Alistair Cragg was disappointed with his performance in his first cross country race in Ireland at the Belfast International Cross Countryheld at the Stormont Estate on Saturday the 7th of January when he placed 6th behind Kenya’s Barnabas Kosgei.
Alistair started brightly enough to lead the field however, his challenge faded somewhat and he appeared to struggle with the pace finding himself trailed off and finishing some 1:04 behind the Kenyan victor.
Alistair said afterwards: “I came here ready to race these guys but when it came to the crunch there was nothing there. Perhaps I lost a bit of my fight and my toughness during the three months I was out and I need to get back and start doing some really hard training again.”
Seamus Power had a pretty good run to finish in 10th place, only some 3 seconds adrift of Alistair in what was his comeback race, indeed this was Seamus Power’s first race in almost a year.
The top ten in the race were:
1 B. Kosgei (Kenya) – 28:05 2 M. Kipsiro (Uganda) – 28:06 3 D. Ritzenhein (USA) – 28:20 4 S. Kiflemariam (ERI) – 28:43 5 T. Shiffraw (ETH) – 28:45 6 A. Cragg – 29:09 7 R. Whalley (GB) – 29:11 8 P. Julian (USA) – 29:12 9 S. Plummer (GB) – 29:13 10 S. Power – 29:16
In the Women’s race Mary Cullen ran very strongly leading the field for the majority of the race however, ultimately she finished 4th behind the three EthiopiansE. Kidne, D. Alemu, A. Kasim.
We also had juvenile and junior teams competing in Stormont with our Boys U/15 taking Silver.