Nov 1, 2009 [Noel Guiden] This afternoon`s Dublin Cross Country saw our Junior men continue where they left off last season at the top of the heap. An excellent team performance saw the guys take the Dublin team title by some margin, with Dave Fitsmaurice finishing second after a great race with Emmet Jennings of DSD. The senior women also made it a day to remember with team bronze (unofficial) and the return to action of Francis Nic Reamoin.
First away were the junior women, and good to report a full Clonliffe team, for the first time in a few years, taking part. Sarah Finnegan after a good Summer track season put in a strong performance on the country taking 9th place, not far behind was Kate Purcell in 13th. Denise O`Callaghan again had a very solid run in 19th. Roisin Gallagher ran well finishing in 21st and in the second race of her come back Niamh Hussey was delighted to finish 22nd and more importantly ran and felt much better than her race of two weeks back, good run also from Siorcha. The girls placed just out of the top three, however, as time goes on this young squad will move on up the rankings.
There was considerable interest in our Junior men`s team, the reigning National Champions, and how they would go having lost a couple of their team to the senior ranks. Novice champion David Fitzmaurice ran a great race, the early pace was very hot, as Liam Trimble (MSB) took an early lead, Fitzie and DSD`s Emmet Jennings got to work at closing the gap, then the three were reduced to two as Trimble was dropped, leaving a great battle over the final laps, with one to go Fitzie and Jennings were shoulder to shoulder but out the back of the course Emmet Jennings got a gap which he held to the finish for a well earned Dublin title. Dave Fitz was 2nd and with Jamie Rossister and Eric McCann trading places throughout the race things looked very good for the team title, Jamie 6th, Eric 8th. Larry Brady continuing to get back into shape after a long injury lay off came through the field nicely finishing 11th. Conor McGuinness also ran a superb race 13th and jet lagged Jordan Logue, after a flight from the US West coast a day earlier, dug deep for 19th place. An excellent team gold.
On to the senior women, and a strong looking Clonliffe team. It was great to see Francis back in the fold, running the only way she can: with her heart. Francis ran an excellent race, particularily as this was her first race in an age finishing first of the team in 5th place. Becky Woods was only two places behind in 7th place after another battling performance…a muddy St. Anne`s is a world away from Summer 800/1500 PB`s! Also battling it out for the club was another track star Louise Reilly 16th and Ailish McDermott two places behind in 18th. Two places back again was the ever battling ever green Mags Greenan ( maybe a mountain or two on the course would have suited Mags even more). The girls look to have received their just reward with team bronze (TBC).
Finally to the senior men, and with the squad well and truely decimated, bronze was really about the best we could have looked for here. There were as always nuggets to be dug from the mud, a really good run from both Michael McDermada placing 15th and from Brett Paine 18th were the stand outs from a Clonliffe point of view, with Aidan Bailey, well up in the early part things looked promising, however, Aidan hit troubled waters and pulled up. Declan Power also ran well finishing very strongly over the second half of the race for 33rd place, Eoin Pearse was 36th. Niall Sherlock placed 48th and in his first senior race for the club Ernie Ramsey was solid in 50th with Terry McLoughlin well satisfied with 59th and not looking out of place at all in a strong field like this. The team finished well out of the top three.
Rathfarnham looked very strong and packed well to win the team title, from hosts Raheny. Well done to our hosts on a well organized championships. Full official results on www.dublinathletics.com soon.