Leinster Cross Country: Novice and Masters

Silver for Novice Ladies

Kilkenny ladies turned in a fine performance at the recent  Leinster  Novice Ladies Cross-country Championships in Mullingar. A team combined from Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) and St Joseph’s were proud winners of silver medals. Caoilte Malone, KCH, in 14th place, was first home, following a sprint finish with team-mate Maria Griffin, St Joseph’s, who placed 15th. Maria Murphy, KCH, showing  a strong burst of pace over the final 200m made it home in 17th place.  They were followed by St Joseph’s athletes Frances Mullally (25th), Mary Doolin (41st) and Sally Forristal (56th), KCH athletes Sinead Foley (31st) and Roisin Hickey (43rd) and  Sile Carroll, Castlecomer, (57th).

The Novice Men’s teams also showed well but failed to bring home medals with the county team coming fourth and KCH club team finishing in sixth place. First scorer on both teams was Eoin Everard, KCH. Eoin looked well placed to take an individual medal but had to settle for 8th place following an ankle mishap some 400m from the finish. An excellent run from a relative newcomer, David McPherson, KCH, was rewarded with a 13th place. Eamon Maher  44th and Padraig Daly, making his debut at cross-country, 50th , completed the scoring for the city club. These KCH men and Gowran athletes, Simon Dwyer 24th and Lyndon Barcoe 62nd, were team members on the county team.

In the Masters races at the same venue Margaret Power, Thomastown, finished 11th in the W1 category. Finish places in the Masters Men were Brendan Mernagh, St Joseph’s, 55th; Denis Cormack, Gowran, 67th; Tom McDonald, St joseph’s 76th and Marty Kelly, Gowran, 83rd.

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