The Dublin Senior Cross Country Championships took place at Santry Demesne on the 13th of November, Clonliffe were of course defending champions however, unfortunately for a variety of reasons we were deprived of a number of our athletes, despite this however the lads put up a spirited defence of their title with a superb performance from Gary O’Hanlon to claim individual bronze and lead the team to team bronze.
Despite the rain of the previous week and the International Masters Cross Country the previous day the superb course laid out over Santry Demesne held up brilliantly and despite muddy patches and some small amounts of standing water the conditions were ideal for cross country running.
Some sixty or so athletes started the first of five 2000M laps.
Straight from the off DSD’s Robert Costello hit the front and established a commanding lead with a wonderful display of front running. A small chasing pack included both Cian McLoughlin and Gary O’Hanlon.
As Robert Costello extended his lead his DSD club mate Joseph Sweeney also began pulling away from the pack, although a problem with his shoes on the final lap saw the chasing pack close right up behind him however, over the final 1000M he again pulled away to leave Cian McLoughlin and Gary O’Hanlon battling it out for bronze. Gary’s turn of speed over the final 100M saw him pull away to take individual bronze in a time of 31:18. Cian was overtaken by Gary Hynes to finish 5th in 031:20.
Nigel Brunton was 21st in 33:26, fourth scorer was Eddie Coughlan in 24th place on 33:38, Kevin English was 26th with 34:05 and super vet David Brennan was sixth scorer in 40th place with a time of 35:22. Our other competitor was William Stafford who battled on gamely to finish 62nd.
DSD were comfortable winners on 43 points from Raheny Shamrocks on 99 with Clonliffe taking bronze on 119 points.
The top three individuals were Robert Connolly of DSD with a time of 30:26, from Joseph Sweeney 31:14 also of DSD and Gary O’Hanlon 3rd on 31:18.
The Senior Women’s race featured only one Clonliffe athlete, Emma Cooper, who after a very steady run finished a credible 23rd with a time of 18:19.
The Dublin Senior Ladies Champion of 2005 was Eimear Marshall of Sportsworld who recorded a time of 16:23 from the superb Annette Kealy, running 24 hours after her win in the Ladies O/35 International with Niamh Devlin of DSD 3rd.
The Ladies team event was won by Donore Harriers on 29 points from Sportsworld on 34 and Raheny Shamrocks 57.
In the Junior Mens our highest finisher was Keith Jenkinson in 12th in a time of 21:17, Paul Boylan was 14th with a time of 22:04, Darragh Boylan 20th on23:46, Eoin Pearce 21st on 24:54 and Tennyson Firth 22nd on 25:04.
Our Junior Men placed fourth in the team event. The individual winner was Daire Bermingham of Raheny Shamrocks from John Coghlan of Metro St. Bridgets with Eoin McCormack from DSD 3rd.
Our Junior Women’s team of Christine Kenneally 8th, Denise Walsh 16th, Khadijah Dridi 18th and Ashley Lynch 19th placed fourth.
The winner of the Junior Women’s Championship was Linda Byrne of DSD from Aisling Baker also of DSD and Azmera Gebrezgi of DCH 3rd.
Finally, a word of appreciation to all of our hard working Club members who were involved in the promotion of the Championship over the course of the weekend from the course markers to race officials, supporters and all others who helped out in any way.
Photos to follow.