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Cross Country

Dublin juvenile athletes represented the County and their clubs superbly and made us proud with many outstanding performances at the National Cross Country Championships, that were held in Gowran Demesne and Navan in November and December 2023. At the Even ages in Gowran, Ailbhe Finucane (Templeogue) set the ball rolling when winning the individual silver medal in the U12 girls contest and she led the Dublin team home for County silver and combined with her club team members to win the inter club title for Templeogue. Danny Davis (Clongriffin) was another in top form when winning the individual bronze medal in the U12 boys contest, with Senan Kelly (MSB) finishing 8th to claim an individual medal and they combined with the next four Dublin finishers to win Inter County Silver, with the MSB boy’s combining to win the inter club bronze medals. Ruby Farrelly (Templeogue) won an individual medal when she finished 8th in the U14 girls contest, and she led the Dublin team home for County silver. Eoin McGuirk (Lusk) won individual bronze in the U14 boys contest, with Conn McCluskey (DSD), Sam Deegan (Templeogue), Xaime Bereket Abeledo Chousa (DSD) all winning individual medals when finishing 5th, 6th, 8th and 11th respectively, and the quintet combined with Rodrigo Legas Olmos to win both the Inter County & Regional titles, with Templeogue winning the Inter club title and DSD inter club bronze. Emily Bolton (Dobnore Harriers) won individual silver and led the Dublin team home for Inter County silver.

Jacob Ciomek (Lucan) was the first Dublin boy to cross the line in the U16 contest in 4th place, with Cai Lewis (Crusaders), Conor McGuirk (Lusk), Liam Morris (Donore) and Rhys Johnson (Donore) all winning individual medals after crossing the line in 6th , 7th , 8th and 12th respectively, and combined with Charlie O’Neill (Donore) to both the Inter County & Regional titles, with Donore taking the Inter club title and Lucan the inter club bronze. In the U18 girls 5k contest Julie Cleary (Donore) won an individual medal when she finished 7th overall and led the Dublin team home for the Inter County title and the inter club team title for Donore Harriers. Cormac Dixon (Tallaght) won individual silver with Tom Breslin and Sean Cronin, both Clonliffe winning individual medals when finishing in 8 th and 11 th respectively, with Sean Cronin leading the Dublin team home to claim the Inter County Title, and the inter club title for Conliffe, with Donore claiming the inter club silver medals.

Our athletes again did us proud at the National Uneven Age Championships in Navan wherebLainey Sheridan (Rathfarnham/WSAF) was the first Dublin athlete to pick up a medal after she finished 3rd in the U11 contest with Emmyrose Tomkin Beddy (Blackrock) winning annindividual medal when finishing a good 10th and the pair combined with the next four Dublin athletes to finish for Inter County silver.

James Howlin (MSB) and Seimi Anglim (Lucan) both won individual medals when finishing 4th and 8th respectively in the U11 boys contest. Ruby Farrelly (Templogue) won silver in the U13 girls contest while Robyn Kennedy (Blackrock) won an individual medal when finishing 8th , and the pair combined with four other athletes to claim Inter County silver and regional bronze for Dublin. In the U13 boys contest, Conal Fitzgerald (Lucan) picked up a medal when he finished 11th in the large field of 160 finishers. Roisin Hanley Byrne (Templeogue) led the Dublin U15 girls team home for Inter County bronze, while Charlie O’Neill (Donore) claimed the U15 boys title and led the Dublin team home for Inter County silver, with the DSD scoring well for inter club silver. Emily Bolton stepped up on her silver medal performance in the U16 Championships with a
brilliant win in the U17 4k contest and she led the Dublin team home for the Inter County title and regional bronze, and combined with her club team mates to win the inter club silver medals. In the U17 boys 4k contest Charlie White (Donore) and Rory Quill (Clonliffe) both won individual medals when finishing 4th and 6th respectively and combined with the next four Dublin athletes to finish to win the Inter County title and regional silver, with Donore adding the Inter Club title.

Edel McCreery (Rathfarnham/WSAF) and Laura Nunan (Donore) both won individual medals when 5th and 12th respectively in the U19 girls 5k contest and combined with the next four Dublin athletes to finish they claimed both Inter County and Regional silver team medals, while Sean Cronin (Clonliffe) and Louie Woodger (MSB) also won individual medals when they finished 5th and 9th respectively in the boys U19 5k, and both, combined with the next four Dublin athletes to finish claimed both Inter County & Regional titles, with Clonliffe taking the Inter club title.

Clubs have been informed that cross country league trophies and medals, and National juvenile medals that were not picked up in Navan can be collected at Tallaght A.C. on Saturday 16th Dec. between 11:30 and 12:30.

Juvenile Indoor Competitions
Last Saturday we had a Zoom meeting that was attended by 17 club representatives who discussed the County Board decision at last month’s meeting to set aside one of the Indoor Dates for a Spraoi Games type event for U9/10/11 age groups.Following the discussion, the decision of the County Board was endorsed after a vote and it was agreed that Day 5, the 25 th of February be set aside for the Spraoi Games. The format will be circulated to clubs later.

The County Board Development officer Jeremy Lyons presented a proposal which was also shared and discussed, and this was later circulated to all clubs. Indoor dates have been circulated to clubs and the aim is to circulate the programme of events in the next week or so. Entry for Day’s 1, 2 and 3 and relays will be online.

Clubs have been advised to register their athletes for 2024 as soon as possible due to the earlier closing dates in January.