Cross country success for talented Galway runners

GCH's Matt Bidwell who won the Corofin AC 8k road race last Sunday.
GCH's Matt Bidwell who won the Corofin AC 8k road race last Sunday.

LONGFORD AC hosted the Connacht Uneven Age Juvenile Championships for U11s, U13s, U15s, U17s and U19s, and day two of the Senior League Cross Country finals, last Sunday on a superb course in Moyne College.

Feidhlim McGowan of Sligo AC led home the Senior race ahead of Paddy O’Toole of Westport AC, while Michael Kerrin was first GCH man home in sixth. The women’s race was won once again by Adrianna Melia of Longford AC, while Kathryn Casserly of GCH running strongly to take second position.

At juvenile level, in the U11 boys event, Tuam AC took gold thanks to the efforts of Daragh Kenny, Cian Halligan, Ross Mitchell and Oisin Kelly, while Tuam AC also won team silver in the U11 girls race

In the U13 girls event, Isabella Burke of Galway City Harriers won gold, and also led GCH to the team title, with Aoibhe Joyce, Ava McKeon and Leana Ni Honcho all scoring team members. Aoibheann Fitzpatrick of Ballinasloe and District AC took the individual silver, while Craughwell AC were second team home.

South Galway AC won the U13 boys team title via David and Stephen Mannion, Andrew Horan, and Rian Dunne Lea, while Craughwell were runners-up, with club member Mathys Bocquet taking the individual bronze.

At U15 level, Sean Cotter of Craughwell AC was very impressive, winning easily, leading all the way. Sarah Gilhooley of Athenry came second in the U17 girls race, with clubmate Aisling Keane third in the U19 girls event. William Fitzgerald of Craughwell was third in a competitive U17 boys race, with Luke Evans winning silver at U19 level.

Meanwhile, the Connacht Primary Schools Finals and the last day of the Adult League races have been refixed for Saturday, November 18, at St Brigid’s GAA Grounds, Kiltoom, Roscommon, with a 12 noon start time.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.