Juveniles kick off cross country season

Sep 19, 2010 [Noel Guiden] September 19th, the first day of what`s going to be a long cross country season, the club`s juvenile athletes get us up and running with an early start for round 1 of the Dublin Juvenile league. The wonderful grounds of Newbridge House provided the venue with perfect underfoot conditions on the lawn of this stately home. Up to 50 young Clonliffe athletes in the U/10 to U/15 age groups competited today and with with some very encouraging runs.

The U/10 girls got proceedings underway at 11.00 sharp and with three Clonliffe athletes in the top 10 the morning began in some style: sisters Sol and Lola O`Liadhe finished 4th and 9th with Hope sandwiched between in 8th place. David Tuite had a great run in the U/10 boys in 3rd place, also making the top 10 was Ben Guiden 9th.

Although she was just back from holidays and with no training in the last few weeks Ruth Bergin took up today where she finished off in the Summer with a brillant 3rd place in the girls U/11 with Cliona Cooley also looking good in 11th. In the boys U/11 Keelan Twomey was top man with a super 3rd place, great runs also from Darren Lawler 15th and Thomas O`Connor 20th in his first ever race.

The U/12 boys ran superbly as a team, all three coming on strongly through the field over the second half of the race, and all three making the top 10: 5th Joseph Hession, 7th Keith Hodson, 10th Timotei Lawless.

Strong running also from the girls U/13 squad with Alannah Cooley 14th, Nana Saba 18th and Tara Casey 21st. The boys also ran well in their race Peter Taylor with another strong finish was 6th closely followed by Owen Burke 10th.

In the U/14 girls Laura Tuite was best of the Clonliffe girls with another top 10 run placing 10th, with Kate Hession 12th and Sarah Murray 14th. In the boys race another very encouraging run from Adam Murphy who also came nicely through the field over the latter part of the race finishing 7th with James Mulcahy 15th.

Finally our last runner of the day was Megan Coomber, more noted as a sprinter and long jumper, well today she rolled up her sleeves, got stuck into cross country and ran an excellent 1500m race to finish in 6th place in a race some 15 times longer than her specialist distance. An outstanding performance and well earning her the Clonliffe Harrier of the Day title.

Well done to all our athletes today. Next Sunday we take on the Phoenix Park, and after today`s performances boys and girls we say: “bring it on!”