While the adults were happy to clinch the overall cross-country shield in Kilmacow today the juveniles were also happy and made their coaches/parents happy. To witness Ella O’Flaherty leading the under 7s and hear her brother Daire go wild with the excitement of seeing her head uphill to the finish would gladden anyones heart. And then the scene was replicated as Daire led the under 9s a merry dance. And Peter Quinn- what a finish to take second place. Emma Kelly was flying form also and won silver in girls u9. There were heroic performances in the u11 races. Eabha Hanrahan (u10) ensured there was an u11 team but her individual performance to work through the field and take 8th place was outstanding – 28th in the A race back in Castlecomer. And Clodagh Maye moved from 43rd to 28th – way to go. The u11 boys had a mighty warrior in Paddy Purcell. A long way back on lap 1 but a steady second lap saw him pick off athlete after athlete. He finished with silver but very close to the gold. Shay Molloy was steady throughout. Like Eabha, an u10 athlete, but a vital member of the u11 team resulting in bronze medals for the team. Hannah Quinn, Aoife Quinn and Rory Hanrahan worked hard in their respective u13 races. Well done all.
Results – U7 1 Ella O’Flaherty, 4 Kate Cunningham.
– U9 Girls: 2 Emma Kelly, 8 Hannah Purcell, 10 Lucy Maher, 12 Aoibhinn Kelly, 13 Anna Cunningham, 15 Beth Cooney. Boys: 1 Daire O’Flaherty, 2 Peter Quinn, 6 Emmett Murphy, 11 Paddy Gibbs, 12 Daniel Hogan, 15 Zach Hennessy, 22 Micheal Trant, 23 Ultan Houlihan.
U11 Girls: 8 Eabha Hanrahan, 9 Emma Hogan, 28 Clodagh Maye. Boys: (Third Team) 2 Paddy Purcell, 10 Shay Molloy, 15 Joshua Malone .
U 13 Girls: 5 Hannah Quinn, 10 Aoife Quinn. Boys: 9 Rory Hanrahan.