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Dublin Novice Cross Country Championships 2023, Tymon Park, 8th October

Dara Donoghue of Lucan Harriers led home 110 finishers in the men’s 6km race at the Dublin Novice Cross-Country Championships held in Tymon Park, on Sunday (October 8). Donoghue finished in 19 mins 14 secs, with Fintan Kerins of Clonliffe Harriers second in 19:23 and Colm Parnell of Crusaders AC third in 19:26. Clonliffe Harriers, with four finishers in the top twelve, took team gold ahead of Dundrum South Dublin AC and Dublin City Harriers, with eleven teams entered. In the women’s 4km, Elizabeth Gahan was the winner in 14 mins 44 secs with her Dublin City Harriers teammate Cristin Scollard and  the pair leading their club  to team victory over  Crusaders AC and Clonliffe Harriers, with ten teams entered. Scollard finished  in 14:53 with Serena Tuffy of Dundrum South Dublin AC third in 14:57. Several pictures are on the Dublin Athletics Facebook site at The full results are on the Myrunresults website and in the attachments below.

Brother Schools Cross Country, Santry, 04 October

Finn Diver of Belfast school St. Malachy’s was a clear winner of the boys’ 4000m at the annual Brother Clonliffe Harriers Schools Cross-Country held not in Santry demesne but in the Trinity grounds next door on Wednesday (October 4). Diver broke away from a lead pack of five about halfway through the race. Lorcan Benjacar of Ard Scoil Ris finished second and  and Jamie Whelan from Ardgillan Community College third; local school St Aidan’s CBS took the team title.Most competitive of the girls’ races came at intermediate level where Goda Buiuydyte from St. Dominic’s Cabra was the winner ahead of Megan Brunt from Loreto Abbey Dalkey and  Laura de Burca of Loreto Stephen’s Green. St Dominic’s took the team title by just four points from Loreto Dalkey with Loreto Stephen’s Green third. On a good day for St Dominic’s, Cliodhna Ryan won the senior girls 2000m and helped her team to victory. Hazel Kenny of Dominican Griffith Avenue was second  and Sorcha O’Connor, running as an individual, third.Winning the boys’ inter race was  Reece Johnston from Pipers Hill College. James Foot of Blackrock College was second, while in third place, Jude McGann was leading St Malachy’s to a comfortable team victory over St Colman’s Newry, with St Paul’s Raheny a close third. 

Junior winners were Charlie O’Neill of Belvedere, with Oatlands best of the teams in the boys’ race and Rachel Murdoch of Holy Child Killiney not only  best of the girls,  but leading her school  to team gold.  At minor level, Cate Beddy of Loreto St Stephen’s Green won the girls’ race, with St Dominic’s the winning team; Euan Attebery from Coláiste  Eoin was first home of the boys and Willow Park the winning team. Overall team title went to  St Dominic’s with three wins from the four girls’ races.  In the primary schools competition, with races in three age groups, St Vincent de Paul were the girls’ winners and St Bridget’s Foxrock best of the boys. 


On the roads, Sergiu Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers had a comfortable victory in 70 mins 33 secs at the Galway Bay Half Marathon at Claddagh, while in Co Roscommon, Kenneth Nugent of Donore Harriers won the Tarmonbarry half marathon with a time of 72:40,

Wicklow invader Robin Mooney proved the class of the field in the annual Simon Home Run 5-Mile held in the Phoenix Park winning in 27 mins 29 secs. First woman was Carmel Ward of Raheny Shamrock AC  in 31:49. As has become traditional, a large group of students from the High School Dublin took part in the race, led home by Daniel Tallon who finished an excellent eighth place in 30:49. 

Abroad, Olwyn Dunne of Crusaders AC won the W55 age category at the Munich Marathon on Sunday with a time of 3 hrs 29 mins 49 secs.