Pamela Cooper Reports: In today’s Dublin Novice 4km Cross-Country in the Phoenix Park where we most diffidently Hit High Winds from all directions The Clonliffe Harriers Ladies held their ground & took the Bronze Team Medal the 4 scorers: Alannah Cooley 10th, Ciara Peelo 12th, Emma Dune 15th & Orna McGinley 29th
(Pictured) Clonliffe Novice Women, sans late arrival Alannah Cooley!
These were strongly support by team mates Aisling Andrews (32nd), Siobhan Devaney (38th), Claire Roche (41st), Bernadette Kearnan (45th), Aoife O`Sullivan (46th), Kerri Page (47th), Yvonne McDonough (48th), Orla Deighan (60th) & Brid Beausang (66th)
The course as always with the Novice was fast and various hills of height and depth to climbing but this did not stop the Black & Amber Ladies lose sight of the finish line to catch themselves a tightly fought and well-earned Bronze Medal.
For some this race was their first taste of cross-country for others is was a long awaited retuned to the familiar race course of rolling hills and high winds after long absences form racing due to illness and injury & for others it was just another day at the office either way it was as always a great sight so see so many Clonliffe ladies out in Force……Well done to all and big thanks to all the supporters……National Novice here we come girls!!!!
The women`s race was followed by the Novice men`s race where Adam O`Brien, remarkably only back training a week or so after a period of injury, ran a battling race to finish in the bronze medal paying position of 3rd! The men`s team place just shy of the medals in 4th place. Clonliffe men results: 3rd Adam O`Brien, 9th Sean Doran, 24th Joseph Keane, 32nd James Vint, 41st Shaun Conagh, 65th Niall Sherlock, 75th Anthony Doran, 85th Mick Gleeson, 87th Niall Markey, 91st Declan Grant. (these results may not be 100% as race numbers mixed up a bit!)