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A crashing finish to a superb men’s 6km proved the highlight of the  Dublin Novice Cross-County Championships, hosted by Sportsworld Running Club in challenging conditions at Tymon Park on Sunday (October 9). 
After much debate over the exact location of the finish line — under the clock or at the start of the timing mat? — Shane Spring of Raheny Shamrock AC and  ex-boxer Eddie O’Connor, a recent recruit to Brothers Pearse AC, were declared joint winners after they — literally — fell over the line together in a time of 19 mins 30 sec. A close third was Clonliffe Harrier Ben Coughlan  who had led out the field on the final lap and stuck with the winning pair until the later stages of the race.  With Conor Deane sixth, Alex Cunningham seventh  and Karl Ennis 15th, Brothers Pearse took a memorable team gold. Clonliffe  was second and Crusaders AC third. 
 
Slightly less exciting was the women’s 4km, where Faye Dervan, now in Dublin City Harriers colours after transferring from Tallaght AC, was the winner in 15 mins exactly.  Behind her, Aoife Coffey of Lucan Harriers was a fighting second in 15:08. With Lucy Jones third, Eimear Fitzpatrick fourth, and Christelle Vall 12th, DCH  were comfortable winners of the team title. Clonliffe Harriers was second and Crusaders AC third. 
 
An impressive total of nine women’s teams and ten men’s teams had turned out, with Clonliffe, Crusaders, Raheny Shamrock and Liffey Valley finishing from second to fifth in both races. Other clubs  fielding full teams in both races were Rathfarnham WSAF, Dublin Frontrunners and host club Sportsworld. The full results are in the Attachment below and on the Murunresults website at https://www.myrunresults.com/events/dublin_novice_xc_championship/4599/results
 
Next up on the Dublin cross-country calendar is the senior championships to be held on Sunday, November 6 at a  venue yet to be decided.  The intermediate championships, hosted by Rathfarnham WSAF AC, will take place at Tymon Park on Sunday, December 11 and the masters championships in St. Anne's Park, Raheny on Sunday, January 8 2023. 
 
For women cross-country runners who have never won any sort of  cross-country medal, or indeed never run cross-country, the first of this season’s Meet & Train Women’s 2-Mile cross-country races will take place in Dunboyne on Sunday, November 27 (11am). 
Lindie Naughton, 
DSD