Wins for Bracken and Murray at County Intermediate Cross Country Championships

Damian Moran

Reporter:

Damian Moran

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The cross country championship season continued with the Offaly Intermediate race last Sunday in Charleville where the ladies’ race was 4,000m while the men battled it out over 8,000m.

The cross country championship season continued with the Offaly Intermediate race last Sunday in Charleville where the ladies’ race was 4,000m while the men battled it out over 8,000m.

Mary Bracken was a very convincing winner of the women’s race having led all the way and crossing the line with a very comfortable margin. In second place was Jennifer Burke who is showing great potential in her first cross country season. Charlotte Abbott took third place with her usual solid run, finishing strongly just behind Jennifer.

In the men’s race the front runners were tightly bunched in the early stages and the winner, David Murray, had to work hard to outdo a very strong performance from David Brophy. A strong finish from David Murray secured the victory with David Brophy second while Mark Donegan claimed third place.

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Winners:

Intermediate Men: 1st David Murray; 2nd David Brophy; 3rd Mark Donegan

Intermediate Women: 1st Mary Bracken; 2nd Jennifer Burke; 3rd Charlotte Abbott (pictured above)

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Full results:

Women: Mary Bracken 16.14; Jennifer Burke 17.34; Charlotte Abbott 17.44; Mary Hussey 17.56; Lavinia Leahy 18.05; Mags Grennan 18.40; Jane Conlon 20.10.

Men: David Murray 28.17; Dave Fox 28.26(guest); David Brophy 28.48; Mark Donegan 29.26; Jody O’Reilly 29.38; Darren Butler 30.06; Keith Gorry 30.50; Brian McManus 31.19; Brian Russell 32.03; Fionnon Minnock 32.49; Pat Conlon 34.13; JP McLoughlin 35.56; Andy O’Grady 36.07; John McGowan 37.41.

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Dublin Simon Fun Run

Well done to Mary Gorry who took part in the 5 mile run in the Phoenix Park last Sunday in aid of the Dublin Simon Community. Mary finished 503rd out of the 1961 runners who took part and achieved a new pb of 44.25.

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Be Safe Be Seen

Now that the evenings are getting dark please remember to wear hi-vis clothing when running on the roads.

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Fixtures

Thurs 22nd Winter League Rd 2

Sun 27th Leinster Novice & Masters Cross Country

Mon 28th Dublin City Marathon

Nov:

Sun 3rd Offaly Senior Cross Country, Charleville

Sun 10th Leinster Intermediate Cross Country, Adamstown

Sun 17th National Inter-Country Cross Country, Athlone

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A list of AAI-licensed fixtures is available on www.athleticsireland.ie

Training for adults every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm and Sunday at 8.30am

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086-8727311 or Mary Daly 086-1906747 or any club member.