Oct 2, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Jayme Rossister won his biggest race for Clonliffe todate in Dublin`s Phoenix Park this afternoon to take the Dublin Novice Cross Country title and lead the Clonliffe men to a well deserved team title. After the non stop rain for the last 48 hours it was a surprise that the underfoot conditions held up so well, although the park does tend to drain well. It was an even bigger surprise that the rain stopped by race time.
From the off the Clonliffe lads got well into the mix with Jayme joined at the front of the pack by Mark McDonald and Conor McGuinness. It was good to see Jayme run with his old confidence back after a period of injury and at half way as Mark slipped back from the leaders Jayme made his move upping the pressure to pull away. From here on in there was no way back for the chasing group as a clearly delighted Rossister took an excellent win by a comfortable margin. With Conor McGuinness also having a superb run and taking bronze in 3rd, Brian Tobin 7th and Mark McDonald 8th the Clonliffe lads were clear team winners on 19 points, 2nd Donore 39, 3rd Raheny 65.
Good back up runs from the rest of the squad : Ronan Merrick 17th, Darren Reilly 19th, Joseph Cooper 30th, Stephen Harkness 31st and Darragh Cullen 33rd.
The womens Novice team placed 6th. There was a very good runs in this race from Orna McGinley first Clonliffe home with a top 10 finish (9th), followed by Laurna Begley in 17th, Sinead Hartnett 20th, solid performances also from Kate Purcell 35th, Christine McKenzie 37th, Etan Alyward 41st and Orla Hester 46th.
All in all a pretty impressive start to the inter club cross country season by the Harriers.