Ulster Even Cross Country Championships


On a sunny saturday 22 athletes, their coaches and parents departed Carrickmacross bound for Greenmount campus in Antrim. In near perfect conditions for cross country racing, the day started with the boys u10 race. Carrick Aces were represented by Conor Flanagan and Eunan McMahon. Both ran excellently with Conor finishing a great 19th and Eunon 41st. After that the distance moved up to 1.5km for our u12s. We had both a boys and girls team entered in both races with very big numbers. Maeve Smith was first home for the girls in 19th place, followed by Cait Hughes 49th, Roisin Murray 57th, Rebecca Keenan 68th, Caitlin Markey 72nd, Sinead McCahey 73rd and Rhyssah Moy 96th in what was a very busy and competitive race. The team was placed 9th out of 13 teams. Well done girls. James Callan lead the boys home again in 18th place followed by Peter Gilmartin 39th, Oisin Donnelly 47th, Diarmuid Flanagan 63rd, Michael McEneaney 74th and Rory Campbell 91st. Next up were our u14s, running 2.5km. Ciara McCahey was our only competitor in the tough girls race, placing 69th in a packed field. Our u14 boys had a great run to finish 7th team with a number of our athletes scoring as part of the Monaghan team who came 2nd and will go on to represent Monaghan at the National xc championship. The team was lead home by Odhrán Smith in 18th place, closely followed by Ronan Markey in 22nd, Kevin Gainford 43rd, Joshua Campbell 49th, Conor Farrelly 51st and Caomhín Donnelly 66th. A huge well done to all of our athletes, Ulster xc is extremely competitive and all should be very proud of their performances. For many this was their first experience of competing at this level and many were running out of age. Hope to see as many as possible at the uneven age group competition on 9th November.
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