Tullamore Harriers athlete Liam Brady was in great form last weekend as he claimed victory in the Leinster Intermediate Cross Country Championship, which was held in Dunboyne, Co Meath on Sunday last.
It was a superb achievement for Liam on his debut run with a Tullamore Harriers Senior Cross Country team. On a relatively flat and spectator friendly course, Liam was with the leading group from the start.
He gradually extended this lead with Eoin Everard (Kilkennny AC) sitting on his heels. The pair pulled away from the main pack in the third of the 4 lap course, with Eoin leading down the home straight.
With 40 meters to go, Liam went up a gear, bursting past his challenger and claiming the title in a thrilling finale. Liam has good reason to be pleased with his performance in the senior ranks and will take that valuable experience with him into the season ahead.
Next home for Tullamore was Catch Grennan (11th), who looked comfortable and kept a settled pace throughout. With a tremendous display from Dave Fox (13th), especially in the last lap, and a good solid run by Mike Murphy (34th), the team finished with a well deserved third club placing. Eddie Garry (43rd) and Dave Brophy (59th) provided good support narrowly missing out on a county medal by two points. It transpired later in the day that second placed Everard wasn’t eligible to compete in the Intermediate competition but this didn’t take from the fine performances of our athletes.
Tullamore Harriers seven Intermediate ladies were led by the ever impressive Michelle Mullaney (9th) finishing just 40 seconds behind the winner Ide McDhomhnaill (Donore Harriers). Mary Bracken (13th) ran her usual steady, level headed race gaining ground as the race progressed.
While it was a flat course the underfoot conditions were both sticky and very mucky in parts and the reported opinion was that it was more testing than the traditional hilly cross country course. Next in the ladies race was Nita McLoughlin (32nd) followed by Charlotte Abbott (35th). Maeve Larkin (37th), Mags Grennan (39th) and Niamh McDermott completed the team who finished 4th club, just outside the medals.
Overall times; Men 8k; Liam Brady 25.59, Catch Grennan 28.20, Dave Fox 28.34, Mike Murphy 29.49, Eddie Garry 30.37, Dave Brophy 31.51
Women 4k; Michelle Mullaney 16.03, Mary Bracken 16.20, Nita McLoughlinn 18.23, Charlotte Abbott 18.46, Maeve Larkin 19.10, Mags Grennan 19.47