The Clonliffe juvenile athletes were in fine form at today`s Dublin Juvenile Uneven Ages Cross Country Championships held in perfect conditions in Santry Demesne. Most impressive runs today came right across the age groupings with both Adam O`Brien (U/17) and Hope Saunders (U/19) winning County titles. Several classy displays in the team races with the U/13 girls, U/15 girls, U/15 boys and U/17 boys all winning team medals and progressing to the National finals in December which are being hosted by Clonliffe in Santry Demesne.
Early success gave in the boys U/9 800m race where the Clonliffe pairing of Daniel Coleman and Cian O`Hare placed 2nd and 3rd. The U/11 girls team all battled away with good showings from Lara, Naoise, Holly, Sally, and Katie. The boys U/11 also put in strong showings lead home in 6th place by Jonathan Fitzsimons. Great runs also from James 11th, Michael 13th, Oisin, Matthew, Gavin, Donal and Keith to take Dublin bronze.
The U/13 girls continued with their great season`s form and totally dominated their race Amy Hodson was a superb 2nd place, 5th Ella Brown, 6th Rachel Fagan and 7th Amy scott for a team score of 20 points some 40 plus clear of 2nd to take well deserved gold. Great back up runs also on this team by Ella Bergin, Vicky McDonnell, Tacy Airton and Abby Sheehy. First home for the U/13 boys was Cian Forrester in 22nd with Darragh Cartner 23rd, good runs also by Mark, Joaquin, Matthew and Luke, the team placing out of the medals.
The U/15 ran over 3,500 here the girls team of Hannah Browne 16th, Lauren Carr 21st, Cliona Cooley 24th and Amy Connolly 27th put in brave battling performances and were rewarded with team bronze. Team bronze also for the U/15 boys where Craig Giles had another very impressive outing to finish 2nd, and with three of the U/14 squad stepping up to put in sterling runs: Cian Bolger 15th, Ben Guiden 18th and Aaron Cullen 23rd these scoring 4 secured 3rd place. Backing these up were Stephen Cashin 27th, Harry Pierce 28th, Mark Kerins 33rd and Sam Baker Gorman 34th.
Adam O`Brien was simply superb in the U/17 boys race putting in great work in the early stages and then holding off his challenger on the final lap to take the Dublin title. A fine run also from U/16 Joseph Hession 5th, followed in by Sean Carrig 6th and Alex Gibbons with a 14th place finish completed the scoring 4 that took team silver. Next in was Kevin McKenna 19th, Thomas ward 20th and Greg Hosseny 22nd. Finally Hope Saunders took the U/19 title, run in conjunction with the Junior race (see earlier report)
Well done to all our Juvenile athletes today you did Clonliffe Harriers proud.