The numbers competing in todays senior cross-country championships had more the appearance of a Leinster event, particularly in the womens’ race which had thirtytwo on the start line. KCH with eight athletes involved fought a great battle. Caoimhe Foley led the challengeand finished strongly in eight place. Donna Dowling 10th, Cathy Millett 11th and Caitriona Muldowney 13th made an excellent formation. There was excellent backup from Marie Cormack 16th, Joan Martin 21st, Kate Millea 24th and Joya Burns 28th. One more and we could have comfortably entered a team in the B section.
The Men with eleven runners had no problem entering a squad in the B section. The problem they had was getting the “Ducks in a row” for the As. Fielding without such as James Ledingham, Eoin Everard, Toss Hayes, Tom O’Keeffe, Peter Lynch there was a major concern about maintaining a longer winning sequence. This was especially felt as five of the eleven were still in recovery from last Sunday’s Dublin City Marathon. They need not have been concerned. Not only did win the A, they also were second in the B. Brian Maher made this his twelveth senior title. And he was convincing in the win – from three laps out. Lapping many runners he was in the finish chute before second man, Niall Sheehan, Gowran, entered the field. Conor Bolger, one of the marathoners, was competitive and worked his way up to fifth. Mossie Roantree was the real team maker. After a steady start he got a good rhythm going and finished still quite fresh looking right behind Conor. Right to the endof the race it was debateable as to who the fourth man would be. Ken Maher looked the likely candidate in the early stages but Trust Mtinsi came with a second half burst. They finsished 12th and 13th respectively. Men’s placings – 1 Brian Maher, 5 Conor Bolger, 6 Mossie Roantree, 12 Ken Maher, 13 Trust Mtinsi, 18 Graham Bourne, 20 Pat Purcell, 23 Eddie O’Keeffe, 27 Ciaran Hughes, 31 Oisin MacCinneide, 32 David Lawlor.