XC National Champs 2017 Report (Uneven)
Sunday, 17th December 2017
The National Uneven Age Juvenile Cross Country Championships took place on Sunday, 17th December in the grounds of the Waterford Institute of Technology Arena. It was a very tough, muddy and hilly course making it a very hard slog to get around.
28 of our 33 qualified athletes made it to the start line with a handful missing out due to illness and injury. This is a likely record number of MSB athletes at a national cross country race.
First race up was the U11G over 1.5km and there was a very exciting finish with three athletes all vying for Gold in the last 100m. A blanket finish saw Emily Bolton take the 3rd place and Bronze which for someone running up and age is a brilliant achievement. The rest of the girls battled their way around knowing every place can count in the team event and their efforts paid off with Grace O'Grady, Eva Crowe, Cara Mohan and Eily Kildunne claiming the team Bronze by just four points!
The U11B's race was next and Ben O'Neill was first MSBer over the line in 31st place followed by Zak Murphy, Eoin O'Brien, Jake O'Neill and Eoin Casey with the team claiming a creditable 10th place.
The most exciting race of the day was the U13G 2.5k race. With 500m to go Aoife Brown was 40m off the lead girl with a further 40m to the following pack of four. The leading girl was tiring badly and Aoife caught up with about 100m to go but the following pack had also caught up. The lead girl stumbled and her legs went and the girl in third tried to pass Aoife but one last burst of effort saw Aoife sprint to the line to take a phenomenal Gold to become All-Ireland Champion! Maddie Buckley was next over the line for MSB in a brilliant 36th place and claimed a County Gold medal for her efforts. The rest of the team fought hard with Eadaoin O'Mara, Leila McCormack and Aisling O'Grady bringing the team over the line in a very good fifth place.
The U13B race was up next and Thomas Bolton fresh from his U12B victory led out the MSB team and finished in a brilliant 8th place to claim yet another national medal. Solid efforts from James Monahan, Louie Woodger, Sean Finn, Ethan Monahan (who’d stepped in at the last minute) and Ben O'Neill brought the team over the line in 9th place. Special mention to Ben O'Neill who lost both his spikes in the mud half way round and still battled to the finish line in just his socks!
The U15B team took to the line and Scott Fagan managed to keep in touch with the leaders over the first couple of laps and pushed his way to fifth with a few hundred metres to go. He gained one more place in the last 100m to finish in a fantastic 4th place to claim a national cross country medal. James Bolton and Finn Woodger were in the top 25 after 2.5k but unfortunately, Finn took a bad fall with around 800m to go and was unable to continue. James came over the line in 21st place and Sean Og Mac Seoin in a very creditable 64th place. With only three finishers, they could not register a team placing.
MSB had two girls in the U17G 4k race. Aisling Mohan battled her way around and came over the line in 10th place to add yet another national medal to her collection. Molly Brown was 32nd which was enough to score for the Dublin County team and take a County Gold medal.
All in all a fantastic day all round for MSB. Massive thanks to all the athletes, parents and coaches for all their efforts and those who helped out with setting up the MSB tent, looking after the athletes and providing refreshments. Special thanks to Caoilinn Mohan for once again being the MSB official photographer for the day.
MSB were the most successful club in the country in terms of races won over both days of the national cross country events. Three of the 18 races were won by MSB athletes which is a fantastic achievement
MSB results are as follows and full results are on the Athletics Ireland website here:
|U15B||Sean Og Mac Seoin||64||3.5k|