The weather man forecast an orange warning. It turned out to be a little less than yellow. For the under 19 boys it was bronze. And for Shay McEvoy it was silver. The final cross-country of 2018 was for the national Uneven age Juvenile and Novice, held on the racecourse in Navan co Meath. Our U19 boys had Shay McEvoy setting a strong pace over the hilly course. His efforts brought him national silver and was a major help to the club team which finished in third place. James Kearney (31) was second scorer with Kevin Burns (41) not far away. Luke Whelan (58) finished the scoring. The U19 girls were equally as impressive in their performances as the boys but with less to show at the end of the day. The club team with three to score finished fourth and the county team with four scoring also finished fourth. Annie McEvoy (6)was the only one to get an All-Ireland medal. This she got as first scorer with the second placed Leinster team. Issey Shine (37) and Ciara Murphy (50) were the other team members.
In the U17 races John Muldowney (71) turned in an excellent run and was second member of the county team across the finish line. Ellen FitzGerald (99) had a good workout in the girls race.
Under 15 we had Tom Lodge repeating, no bettering, his Leinster performance. Tom’s cross-country performance in 2018 was outstanding and today was further proof of his abilities. His reward was three All-Ireland medals. Finishing in 10th place he got an individual medal and scored on the county and Leinster teams, both of which won bronze.
In boys under 11 we had Robert Lacey (75) and Luke Browne (134) keeping the KCH colours to the fore. It is encouraging to have young athletes qualifying for national finals. Our thanks to the parents who have supported these athletes throughout the years and major thanks to the club coaches and club officials for their dedication and hard work. As we approach years end we wish all a peaceful Christmas season and continued endeavour and success in 2019.