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18 Jan 2022

Limerick Leader Weekly Athletics Notes: Athletes shine at cross country championships

Limerick Leader Weekly Athletics Notes: Athletes shine at cross country championships

Ireland claimed the team gold medal in the Men’s Under-23 event with Darragh McElhinney winning the individual silver medal.

Donal Devane from Ennis Track AC was a member of this victorious under 23 team and coached by Limerick athletics stalwart Joe Chawke.

His clubmate Dean Casey was the second scoring member of the Irish U20 team who took silver on the day.

Sarah Healy finished fifth in the Women’s Under-23 race with gold going to Italy’s Nadia Battocletti.

Ireland’s mixed relay team of Ciara Mageean, Luke McCann, Síofra Cléirigh Büttner and Andrew Coscoran narrowly missed out on a bronze medal. They were in pole position after two laps but fell out of the medal positions in the last leg to finish fourth.

Brian Fay finished tenth in the senior men’s final, 30 seconds behind pre-race favourite Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway, who ran a superb time of 30:15 for the testing 10km course.

Hiko Tonosa finished 13th with Cormac Dalton in 28th, while Emmet Jennings and Paul O’Donnell were 44th and 56th respectively.

Karoline Grovdal completed a double success for Norway with victory in the senior women’s final, where Fionnuala McCormack finished a superb 9th (just a week after running a 2:23 marathon), Eilish Flanagan came 15th.

Aoibhe Richardson was 23rd, three places ahead of Roisín Flanagan. Aoife Cooke finished 38th with UL graduate Michelle Finn 46th.

Well done to all athletes and officials making this a brilliant event and will no doubt inspire all Irish athletes.

Around the Country

Niall O’Callaghan finished 6th in the Mile race at the Elite NI Alive Indoor Meet at the National Indoor Arena on Wednesday night. He ran 4.38 and was first Masters athlete home.

Garry Carroll (West Limerick AC) won the Glenageenty Trail 10K last Saturday Sam Hand (Kilmallock AC) finished in 5th place in the Glanageenty Trail marathon, a route which boasted of having a 1300 metres of climbing along its 42 km route.

Parkrun

John Whittaker (17:49) and Sinéad Gaffney (19:30) were first finishers at UL. Joe O’Connor (19:11) and Susan Lowe (23:51) were best in Newcastle West. Dermot Kearns (16:42)was fastest in Limerick at weekend in Mungret with Jacintha Valleley (26:40) first woman.

Fixtures

Duhallow AC 5K Road Race, Newmarket, Co. Cork, Sunday 19th December 1pm

The Tom Walsh Memorial 10K Run and 5 Mile walk 2022 takes place on Sunday 16th January in Caherconlish.

The Milford Hospice 10k takes place on Sunday 30th January at UL

The Adare 10K, sponsored by ‘All Real Nutrition’ takes place on Sunday 27th February

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