Cross country wins for Tullamore Harriers athletes

Day two of the Offaly County Cross Country championships was held on Sunday last in Charleville.

Day two of the Offaly County Cross Country championships was held on Sunday last in Charleville.

On a damp foggy morning, with mucky conditions following the heavy rain of recent days, 23 athletes lined up for the Offaly Intermediate competition which was followed later in the morning by the juvenile races.

First title of the day was won by Michelle Mullaney who ran a steady race from the start, with 2nd finisher Mary Bracken keeping close company for the 5000m. Silver Novice winner from last week, Charlotte Abbott, medalled again coming home in 3rd place.

The men’s race was run over 8000m and while the leading pack of Catch Grennan, Richie Galvin and Dave Fox weren’t eligible for medals due to having won the title in the past, they, along with Jason Donegan, provided an accommodating challenge for the eventual Intermediate winner Mike Murphy. 2nd place went to Jody O’Reilly who was in an unyielding battle with 3rd placed Eamon Henry, Novice winner of 2012 .

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Overall results; MEN (8k) Catch Grennan (Guest) 29.02, Dave Fox (guest) 29.18, Richie Galvin (guest) 29.43, Jason Donegan (guest) 29.44, Mike Murphy 30.02, Jody O’Reilly 31.06, Eamonn Henry 31.32, Dave Brophy 32.29, Dave Murray 34.19, Andy O’Grady (guest) 36.56. Jim Langan (20.22)

WOMEN(5K); Michelle Mullaney 21.24, Mary Bracken 21.38, Sinead Rigney (guest) 22.10, Una Mullen(guest) 25.06, Charlotte Abbott 25.13, Nita Mcloughlin(guest) 25.56, Mags Grennan 25.56, Martina Conlon(guest) 26.33, Mary Casey 28.00, Jane Conlon 29.02, Sharon Daly 29.43, Angela Martin 29.57.