A great day for the Parish.

Stephen Bateson reports: The 2nd Sunday of October heralded the beginning of another Cross Country season. In unseasonably barmy weather conditions 2 large Clonliffe Teams took to the Line of the Dublin Novice Races.

The women team had 15 entries that competed over a distance of 4.5 K. There were couple of ladies making their Cross country debuts for the team. Over the first lap Clonliffe ladies packed well and were well in the hunt for team medals with a lap to go. Over the final lap Julie Larkin had a stormer to finish in 5th, with  an equally impressive Hannah Browne running her best race in a number of years to finish 9th, close behind was Aisling Killiea who ran a very mature and measured race to finish 12th and then Jools Hughes in 14th showing great determination over the final 200 m to hold her place and showing the strength that she has from her half marathon training.  The Team finished 3rd on 40 points, 7 behind Crusaders in 2nd and DCH in first on 29 points.

The other Clonliffe team Members were

Aoife O’Reilly                   17th

Sarah Hawkshaw               19th

Jenny Johnston               22nd

Siobhan Devaney               28th

Aoife O’Sullivan               31st

Chloe Heaslip                   49th

Ines Pinto                         54th

Orla Deighan                    55th

Siobhan McCarthy               57th

Paul Horgan                     61st

Yvonne McDonough               69th

The Men’s Team have had a number of frustrating years at this event being close on a number of occasions but finally today the Novice title was captured to go with the road title that was won in March, There were 14 men toeing the line before the 6k course. There were a number of the team making their Novice debut for the club.  From the gun there was 4 men in the leading group. These 4 stayed in the leading group until the final 2 laps and with 1 lap to go Fintan Kerins and Jack Maughan  were in the hunt with Niall Carbery and Sean Owens Heaslip just slightly further back. Fintan held on for 2nd and Jack Maughan finished strongly in 4th. Niall Carbery came in 10th with Sean Owens Heaslip coming home in 12th. With 28 points the team were clear winners from DSD in 2nd with 45 points and DCH with 61 points in 3rd. The team was backed up strongly  by

Paul Keenan                     23rd

Cian Murray                     41st

Oren Kenny                      46th

Ronan Donohoe              49th

Eoin Maguire                   51st

Peter Bissett                    64th

Jack Woods                      85th

Andrew Gaffney              87th

Ryan Sheridan                 89th

Fergal O’Shea                  95th