The cross country season is well and truely underway with the MSB Gerry Farnan cross country races held in lovely Autumn sunshine in the Phoenix Park this afternoon. Some very good performances from Clonliffe athletes: Stephen Scullion on his Clonliffe debut, Sarah McCormack 2nd in the women`s race and Aaron Hanlon winning the dublin U/18 title . First up this afternoon was a superb win by Aaron Hanlon in the boys U/18 Dublin cross country championship. Aaron taking the race by the scruff of the neck at half way to take an excellent win, a good run also by Liam Ashton in 7th, unfortunately due to injury Clonliffe`s 3rd and 4th runners had to pull out mid race.
The women`s race saw an outstanding run, once again, by Fionnula Britton (Kilcoole AC) to win by a huge margin. In the race for 2nd Clonliffe`s Sarah McCormack (16.46) was the victor running a strong race throughout and always leading the chase behind Britton. Other good runs by Emma Cooper in 58th (19.23) and young Roisin Leahy, 67th (19.49) in her first senior cross country race. The feature Gerry Farnan race was 5 hard miles around this tough course. David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) was a popular winner. Excellent runs from the Clonliffe trio in this race: making his debut in the Clonliffe vest was Stephen Scullion who started out somewhat conservatively and then worked his way nicely through the field from 25th at the end of lap 1 to 8th at the finish in 25.17. An excellent run also by Ian Guiden 16th overall (25.42) and 2nd junior, and Dave Fitzmaurice in 30th place (26.16).