There was a clear blue sky in Adamstown at 11.45am as the under 9s went to the line for the open Leinsters cross-country. No hint to what was to come later. What could be described as a cloudburst with storm force winds drove everyone to seek cover and some tents to the heavens. The result was a wet and mucky course as the running continued.
So back to the running – Sinead and Ellen Cormack represented the club in the under 9s and did so very well as they finished 10th and 16th respectively. And then it was the turn of the under 19s. In the girls 4Km race Annie McEvoy was with the front runners from the start. With some 200m to go she looked to have some work to do but once she turned into the finishing straight she turned on the power to finish first in style. Ciara Murphy showed good form to finish 13th and with Issey Shine just three places behind in 16th KCH finished second club just one point behind winners Mullingar AC. the three girls also scored on the second placed county team. The under 19 boys were the star performers. Led by Shay McEvoy, who left the field behind on the first lap and continued to push on in a race of his own, they won the gold medals. Kevin Burns 7th and James Kearney 10th join Shay on the Leinster team for the national finals in Navan on 15th December. Luke Whelan 27th will join the others on the winning club and second placed county team in that final.
Our under 11 girls suffered an early setback when in the massed start a couple of them were knocked to the ground but recovered well to finish 9th. Clodagh O’Callaghan in 39th was first home. The rest to the team was Kate Maher, Eimear McCormack, Martha Bergin and Molly Daly. Robert Lacey 35th and Luke Browne 54th were in excellent form in the under 11 boys race where the county team finished in 4th place. Our under 13 boys had a great run and place 6th. Team members were Oisin Marry 36th, Ruairi McEvoy 38th, Patrick Lacey 47th and Sean Young 53rd. In the under fifteens Tom Lodge surprised many with an outstanding 4th place finish which puts him on the provincal team for the nationals. Joe Kearns 49th ran a steady race and should get a run with the winning county team in the national final. Ellen fitzGerald with a steady run placed 41st in the girls under 17. In the boys race Cathal Kearney and John Muldowney ran well to finish 18th and 22nd respectively.