Jan 16, 2008 [Noel Guiden] The first major school`s race of 2008 took place in bitterly cold conditions at St. Clare`s, Glasvevin this afternoon. The DCU Invitational Cross Country featured athletes from some 80 schools throughout the country and featured several of Clonliffe`s young athletes.Great work was done in organising the event by DCU`s Enda Fitzpatrick and of course our own John Shiels with an excellent spectator friendly course around the football pitches, with the added attraction of a sharp hill which with the rain produced a nice coating of mud catching many of the runners further down the field out. There were several backmarkers involved in pile ups much to the amusement of their school mates.
The boys senior race provided the race of the day. There were a large number of Clonliffe athletes involved. Dave Flynn(Coolmine Community School) proved that he is over the illness which hampered him in Saturday`s Cetlic International as he ran about 10/15 meters off his Coolmine school mate only closing the gap over the final 500m and then unleashing a superb kick sprinting to an excellent victory. Great race also from Colm Murray 4th, Tony Kavanagh 7th, Mark McDonald 8th (all St. Aidans), who along with Paul Sherin and Gavin Redmond brought team victory to the Whitehall school. Good run also from Declan Moran.
In the senior girls Kate Purcell ran a good race finishing comfortably in the top 10, while Sarah Finnegan looked equalling good in the U/17 race finishing well up the field.
Other Clonliffe athletes in action included one shoed Jordan Logan and Graham Mahon in the boys U/17. Ian Guiden and Sean Costello in the U/15 taking team 2nd for St. Aidans and Niall Hanlon in the U/14`s where St. Aidans took the team win.