NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS, EVEN AGE, JUNIOR AND SENIOR – SANTRY DEMESNE, 21ST NOV 2021

Around 20 of our MSB athletes took to the line in the first of the national cross country championships in Santry Demesne last weekend.
The conditions were excellent; cold but sunny and firm under foot.
Cross Country is arguably the toughest event in athletics with each race having over 150 of the best athletes in the country taking part but it can also have a team aspect with three MSB teams having qualified.
First up for MSB was Charlie Foley in the U12 boys’ race over 2000m. He performed admirably; finishing well within the top half of the race.
The U14 girls were next with Ruby Buckley, Grace O’Grady, Naoise Carr, Lauren Atkinson and Aisling Philips over 3000m and took a creditable 15th place in the team event with Grace and Ruby bagging themselves a national county Gold medal for representing Dublin and finishing in 34th the and 36th place respectively.
The U14 boys with Daniel Webb, Peter Brennan, Adam Kelly, Michael Sheehy, Daniel Magnus Leoca, Harry Foley claimed an excellent 13th place for the team with Daniel Webb the highest finisher in 33rd place earning a county Bronze medal for his efforts.
The U18 girls’ team were the last of the Juveniles to take to the line with Gara Williams, Ellen McLoughlin, Viviana McCann and Maddie Buckley making up a strong team. The best team performance of the day took them to 5th place with Gara and Ellen finishing 30th and 34th individually and claiming a county Gold medal each
Performance of the day undoubtedly went to Scott Fagan in the U20 Junior race over 6km. With the top three automatically qualifying for the upcoming European Cross Country Championships taking place in a few weeks in Abbotstown, Dublin there was much at stake. Scott ran the race of his life to claim third place, Bronze and the prize to represent his country (and MSB!) on the European stage. We also have to congratulate his coach Brian Tremble helping him to get this high level.
Finn Woodger ran an excellent race improving on his Dublin time and taking 51st place.
Catriona Mullen was last to the start line in the senior women’s race where she ran an excellent race finishing in 19th place
Well done to all who took part. It was great to see so many MSB singlets on show. As ever, thanks to all who helped.

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