It was a successful weekend of competition for the Northern Irish and Ulster athletes who travelled to Avondale for the Irish Life Health National Intermediate, Masters, Juvenile B & Relays Cross Country Championships on 8thFebruary and to Abbottstown for the AAI Indoor Games on 9thFebruary.
Irish Life Health National Inter/Master, Juvenile B & Relays Cross Country
The cross country event was an excellent day for NI & Ulster athletes. First on the course at Avondale, Co Wicklow was the Intermediate Women, where Inishowen AC’s Sarah Kelly came 3rdoverall in 20:00. In the U13 Girls Annalee AC’s Ruby Gilmartin came 1stoverall with Shaun Gallagher (Finn Valley AC) finishing in 3rdplace in the U13 Boys, leading the Finn Valley AC team to 1stplace overall with 44 points.
In the U15 Boys Luke GIlmartin (Annalee AC) came 3rdwith Conor Murphy (Finn Valley AC) in 4thplace, leading Finn Valley AC into 2ndoverall with 96 points and in the U17 Girls Kate McCrystal (Annalee AC) came 3rd.
Next to take to the course where the Masters Women & Men M65+. Finn Valley AC’s Teresa Doherty came 1stin a time of 15:21, also winning the F40 age category. In the F35 category Lifford Strabane AC’s Claire McGuigan came 2ndwhile Finn Valley AC’s Kay Byrne came 2ndin the F55 category and Noreen Bonner came 3rdin the F60 category. Beechmount Harriers’ Paul Elliot came 3rdin the Men M65+ category.
In the Masters Men’s event, Eoin Mullan (Omagh Harriers) came 4thoverall and claimed 3rdplace in the M35 category. In the M40 category Dermot McElchar (Finn Valley Ac) came 3rdwhile North Belfast Harriers’ Eamon White was 2ndin the M50 category and Neil Carty was 3rd. Tommy Hughes (Termoneeny Running Club) came 1stin the M60 category.