Juveniles do business in uneven age c`ships

Nov 8, 2009 [Noel Guiden] The Dublin Juvenile Championships moved southside today for the uneven ages to the lovely surroundings of Marley Park in beautiful late Autumnal sunshine, a very welcomed change after the cold of last week`s even ages in St. Annes. Once again the club`s athletes donned spikes, black ‘n’ amber singlets and that Nil Desperandum fighting spirit for the challenging hilly course, and took a number of championship medals back home to Santry.

Things got off to an excellent start with the U/11 girls team of Nana, Lauren, Grace and Ruth winning team silver and minutes later the crack boys U/11 squad (Kilem, Keith, Darren, Timolte and Joseph) looked equally impressive also taking team silver.

The boys U/13 team of Sean, the two Lukes and Zak, put in a strong performance but were just out of the medal positions.

John Buckley running back in his own age group having moved up to run U/16 last week, looked good in the U/15 race. A steady start had him in a comfortable 25th at half way, however, a storming second half moved him well up to finish 13th. A good run also in this race from young Cian.

The U/17 girls brought us back onto the winners rostrum as Laura Brennan lead home the team in 12th place, followed by Elaine Begley, back doing distance after her track season over the hurdles, with a good run in 14th and with Laura Preston battling along to 22nd with Irene Falvey in 23rd this young team, three of whom will be U/17 again next year, took well deserved bronze jointly with Rathfarnham.

On then to the boys U/17 where both Fintan Doherty and Ian Guiden were expected to come home in the top 6 or 7. Neither disappointed as from the off they worked themselves nicely into the lead pack. At half way Ian, moving up a year, had moved into 4th with Fintan 5th and over the last 800 of the 4,000 distance Ian moved himself into bronze with Fintan placing 5th. Johnny Bradley Ward had a good solid run, finishing well picking up another place on the run in for 20th, Ryan Cashel was troubled by stomach cramps which knocked him well down the field finishing 26th. The team finished 4th position.

The final race of the day was the much anticipated U/19 boys race over 5,000m. The Clonliffe team despite missing a good number of athletes meant business. From the gun Conor McGuinness, Jamie Rossister, Eric McCann and Larry Brady packed in the lead bunch. As the race went on the field split Raheny`s Chris Jones took up the running and in fairness ran the legs off the pack looking most impressive, Jamie ran an excellent race continuing his good form of the season taking silver, Eric McCann continues to impress another good outing taking 4th place while running one of his best races todate Conor McGuinness looked very strong taking 5th place. Larry Brady again contiunes to race himself back to full fitness clearly finding a second race in 7 days taxing but a battling performance saw him finish 11th and the team taking Dublin gold. A word of praise also to Johnny Freeman finding himself in the deep end in his first race as he gritted his teeth to keep on going when lesser men may have thrown in the towel. Well done Johnny.

So another Dublin Juvenile Cross country season closes with our athletes proving their metal once again. Well done all.