment and on the Myrunresults website at https://www.myrunresults.com/events/dublin_u19,_junior__senior_xc_champs/4438/results. Pictures of all who ran are on the Dublin Athletices Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100078720533534 and at Lindie's Flicker site at https://www.flickr.com/photos/lindie/albums/72177720303466701/with/52481819809/ .
In all, members of seventeen Dublin clubs took part in the races, among them emerging clubs Lusk, Portmarnock, Marino and Skerries. With its traditional home of Santry Demesne not available, the races were held beside a golf course at City West in Saggart. The venue, discovered by members of Tallaght AC, proved a big hit, easily accessible off the Naas dual carriageway and with ample parking. With access to almost all public parks in Dublin proving tricky these days, let’s hope the venue can be used again. Many thanks to Tallaght AC members for setting up the course from early morning and took it down after all the tired runners and spectators had gone.
A day earlier, Fiona McKenna of UCD AC had won the women’s race at the Leinster Cross-Country Championships held at Mountain View Golf Club, Ballyhale, Co Kilkenny. Team winners were Dublin City Harriers, led by Claire Rafter in seventh place. Teams from Sportsworld AC were also in action.
- Marathon update: At the time of writing, there are still no confirmed results from the Irish Marathon Championships held in conjunction with the Dublin Marathon on October 30, although we definitely know that former champions Mick Clohisey and Sergiu Ciobanu did not finish, despite being listed in the original results. Considerable confusion has resulted from the transfer of numbers from 2020. Of the original 25,000 sell-out entry for that year’s cancelled race, about 18,000 ended up collecting their race entry, while 14,773 are listed as official finishers. Numbers were also unofficially transferred, adding to the chaos. Full official results when we get them.
- Good luck to Dublin athletes on the Irish team for the British and Irish Cross-Country Championships, which, after a two year delay, takes place at Santry Demesne on Saturday (November 12) . Entry is still open for the open race at www.irishmasterathletics.com.