GALWAY City Harriers Junior men’s cross country team competed with distinction with a ninth place finish at the European Clubs Championships on Sunday last in Mira, Portugal.
The race saw Europe’s top U20 cross country runners compete for their clubs, on a twisting and sandy circuit over the 6.2km course. The pace was fast from the gun, and saw a victory for Spanish athlete Aaron Las Heras, with defending champions Castellon of Spain retaining their team title after a tough battle with Portuguese outfit Benfica, with 13 teams completing the event.
All five of the GCH squad ran strongly in what was a competitive field. First home for Harriers on the day was Thomas McStay in 28th, one place ahead of Eanna Folan in 29th, Aaron Brennan was next home in 42nd, with Gary Martyn fourth scorer in 59th, and Michael Healy finishing 65th.
Lead coach Matt Lockett and team manager Brian Bruton were delighted with their charges performance, with the squad intent on making a return to this level again.
Craughwell AC secured bronze medals at the National Indoor League final held in Dublin on Saturday last, with a great team performance, behind winners Dublin City Harriers and Sli Cualann in second place.
There were great performances on the day from the young squad of Craughwell athletes, with Chloe Casey winning the shot putt in her first senior competition, Laura Cunningham coming second in the high jump and sixth over 60m, while captain Sarah Finnegan was third in the 60m hurdles and second in the triple jump. Sinead Treacy finished third in the long jump and sixth over 200m, while Sinead Gaffney was fourth in the 800m. Arlene Earls came third over 400m, and Caron Ryan secured fourth in the 1500m. The final event of the day was the 4x200m relay which was ran by a squad comprising Sinead Treacy, Sinead Gaffney, Arlene Earls and Laura Cunningham who finished in fourth place.
GCH women just missed out on a medal, placing fourth, with all of the squad doubling up in events to score points, with Kathryn Casserly scoring well in both the 800m and 1500m, Aoife Sheehy finished second in the 60m hurdles, third in the triple jump and sixth in the high jump. Seren O’Toole was runner up in the long jump and sixth in the shot putt, while Laura Nally was a fine second in the 400m. Nicole King finished third in the 60m and fifth in the 200m.
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