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McGuinness 1st in Dublin Intermediate Cross Country

Cross Country races are coming thick and fast now. Hot on the heels of last week`s Nationals came the Dublin Intermediate Cross Country Championships in Tymon Park this afternoon. Conor McGuinness continued his fine comeback and showing no ill effects from 10,000m in Abbotstown a week ago took the Dublin title. Next in was Conor Keane 4th with Sean Doran 5th, somewhat surprisingly with three in the top five the team only took bronze, going back to seasoned campaigner Niall Sherlock in 34th for the 4th scorer. Others: 36th Shaun Connaghan, 40th Joseph Keane.

The women`s team took silver lead home by another athlete on the comeback trail Orna McGinley in an excellent 9th. Kerri Page was 10th, Ciara Peelo 13th and Clodagh Moriarty 21st, completing the scoring four. These four were well backed up by Aideen Brady 25th, Brid Beausang 33rd, Aisling Andrews 35th and Emer Brennan 38th.

Earlier in the programme some of the club`s juvenile athletes ran in the final round of the league. The U/14 girls represented by Katie Halpin who ran a fine race to place 3rd with Emma McDonnell showing a welcome return to form in 5th.

The U/13 girls also took in the event where Naoise Cullen was a strong 8th, Amy Daly, an athlete now coming to grips with the hilly and muck of cross country was 17th and Amy Sheehy making light of a fall 200 from home gathered herself to take several places in the run in for 19th. The sole Boy Harrier was Keith Burke who ran well in the U/13 boys race for 19th.

Next up on a packed cross country schedule is Dundalk for the National Novice and Juvenile Uneven ages in seven days time.

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