Nov 28, 2007 [Noel Guiden] For the second time this week a large group of the club`s juvenile athletes were in All Ireland action this time in the red and white of St. Aidans in the CBS all Ireland Cross Country held in windy ALSSA this afternoon. After Sunday`s heroic U/18 gold medal winning performance at The Curragh the lads would have been forgiven if tiredness affected them today, but despite heavy legs they once again delivered.From the off Mark McDonald, Tony Kavanagh and Colm Murray got themselves into this race running in the lead pack with Mark having a strong run he managed to pull away giving chase to the leader and finished an excellent second place.Another very good run from Colm Murray brought him home in 4th. Larry Brady (left) came through the field nicely over taking Tony Kavanagh over the last 400m to take 6th, with Tony 7th. These four gave St. Aidans the win and a second All Ireland winners medal in a matter of days for Mark and Tony.
Also in action in the senior race for St. Aidans were Paul Sherrin 9th, Dave Murphy 14th and Gavin Redmond 19th. Good runs also form Clonliffe lads Micky McAnnallan 5th and Eoghan Khan 10th running for St. Josephs. Nice going with Clonliffe athletes 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 14th and 19th !
In the U/16 race Clonliffe`s Jordan Logue in the St. Aidans colours was a superb 3rd, always at the sharp end of things, Jordan was left slightly adrift of the race winner and lost out on 2nd by a matter of inches. An excellent run also in that race from Mark McKenzie, (despite someone having painted his hair since Sunday !) in 7th place with Graham Mahon after another good run 13th.
The U/15 race had two of our athletes running for St. Aidans, Ian Guiden after a strong run was 9th with Sean Costello coming back to fitness 45th.While the only Harrier in the U/14 race was Niall Hanlon who placed 32nd.
An excellent day for our athletes and St. Aidans, taking a good batch of medals and silver ware, three cups no less, including school of the day, back to Whitehall.Congratulations to Alan O`Neill and the lads.